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BPO explores the magical world of opera under the baton of the newly appointed Head of Opera at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Mr Nicholas Cleobury. The program features a variety of enchanting arias, songs, and orchestral interludes from some of the best-known and most well-loved operas.

Our soloists for the event are the winners of our 2017 Concerto Competition which, in tradition, provides a platform for emerging Queensland artists to feature as soloists with BPO.


Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury

Annika Hinrichs (soprano)
Anna Stephens (soprano)
Oliver Boyd (baritone)
(Winners of the 2017 BPO Concerto Competition)

Wagner              Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Mahler               Lieder Eeines Fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Berlioz               Roman Carnival Overture
Offenbach         The Tales of Hoffmann:
                           Elle a Fui la Tourterelle and Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille (doll song)
Mascagni          Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Donizetti           The Daughter of t Regiment: 
                          C'en est donc fait  
and Par le rang et par l'opulence
Saint-Saëns     Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila


Nicholas Cleobury is Head of Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane, Artistic Director of Mid-Wales Opera, Principal Conductor of John Armitage Memorial (JAM), Founder Director of Sounds New and Founder Laureate of the Britten Sinfonia.

Nicholas Cleobury has conducted all the major UK orchestras and widely in Europe, Hong Kong, Scandinavia, Singapore, South Africa, USA and beyond. He works regularly for the BBC and Classicfm, has appeared at most British Music Festivals, often at the Proms and made many recordings.

He has conducted numerous opera companies from ENO, Glyndebourne and Opera North to Canadian Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, the Royal Opera Stockholm and extensively for Zurich Opera. He has been Principal Opera Conductor at the Royal Academy of Music and Music Director of Broomhill Opera.

Nicholas Cleobury has made an enormous contribution to the performance and fostering of contemporary music, having worked with many leading ensembles and composers, most notably Sir Michael Tippett, given countless premieres and promoted many young composers.

He is also a specialist choral conductor, having been Assistant Director at the BBC Singers. He has worked with choirs all over the world, from the Swedish and Danish Radio Choirs, to the Berkshire Choral Festival (UK and USA) and Die Konzertisten in Hong Kong and numerous major choirs in the UK, including the Royal and Huddersfield Choral Societies.

He has a particular gift and flair for working with young people and students, as conductor, lecturer and teacher, at most of the UK music colleges, and with British Youth Opera, Jette Parker (ROH), the National Opera Studio, Oxford University Music Faculty, University of Cambridge Faculty of Music and the Southbank Sinfonia.

He is an Honorary RAM and Fellow of Christ Church University Canterbury, MA (Oxon), FRCO and a Trustee of Britten in Oxford, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Sounds New and Youth Music.

For more information visit: www.nicholascleobury.net