Earlybird registrations are open for the Melbourne International Singers Festival 2018

From the 7th to the 11th of June. Proudly presented by the School of Hard Knocks

Now in its 9th consecutive year, Melbourne International Singers Festival will be led by Guest Conductor RICHARD GILL AO and Australia’s finest conductors, musicians and singers including: The Song Company, Choir of Hard Knocks, MEN ALOUD!, XL Arts, Warren Wills, Claire Patti and Dr Jonathon Welch AM.


JOIN one of our wonderful Festival Choruses, led by Richard Gill, Claire Patti and Dr Jonathon Welch respectively.

BRING your School or Community Choir to a workshop or masterclass with Richard Gill, one of Australia’s finest, and funniest music educators.

SEE the internationally acclaimed, award winning The Song Company with Artistic Director, Antony Pitts, in “True Love Story” …. AND the exciting young talents of XL Arts under the artistic direction of Liane Keegan, as they perform in recital!

SING in a Festival Showcase Concert with your choir.

MISF has a proud history of presenting new Australian works, and will present TWO WORLD PREMIERES in 2018 under the inspiring creative direction of Olivier nominated composer, music theatre producer and performer Warren Wills with the School of Hard Knocks MEN ALOUD! and award winning CHOIR OF HARD KNOCKS.

For more information about the Festival program please go to http://schoolofhardknocks.org.au

We can’t wait to see you all at MISF 2018 for another extraordinary weekend of workshops, educational experiences and performances that will leave you challenged, inspired and entertained! Dr Jonathon Welch AM, Founding Artistic Director

Book Now! Earlybird registrations apply if registered by May 25th!

An unforgettable weekend at #MISF18

Proceeds support the School of Hard Knocks in providing arts and cultural programs to the vulnerable and marginalised in our community.

Contact misf@schoolofhardknocks.org.au OR 0419 337 283

2018 Melbourne Cabaret Festival



Tuesday 19 June, 6.30pm

Some of the best highlights from shows from across the festival in the one extravaganza, hosted by the one and only Dolly Diamond.

Katya: The Minx From Minsk

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June, 6:30pm

Katya Ulyana Anastasiya Svet. Her passport has more names than stamps because she has never left Minsk. She’s dark, sexy and powerful at her core, even if she doesn’t know it yet. Innately a klutz, Katya believes her true strength lies in becoming a Bond girl. With Melbourne soul-songstress Jessica Papst and a killer band led by Shanon Whitelock. It’s time to learn when to kiss and when to kill.

Kabaret Dietrich

Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June, 8.30pm

A delicious theatrical affair unveiling the alluring enigma of Marlene Dietrich through song and story with Nikki Nouveau.

Set in Weimar Republic Berlin, Kabaret Dietrich unmasks the trials of the ageing film star, from her early beginnings as a musician, an under-recognised performance career in cabaret and theatre, through to her emergence as a shining legend of the silver screen.

Featuring a repertoire of cabaret classics, including ‘Falling In Love Again’, ‘Lili Marlene’and ‘La Vie En Rose’, delivered in German, French and English with accompaniment by piano, accordion and musical saw.

‘Nouveau demonstrated the very best of cabaret with style and grace’– Cabaret Scenes Magazine, NYC

‘Beautifully rendered biography through song, dance & music of legendary Marlene Dietrich’– Fourth Wall Media

Nancy Sinatra – You Only Live Twice

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June, 6.30pm

Danielle O’Malley is following her 2017 sell-out seasons of ‘You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story’, with a sexy, sassy tribute to another icon of 60s pop – Miss Nancy Sinatra. With swinging hits like Something Stupid, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Summer Wine, Lightning’s Girl and These Boots are Made for Walkin’, plus a little gossip about dating Elvis and taking Ol’ Blue Eyes to parent/teacher night – this one is guaranteed to be a perfect night out for 60s music fans and footwear-fetishists alike.‘

The real quality is in O’Malley’s singing and her ability to capture Sinatra’s vocal essence…perfect.’— The West Australian.

