Canberra Symphony Orchestra Opera Gala

Conductor: Nicholas Milton AM
Soloists: Guest artists from the State Opera House of Saarbrücken, Germany (Saarländisches Staatstheater)

The CSO’s Opera Gala is always one of the highlights of each season, and 2017 will be an epic concert event that will see international opera stars from one of Germany’s major state opera houses perform with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra.

The CSO's Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Milton AM has been General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Opera House of Saarbrücken, Germany, since 2014, and he has invited six of the company's extraordinary artists to perform an exquisite repertoire of opera favourites in Llewellyn Hall. The soloists, who are ensemble members from this major European opera house are star singers who have performed throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan.

This Canberra-only performance is made possible through a special international cultural exchange initiative by the federal governments of Australia and Germany.

Whether you love opera or want to explore this fantastical world for the first time, the 2017 CSO Opera Gala is simply not to be missed!

“Australia and Germany enjoy long-standing cultural links... Both countries are vibrant cultural centres, with Australia displaying a modern sensibility along with our unique Indigenous heritage, and Germany acknowledged as one of the world’s leading locations for innovation and excellence in cultural pursuits. This distinctively unique musical collaboration recognises and honours the significant positive effect of cultural and exchange in building mutual understanding and respect between societies.” - Nicholas Milton AM