Youth opera and youth orchestra team up this June in an exciting musical collaboration.

Adelaide Youth Orchestra and some of South Australia’s best young opera singers will present the first staged opera concert in the orchestra’s history.

Maestro Series 2: Passion, the second in AdYO’s popular Maestro series of concerts, will be presented on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.

AdYOPassion will see the young orchestra accompany 12 talented singers from the State Opera of SA’s James and Diana Ramsay Foundation Program in a selection of classic operatic works, semi-staged with costumes and stage direction, to give audiences.

Led by internationally renowned conductor Nicholas Braithwaite, the concert will feature excerpts from Mozart’s comedic opera The Marriage of Figaro, with award-winning singers Jeremy Tatchell  in the title role, and Lisa Cannizzaro as his love, Susanna.

Also on the program are excerpts from Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” and Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier”, both highly technically demanding works never before attempted by AdYO, and featuring talented singers including Hew Wagner, Desiree Frahn and Fiona McArdle.

Maestro Series 2: Passion will mark the second time the orchestra has collaborated with Nicholas Braithwaite after a highly successful Maestro Series concert in 2013.

AdYO Artistic Director Keith Crellin says the concert is an important milestone for the orchestra.

“Never before has AdYO performed as part of a semi-staged opera production, with singers in costume and theatrical lighting and sets, so this is a real landmark concert for us,” he says.

“For our young musicians to work with such an experienced opera conductor as Nicholas Braithwaite and also with singers is very exciting, and a great opportunity for them to learn the subtle art of accompaniment, as well as gain a love of opera.”

AdYO comprises 80 of South Australia’s most talented young musicians, led by Artistic Director Keith Crellin.

Hand-picked by annual audition, each AdYO member is tutored by professional musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the SA Police Band and the Elder Conservatorium of Music at The University of Adelaide to nurture their love of orchestra music and ensure performances of the highest quality.

Adelaide Youth Orchestra
Maestro Series 2: Passion
6.30pm – Saturday, June 27, 2015
3.00pm – Sunday, June 28, 2015
State Opera of SA Studio, 216 Marion Road, Netley
Tickets: $30 adults / $26 concession & Seniors Card /$20 students & children / $28pp for groups 8+ /$80 family (2 adults + 2 children)
Bookings through AdYO on 8233 6256 or

Photos courtesy of AdYO