The Cathedral Room

An exclusive event accompanied by enticing
performances from a cast of Australia’s best-loved
opera stars in support of State Opera South
Australia’s Digital Enhancement Strategy.


$250 PER PERSON | $2,300 FOR A TABLE OF 10
Your ticket includes a 3-course dinner
and premium Shingleback Wine.


In 2019 State Opera has leapt into a number of exciting pilot programs and projects focussed on diversifying access to the operatic art form, the extension of our geographic reach, and the business capability enhancements required to leverage our talent both on and behind the stage. These projects include the first live broadcast by State Opera of a mainstage production to regional and remote areas as well as the purchase and upgrade of systems and equipment to improve customer service and patron experience. We want to continue to do all this, and more! Future aspirations include online vocal support lessons, video-capture of rehearsals-in-action experiences, podcasts featuring our Artistic Director, and the digital release and distribution of our successful Opera Discovery Days as a free education tool for students everywhere.


Don’t miss your very own Merry Widow Antoinette Halloran as you’ve never seen her before, or the Cunning Little Vixen herself Desiree Frahn as she steps out of a fox costume and into something far more elegant. Hear some of the best male voices in the country as Paul O’Neill, James Clayton, Pelham Andrews and Douglas McNicol share the beauty and strength of the grand operatic repertoire alongside something surprising. The delightful Greta Bradman will visit her hometown to spend the evening with us, and there will be music and song and laughs a-plenty around Simon Kenway’s grand piano!

Greta Bradman


Stunning soprano Greta Bradman is one of Australasia’s most celebrated operatic and concert artists. Her 2015 début album for Decca Classics My Hero (c. Richard Bonynge; English Chamber Orchestra) received five-star reviews and topped the classical and classical crossover ARIA charts for several months. Her new album Home (c. Luke Dollman; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) is scheduled for release in 2018.

Antoinette Halloran


One of Australia’s most accomplished and best-loved sopranos, Antoinette Halloran performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio.

Desiree Frahn


Desiree Frahn is a South Australian soprano. She is a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium and a former James and Diana Ramsey Foundation Young Artist.
For State Opera she has appeared as Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Leila (The Pearl Fishers), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Rose Pickles (Cloudstreet! - World Premiere), Pamina (Magic Flute), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Bastienne (Bastien und Bastienne), and Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly). In 2018 she performed in the Australian premiere of Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back for Gertrude Opera. In 2019 she stars as the Vixen in State Opera’s production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen.

Douglas McNicol


Regarded as one of Australia’s most versatile and experienced baritones, notable engagements include the world premiere seasons of Richard Meale’s Voss 1986 (Adelaide Festival), and Richard Mills’ The Love of the Nightingale 2007 (Perth International Arts Festival). He has gained a reputation for excellence in contemporary opera, performing such roles as the Lieutenant in John Haddock’s opera, Madeline Lee for Opera Australia, Owen Hart in the Australian premiere of Dead Man Walking, Captain Gardiner Moby Dick (SOSA) and Roy Disney in Phillip Glass’ The Perfect American (OQ/ Brisbane Festival).

Paul O'Neill


Australian tenor Paul O’Neill has, over the past decade, forged a compelling international career in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe and Australasia.

Most recently, he sang Don José (Carmen) and Alfredo (La traviata) for West Australian Opera, Rodolfo (La bohème) and Narraboth (Salome) for Opera Australia, the title role in Faust for Theater Münster, Cavaradossi (Tosca) in both Perth and Magdeburg and Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) throughout China, Future engagements Sweeney Todd and Macbeth for West Australian Opera, The Cunning Little Vixen for State Opera of SA and major concert appearances with the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.

James Clayton


Praised for his vocal phrasing and colour, James is one the most versatile singers to emerge from Australia in recent years. He has been lauded by audiences and reviewers alike for his performances throughout the opera houses and concert halls of Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Pelham Andrews


Bass Pelham Andrews trained in Australia, the UK and Germany, and is a graduate of the Cardiff International Academy of Voice and the Adelaide University. A former Young Artist of the State Opera of South Australia, Pelham has performed extensively with that company in the roles of Padre Guardiano (La forza del Destino), Colline (La Bohème), Nourabad (Les Pêcheurs de Perles), Lodovico (Otello), Zuniga (Carmen), Friedrich Bhaer (the Australian premiere of Mark Adamo’s Little Women), Count Ribbing (Un Ballo in Maschera), Jake Wallace (La Fanciulla del West), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), the Stationmaster (Blake's The Station), the Mandarin (Turandot), and the Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly).

Simon Kenway


Simon Kenway is an established and highly respected orchestral and operatic conductor. He has held posts as Principal Chorus Master of Opera Australia, Musical Director for Opera in the Vineyards, Opera by George and Opera Under The Stars in Broome, and Conductor and Chief Vocal Coach for the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. He now works as a freelance conductor, both internationally and in Australia, and has been Artistic Director of Pacific Opera since 2015.