‘Brilliant…this is a show not to be missed.’— Perth Cafe Culture

Written and Performed by Danielle O’Malley, Jeremy Stanford and Mark Jones. Directed by Jeremy Stanford. Musical direction by Mark Jones with a line-up of piano, bass, and percussion

God Only Knows: The Brian Wilson Songbook

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 June, 8.30pm

Brian Wilson is undisputed as one of the greatest composers of all time. Through The Beach Boys he revolutionised the world of contemporary music. Behind the song-writing, Wilson’s life was emotional and complex; the music frequently mirroring life as he knew it. Accompanied by band, cabaret rock star Drew Downing narrates the life of Wilson through one of the most acclaimed songbooks of any composer:

Surfin’ USA • Wouldn’t It Be Nice • I Get Around • Good Vibrations •When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) • Surfer Girl • In My Room • God Only Knows, plus many more.

The ninth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival bursts onto the stage with some of the most fabulous and seductive cabaret from across Australia.

Returning to Chapel Off Chapel with an even bigger program, up to 10 performances daily, from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 1 July 2018. Featuring 20 brand new cabaret shows, the festival again provides an opportunity to see new works from established and emerging artists before they tour to take on the national and world festival stages.

Queen of Cabaret, Dolly Diamond returns as the festival’s Artistic Director. ‘Well there’s no denying that 2017 was a fabulous year for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, so the pressures on to make this year’s festival even bigger.

We’ve absolutely loved gathering such an eclectic line-up of performers for 2018, See you at The Chapel….’Program highlights include:

Opening Gala

Some of the best highlights from shows from across the festival in the one extravaganza, hosted by the one and only Dolly Diamond.

God Only Knows: The Brian Wilson Songbook

Brian Wilson is undisputedly one of the greatest composers of all time. Through The Beach Boys he revolutionised the world of contemporary music. Behind the song-writing, Wilson’s life was emotional and complex; the music frequently mirroring life as he knew it. Accompanied by band, cabaret rockstar Drew Downing narrates the life of Wilson through one of the most acclaimed songbooks of any composer.

Sun Rising

This critically acclaimed show pays homage to the early music of Memphis record label, Sun Records. The label was owned by a man named Sam Phillips, who went on to discover Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, BB King and more. Sun Rising tell their amazing stories, beautifully tied together with the incredible music. David Cosma, acoustic guitar, vocals narration; Damon Smith, piano, vocals, narration; Adrian Whyte, electric guitar, vocals; Trent McKenzie, bass, vocals; Adam Coad, drums, vocals; and Cookie Baker, vocals.

Shaken – A James Bond Cabaret

The Man. The Number. The License. His name is Bond, James Bond. Join Charlie D. Barkle and Erin Hutchinson as they plunge head first into over 50 years of James Bond iconography. Pitting the seven ‘Bond’ actors against each other in a race to determine, scientifically, which of them is the greatest all-time Bond. The award winning Shaken is packed with some of the greatest Bond themes, trivia, and anecdotes. Including hits from Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, and Tina Turner.

What Doesn’t Kill You [blah blah] Stronger

A river guide gets swallowed by a hippopotamus…and survives. A British stewardess makes it through three shipwrecks. Winner of the two major awards from this year’s Perth Fringe World Festival this outstanding production reveals several bizarre, extraordinary, but true, tales of survival from all over the world. Starring Erin Hutchinson, Tyler Jacob Jones and Joshua Haines on piano.

NEW Creative Meditation Workshops in St Kilda

Stressed out? Anxious? Overwhelmed?

Just relax they say

Take deep breaths they say

Be mindful they say

Great – So now you have mindfully hyperventilated

Relaxed? Nope 

So, you try another approach and finally make it to that Yoga class, or you’re soaking up a sunrise view in lotus position and trying to still your mind with ‘Om’ and…. up pops that darn “to-do” list – again! Sigh.  Sound familiar?

