Join Victoria Chorale
Victoria Chorale is a friendly choir performing exciting repertoire. We welcome all experienced singers. We normally rehearse 7.30pm, Tuesday nights at St Columbs church hall in Hawthorn. Please view our promotional video by clicking here.
Our rehearsals are currently suspended, and will resume in the future, once it is safe to do so.
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Victoria Chorale is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing excellent choral music for audiences and choristers alike. Your donation will help us to continue offering concerts which engage, delight and inspire. We will be most grateful for any donation you can make.
Donations over $2 are tax-deductible and you will be emailed a receipt.
Victoria Chorale greatly appreciates any donation you might make. Your support is enabling us to provide good will payments to our fabulous conductor and accompanist and to the ten world-class artists involved in our cancelled production of Carmen. Your donation will also enable Victoria Chorale to provide concerts which delight and inspire in the ‘post lockdown’ world which poses many challenges for the performing arts.
Here is how you can make a tax deductible donation to Victoria Chorale:
Use the Donate button on the top right of this page. You will be sent a tax deductible receipt.
Make a donation by internet transfer to:
Victoria Chorale Donations Fund
BSB 633 000
Acct 162 507 255
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Victoria Chorale Committee
Greetings and Good Wishes!
Warm greetings and good wishes to all our choristers and loyal supporters. We hope you are enjoying the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions and that music is adding joy to your life.
We want to give heartfelt thanks to all who have donated recently, enabling Victoria Chorale to make goodwill payments to our conductor, accompanist, and the professional artists whose performances were cancelled when we were unable to present Carmen.
Victoria Chorale, like most choirs, is waiting for Government decisions and Peak Body advice before resuming rehearsals or performances, as the health of our choristers and audiences is paramount.
We have been keeping connected as a vibrant choral organisation through some wonderful Zoom interviews with the soloists, narrator and director of our planned Carmen concert. We plan to present it when the time is right. In the meantime, we are getting to know the wonderful artists we will be working with and learning more about what they will bring to the production.
We are sharing these interviews, hosted by our inimitable
conductor Mario Dobernig, on our website. We hope you’ll enjoy looking at some of them, meeting the delightful artists and enjoying Mario’s interesting and sometimes cheeky questions.
We greatly appreciate the loyalty of our friends and supporters and hope you are all keeping in excellent health and good spirits. We look forward to sharing beautiful music with you once again when this crisis is over.
You can read more about the remarkable soloists who were engaged to perform in our production of Carmen here.
Zoom interview with baritone José Carbó
The delightful Argentine-Australian baritone José Carbó was scheduled to perform the role of Escamillo in our production of Carmen. During this interview, he demonstrates several excellent singing tips, and tells the surprising story of how he went from being a builder to an opera star!
Zoom interview with tenor Bradley Daley
You won’t want to miss this interview with Bradley Daley, as tells of his remarkable pathway to becoming an opera singer. He claims that he was booted out of his acting course at the end of his first year, but this man can definitely keep you captivated with the tales he has to tell! Bradley was scheduled to play the role of Don José in our production of Carmen.
Zoom interview with Desiree Frahn, Micaela (soprano)
Lyric soprano Desiree Frahn was scheduled to perform the
role of Micaela in our production of Carmen. In this engaging interview, she describes the challenges of getting a start on an opera career when you grow up in a country town. She demonstrates a yodelling warm-up and sings a delightful rendition of Christopher Robin is saying his prayers with her rescued tawny frogmouth sitting on her knee!
Zoom interview with Claire Patti-Chehade (soprano) and Celeste Haworth (mezzo)
There was a technical hitch at the start of this zoom, which Mario overcame by using his phone as well as computer so he could conduct the interview. This worked remarkably well. You will learn lots about these two wonderful singers who were scheduled to play Frasquita (Claire) and Mercédès (Celeste) in our production of Carmen. You will also get a chance to try out Claire’s fun warm-up, adding actions to singing ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’!
Zoom interview with Michael Lampard (baritone)
Michael Lampard, one of Australisa's leading young
dramatic baritones, was scheduled to play both Morales and Dancairo in Victoria Chorale's postponed production of Carmen. He made his debut for Opera Australia as Schaunard in the 2019-2020 Sydney season of La Boheme. He has sung over 50 opera roles, performing extensively with Victorian Opera and Melbourne Opera. Michael has also performed in Rome, Paris and the UK and at twenty-one years of age, was a finalist in Placido Domingo's Operalia competition.
In this engaging interview, Michael talks about some of his memorable career moments, one of which includes actually getting stabbed onstage when a retractable dagger got stuck! He also provides some singing warm-ups and encourages us all to 'Just sing' and 'Sing more'.
Zoom interview with Don Bridges, Actor
In this fascinating interview with Don Bridges, you’ll see him demonstrate some of the accents he has had to adopt for roles he has played, and what some of his favourite productions have been – with the Jack Irish TV programs rating highly. Don was scheduled to narrate our production of Carmen, adding great verve and flair.
Zoom interview with Sara Brodie, Director
In this thoughtful discussion with Sara Brodie, she talks about the ideas she was planning to incorporate into her direction of our production of Carmen, and illustrates how she draws on choreography in her productions.
Zoom interview with Henry Choo (tenor)
Henry Choo, one of Australia’s most versatile lyric tenors,
was scheduled to play Remendado in Victoria Chorale's production of Carmen. He has performed many principal roles for Opera Australia and many of Australia's state opera companies. On the concert platform, Henry has performed internationally and with almost all the major Australian and New Zealand orchestras.
In this interview, Henry demonstrates aspects of his voice technique, demonstrates two great warm-ups for choristers, and talks about his passion for AFL as well as for singing.