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High Tea At The Opera!

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In conjunction with Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, we proudly present HIGH TEA AT THE OPERA!

Following Champagne on arrival and a delicious cocktail-style High Tea, you will thrill to the wonderful voices of two of Opera Australia’s legendary stars, Cheryl Barker AO and, Peter Coleman-Wright AO.

During their long and illustrious careers, Cheryl and Peter (husband & wife) have sung in the world’s most acclaimed opera houses including La Scala (Milan), The Met (New York), Covent Garden (London) and the Paris Opera.

After a conversation with the Foundation’s Chairman John Bell AO, Cheryl and Peter will share some of their favourite pieces in their opera repertoire.

An intimate & very special event with two of Opera Australia’s greats. An event not to be missed by lovers of fine music!

3-6pm SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22, 2024 - The Conservatory  (3-4pm welcome drinks and high tea / 4-6 performance with seating provided)

$150 per person includes afternoon tea and performance, with proceeds going to Bouddi Foundation for the Arts.

Raffle available on the day. $50 per ticket to win a Two-Night, All-inclusive Stay at Pretty Beach House! Monies raised will go directly to Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, supporting our young, local rising stars.


BOOK A ROOM AND STAY THE NIGHT - FROM $779 in a King suite for 2 people, including 3-course a la carte dinner and delicious hot breakfast



Cheryl is particularly noted for her international performances of Madama Butterfly, singing this role for English National Opera, De Vlaamse Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Netherlands Opera and Houston Grand Opera, for whom she has also performed Sarah in the world premiere of Jake Heggie’s The End of the Affair.

Other international appearances include Jenifer (A Midsummer Marriage) for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin) and Adina (L’elisir d’amore) for Scottish Opera, Oksana (Christmas Eve), Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Governess/Miss Jessel (The Turn of the Screw), Musetta (La bohème), Donna Elvira, Tosca, Salome and Emilia Marty (The Makropoulos Case) for ENO, the title role in Maria Stuarda (ReisOper); Violetta (Hamburg Statsoper and Deutsche Oper/Berlin); Suor Angelica, Giorgetta, Mimi,Desdemona(Otello) and Liù (Turandot)/De Vlaamse Opera and Katya Kabanova (Welsh National Opera and Geneva).

She appears regularly with Opera Australia, where her roles have included Nedda/Pagliacci, Countess/Le nozze di Figaro, Mimì in the award winning Baz Luhrmann production of La bohème, Violetta/La traviata, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Tatyana, Giorgetta, Suor Angelica and Lauretta (Il Trittico) and the title roles in Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Jenufa and Rusalka.

On the concert platform, Cheryl Barker has appeared at many prestigious international venues including London’s Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, and the Halle Orchestra.  She has sung in the Edinburgh, Spoleto and Melbourne Festivals as well as touring nationally for Musica Viva in 2005 and 2008.

Television, videos and recordings include Puccini Arias and Pure Diva (Melba Recordings), Seduction & Persuasion and Don John of Austria (ABC Classics), La bohème and Madama Butterfly/Opera Australia, Madam Butterfly (Chandos), Madama Butterfly/De Vlaamse Opera (Belgium/Netherlandse Television) and Dyson’s Quo Vadis, Katya Kabanova, Makropolous Case, Rusalka and Great Operatic Arias (Chandos).


Peter is widely considered one of the most versatile singers in the world today, equally home in opera, concert and recital. His extensive and varied repertoire has taken him to many of the worlds greatest Opera Companies and Concert Halls. He has sung throughout Europe at La Scala Milan, La Fenice Venice, Netherlands Opera, Munich, Geneva, Paris, Bordeaux, Flanders and at the Aix-en Provence and Bregenz Festivals.

In the United Kingdom he has been a frequent guest of the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival. He has worked for the Aldeburgh Festival at the BBC Proms and with all the leading orchestras at London’s South Bank, Albert Hall, The Barbican, Bridgewater Hall and the Wigmore Halls.

In North America he has sung at the Metropolitan Opera New York, New York City Opera, Houston, Santa Fe and Vancouver. He has sung extensively for Opera Australia and has worked with all the major symphony orchestras throughout all the principal Concert Halls.

He has sung more that 60 roles including Figaro, Forester, Michele, Scarpia, Marcello, Sharpless, Don Giovanni, Count, Onegin, Dandini, Billy Budd, Gunther, Golaud, Germont, Chorebe, Wolfram, Pizzaro, and Sweeny Todd. His numerous awards include Helpman Awards for Todd and The Traveller (Death in Venice), Green room awards for Billy Budd, Orestes, and Harry Joy (Brett Dean). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Melbourne University in 2009.

Peter has recorded for EMI, Chandos, Telarc, Hyperion, LSO live and ABC Classics. Recordings include, Oedipus Rex, Mass of Life, Owen Wingrave, Paul Bunyan, Fidelio , Benvenuto Cellini, Rape of Lucretia among others. Recent engagements include concerts in Madrid, world premiere of Harry Joy in Bliss (Brett Dean) for OA and Edinburgh Festival, Rape of Lucretia Aldeburgh and Macbeth for OA.


John Bell, Chairman of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, is one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre personalities. In a career of acting and directing, John Bell has been instrumental in shaping the Australian theatre industry as we know it.

In 1990, Bell founded the theatre company Bell Shakespeare and has produced, among others, HamletRomeo and JulietThe Taming of the ShrewRichard IIIPericlesHenry IVHenry VJulius CaesarAntony and CleopatraThe Comedy of ErrorsThe Merchant of VeniceThe TempestKing Lear, and Goldoni’s Servant of Two Masters.

He has directed several operas for Opera Australia, including acclaimed productions of Tosca (2013, 2017, 2018 & 2021; and Carmen (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020).In the New Years Day Honours of 1978, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). In the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 1987, he was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). In Australia Day Honours of 2009, he was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

His achievements in theatre have been acknowledged by the Universities of Newcastle (1994) and Sydney (1996), both of which have awarded him an honorary Doctorate of Letters.

In 2001, a painting of Bell by artist Nicholas Harding won the Archibald Prize. In 2002, Bell’s performance of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, in Richard III earned him a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Play. In 2003, the Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, presented Bell with the Cultural Leader of the Year Award. In 2009, he received the JC Williamson Award for his life’s work in the live performance industry. He has been named an Australian Living Treasure.


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