That was my world too until I discovered the art of ‘Doodling for Relaxation’, a form of creative meditation or Yoga for the Brain. Finally, something to quiet the monkey mind, and I bet you know him, he’s the one in your head swinging from tree(topic) to tree, screeching and laughing and never sitting still! Well here is a tool that will settle that guy down to a nice quiet grooming session, giving you a bit of well-deserved time out from his noisy chatter and the world of endless ‘to do’ lists, stresses and anxieties. Now you can finally relax and take those deep breaths – relaxing without hyperventilating

And it’s good for you!

Studies have shown that being able to regularly reach a mindful meditative state increases mental retention, stimulates creativity and improves one’s mood, self-confidence and helps to reset the brain (a bit like hitting restart on your computer).

Various forms of creative meditation and art therapies are used by phycologists, health and education professionals around the world to help people cope with stress, pain, anger management, anxiety, depression and rehabilitation.

Introducing ‘Doodling for Relaxation’ sessions in St Kilda

The weekly workshops are hosted by artist Marloes Bakker-Marsden of Busy Pen Studios and held in St Kilda at Blank Canvas Co-working space on Acland St on Saturday mornings.

These adult workshops introduce you to the world of abstract illustration which is an easy, fun and stress-free art form that anyone can do, no artistic talent needed, just a desire to try something new and fun, in a safe and friendly environment.

They will guide you through the drawing techniques and mindset skills that make this form of creative meditation so effective and enjoyable.

So come on! join us, you won’t regret it 😊

Warning – Highly addictive!  Side effects can be spontaneous creativity with associated smiling, growing sense of tranquillity and a burgeoning passion for fine pens and papers.

Bookings at www.busypens.com/shop

Contact Marloes at info@busypens.com, Mbl 0405 942 237

Instagram – Marloes.bm

Facebook – Busy Pen Studios P/L 


Almost Face To Face

Tue 8 to Sat 12 May 

Is it ever too late to face up to what you have become?

Written during an Australia Council Irish Residency, Almost Face To Face, from Awgie Award winning Stephen House takes a risky and touching journey into a hidden Dublin world.

Nominated: Best Independent Actor – Green Room Awards

Original and powerful… lurid and confronting ultimately touching theatre – The Age

Fantastic one man show… House is an amazing story teller… not to be missed – The Music

The skill of this AWGIE Award winning writer and actor is reflected in a script relishing in the fragility of humanity – Arts Hub


Tuesday 08 May 2018 6:00pm
Wednesday 09 May 2018 7:00pm
Thursday 10 May 2018 7:00pm
Friday 11 May 2018 6:00pm
Saturday 12 May 2018 7:00pm


Full $34
Concession $30
Group (6+) $27
Member $27
All transactions attract a one-off $3.95 booking fee





Stephen has had 20 plays and four short films produced, and five Exhibitions. He has been commissioned often and directs/performs his work. He has won two AWGIE Awards from The Australian Writers Guild, an Adelaide Fringe Award, The Rhonda Jancovic Poetry Award for Social Justice and many press awards. He was Shortlisted for the Patrick White and Queensland Premier Drama Awards, Overland’s Fair Australia Fiction Prize, a Greenroom Best Independent Actor Award and several poetry prizes. He has received International literature residencies from The Australia Council to Canada, USA and Ireland, an Asia-link literature residency India and an Island Of Residencies to Tasmania. 

His plays have been read, toured and produced and he has performed nationally and internationally. He has been Artistic Director of many events including community arts events and productions. He has worked with theatre companies nationally. 

Stephen has performed his acclaimed solo shows, Appalling Behaviour and Almost Face To Face widely.

Agnes of God


Agnes of God
Powderkeg Players presents Agnes of God.
An amateur production by arrangement with Origin Theatrical on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by: Drew Mason
Written by: John Pielmeier

Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of a novice accused of murdering her newborn. Miriam Ruth, the Mother Superior, determinedly keeps young Agnes from the doctor, further arousing Livingston’s questions force all three women to re-examine the meaning of faith.

