Opera stars unite in benefit to help gifted singer

March 12, 2014 by  

Some of the nation’s top opera stars have banded together to perform at a special benefit concert to help young artist Samuel Sakker move to London and further his career.

Sakker, 28, has been selected from almost 400 budding artists from 58 countries to participate in the Jette Parker Young Artists Program, hosted at the Royal Opera House in the Covent Garden area of the British capital.

Only five young performers were selected and three were from Australia.

The benefit concert – to be held on April 13th at the Waki Auditorium ABC Southbank Centre in South Melbourne, Victoria – will feature the talents of baritone Jose Carbo, soprano Emma Matthews and Deborah Humble, who is a mezzo-soprano. Accompanied by Raymond Lawrence, the trio will perform duets, arias and solo numbers, including works by Puccini, Brahms and Verdi.

Sakker already has an impressive array of achievements to his credit since launching onto the music scene after completing a Bachelor of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2008.

His association with Opera Australian began the same year, when the talented vocalist joined the full-time chorus. He also fulfilled a number of roles as a performer and understudy in various productions.

The talented tenor has won a number of awards, including a scholarship in 2011 and 2012 with the Dame Nellie Melba Opera ,and runner-up in the More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant in 2010.

It’s likely that many of the Sydney-born tenor’s performances have been featured on marketing material by brochure printers.