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Infuse your senses

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018

Tenor Brad Cooper is inviting everyone to come along to his cabaret performance on Saturday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Tenor Brad Cooper is inviting everyone to come along to his cabaret performance on Saturday. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

Life is a cabaret! At least it will be at the Regional Art Gallery on Saturday.

Take a journey back in time with tenor Brad Cooper and pianist Jonathan Wilson as they infuse your senses with the atmosphere of a stunning Berlin ‘Kabarett’ Club. 

From the Wartime hits of Coward and Novello, the hilarity of the Comedian Harmonists via the tumult of Berlin, to the irreverence of today, KABARETT! is a celebration of wild electric decadence and dangerously dark humour. 

The doors open from 6pm with the performance starting at 6.30pm.

Brad has been performing in the city since 2015 with the Arias in the Outback.

“I have family here, my sister, brother-in-law and nieces live on Glen Idol Station on the Barrier Highway,” Brad said.

“I also really love the community, I love the feel and vibe of the audience when you perform.

“People are really interested and so embracing.”

As well as Saturday’s performance, Brad will be giving workshops for school students, working with vocal students at Theatre 44 and the Philharmonic Choir.

“I will be conducting workshops at the gallery for Morgan Street School, I will also give a workshop for Marilyn Harris’ vocal students on Thursday night, then on Monday I will be working with the Philharmonic Choir.”

Brad said the ‘Kabarett’ Show will be different from his past performances.

“It will be popular songs from the 1930s and 1940s, there will be comic songs and cabaret songs.

“There is definitely a lighter feel.”

Brad said he has just finished performing in Cleveland Ohio at the Bop Stop! The show has also been performed in Sydney and Newcastle.

“I just knew I had to bring it to Broken Hill.

“Come one, come all, everyone is welcome.

“You can come for a few drinks and then head out for dinner afterwards.”

Brad studied at the National Opera Studio in London and with Marilyn Horne at the Music Academy of the West, California. 

Back in Australia, he debuted as Albert in Albert Herring for Opera Australia in 2013.

In the 2015 season Brad played Tamino in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia, Orfeo in Haydn’s Orfeo and Euridice under Richard Bonynge, and with pianist David Barnard for ‘Don’t Mention the War’ at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

Jonathan Wilson was awarded a Doctorate of Music (Piano Performance) by the University of Montreal, under the tutelage of Marc Durand and Paul Stewart. 

Over the past ten years, Jonathan has performed regularly throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia and France. 

Jonathan has won numerous competitions including first prize in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, second prize in the Australian National Piano Award and third prize and highest placed pianist in the Bromsgrove Young Artists Platform. 

Both Brad and Jonathan work with Opera Australia.

Tickets available from the Gallery, with tickets $35 for adults and $80 for a family of two adults and children.

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