Don’t miss out on this powerful production that is sure to blow you away.

Powderkeg Players are the west’s best kept secret. You have no idea what you have been missing out on.

Shows (Gold & Bronze Membership)
04/05/2018 8.00pm | Admin Fee $10.00 | ALL TICKETS GONE!
05/05/2018 8.00pm | Admin Fee $10.00 | ALL TICKETS GONE!

Dempster Park Hall
82 Phoenix Street
Sunshine, Victoria

The Naked Self – Michele Lee & Tanya Dickson

The Naked Self 

Michele Lee & Tanya Dickson 

8 – 17 Jun 2018

How do you really feel about your body?
Returning in a specially curated new season, The Naked Self is a beautiful installation that blends both confessional and digital cultures.
The Naked Self invites participants to listen to audio portraits of strangers who reveal stories and secrets about their bodies.
Participants also have the opportunity to step into a private booth, undress and contribute an audio self-portrait to the growing The Naked Self archive.
A voice guides the naked participants through a gentle examination of their bodies and to view themselves in a totally different perspective.
Artists Michele Lee and Tanya Dickson explain that The Naked Self is a chance to share in the uniqueness of every body, “There could be thousands of pictures of you online: photographic ‘selfies’ contrived to capture your best angles and features. This is an opportunity to really express how you feel about yourself and your body.”
Honest, generous and affecting, The Naked Self was first seen at the Festival of Live Art at Arts House in 2016 where it was described as “a lovely, gentle, respectful piece that carves out the opportunity to listen to and commune with the one thing that never leaves us: our bodies.”
Michele Lee is an Asian- Australian playwright and theatre-maker based in Melbourne working across stage and audio. Recipient of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama and the 2016-17 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for Rice, Lee’s works explore female identity, otherness, intimacy and chaotic worlds (usually through a non-Anglo perspective). She has been commissioned by Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Next Wave, ABC RN, Darwin Festival, Westside Circus and St Martins.
A director, creative producer and graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, Tanya Dickson has worked with Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, fortyfivedownstairs, the National Play Festival, Adelaide Fringe,
True North Festival, Red Stitch Actors Theatre, MKA Theatre of New Writing, Next Wave, You are Here Festival and Darwin Festival.
Season 8 – 17 Jun 2018
From 4pm – 8pm, Fri & Sat
From 12pm – 4pm, Sun
Duration Allow 30 minutes
Location Arts House, 521 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Tickets FREE (for audiences aged 18 years plus)
Information artshouse.com.au or (03) 9322 3720

TooT Artspace  St Kilda presents

Kaleidoscope Of My Mind

by  Emily Bell

Watercolour and ink by Emily Bell
Watercolour and ink by Emily Bell

“I draw from the kaleidoscope of my imagination. The images that I create arise through mindfulness meditation. I hold an ink pen in my hand, and begin. Repetitive shapes, moody colors, delicate textures, layered and joined. Universal creatures birthed on the page. 

The creatures I create are personal and intimate yet also universal. They live inside me yet are also boundless and free. Much like myself, these creatures move and pause with curiosity, following their intuition from one moment to the next. 

I am continually inspired by changing and evolving scenes and seasons, by company and solitude, by holding and being held. 

I work professionally as a creative art therapist and an intuitive cook. I am a self taught artist and believe that creativity is born through trusting the process, and allowing what wants to be birthed to arise”

Emily Bell, 2018


Thursday 19 April 6–8pm

April 19 – May 5 2018

Watercolour and ink by Emily Bell
Watercolour and ink by Emily Bell



Spread from the zine "Mirror Selfie" by Gemma Flack
Spread from the zine “Mirror Selfie” by Gemma Flack

“Mirror Selfie” by Gemma Flack. A gorgeous little zine printed with the risography printing technique by HELIO PRESS. Grab a copy at TooT Shop for only $7

We are currently taking submissions for Exhibitions for 2018 APPLY NOW

5/17 Irwell Street St Kilda 3182
Open Wed-Sat 11am-5pm or by appointment

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Chunky Move 2018

Richard Cilli and Tara Jade Samaya
Richard Cilli and Tara Jade Samaya - pic by Jeff Busby

Melbourne’s premiere contemporary dance company, Chunky Move seeks to redefine contemporary dance in powerful and nuanced ways in an evolving cultural landscape. Led by internationally acclaimed choreographer Anouk van Dijk, 2018 will see new works, international tours and workshops, public and school programs plus more.

Common Ground

Chunky Move Studios, Thursday 26 April – Saturday 5 May 2018

The world premiere of Common Ground by Artistic Director Anouk van Dijk.

How do you stand when the ground around you is moving, what forces push and pull and how do you find what unites us all?

Anouk van Dijk explores the universality of our shared experiences, the common ground that unites us and sometimes can cause rupture and disturbance.

‘There is an incredible sense of instability in the world – social, political, economic and environmental, this affects us on a visceral level, and in this new full-length work, I’m exploring this and how we can stand together’, says van Dijk.

Visually arresting, Common Ground is dynamic encounter between two dancers – roles are reinvented. Boundaries transcended. Territories shift.

Anouk van Dijk’s new work brings together two of Australia’s leading contemporary dancers, Tara Jade Samaya (ANTI-GRAVITY, Chunky Move) and Richard Cilli (CounterMove, Sydney Dance Company). 

Common Ground features a stellar creative team with Lighting Design by Paul Jackson, Set & Costume Design by Marg Horwell and Sound Design by Jethro Woodward.

Common Ground at Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt St, Southbank from 26 April – 5 May. 

Bookings: chunkymove.com.au/commonground

Common Ground is then performed at the Drum Theatre, Lonsdale St & Walker St, Dandenong

Tuesday 8 May.  Bookings:  drumtheatre.com.au


Richard Cilli and Tara Jade Samaya
Richard Cilli and Tara Jade Samaya- pic Jeff Busby

Next Move 2018

Chunky Move Studios, Thursday 8 – Saturday 17 November 2018.

Chunky Move is excited to announce that independent dance artists Joel Bray and Lauren Langlois have been announced as Next Move 2018 commissioned artists.

The double-bill will feature new works by both artists. Joel Bray is developing a contemporary exploration of the Wiradjuri word for ceremony, Burbang. The work is based on the articles published by RH Mathews, a colonial gentleman anthropologist and government surveyor who developed relationships with the Wiradjuri peoples living traditionally on the land.

Lauren Langlois will be developing a new work that is an absurd and darkly comic dystopian vision of the future. A hybrid of contemporary dance and physical theatre featuring Lauren’s finely tuned development of character-based movement narratives, performed by Lauren herself and James Vu Ahn Pham

Chunky Move’s Next Move program for 2018 continues the Company’s commitment to supporting the next generation of Australia’s leading dance makers. The commissioning program, now entering its 11th year is designed to bridge the divide between young makers creating independent work and established choreographers. It offers them full creative control and full-access to the resources and producing expertise of the Company

International Touring

Throughout 2018, Chunky Move continues its touring program, taking world class Australian contemporary dance around the globe.

The Company will present the European premiere of Anti—GRAVITY at SPRING Festival, Utrecht on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.

Chunky Move will also be touring Complexity of Belonging to six major theatres throughout the Netherlands and will open the December Dance Festival in Brugge, Belgium later this year.

Through these tours, Chunky Move deepens the Company’s relationship with SPRING Festival and continues to build its European audiences.

Artist Development

In 2018, Chunky Move continues its ambitious Artist Development initiatives including the Maximised Program which provides in-kind support to Australian contemporary dance practitioners producing and presenting their own work.

This program aims to alleviate the producing pressure often experienced by independent artists by providing access to rehearsal space and in-house production support. The 2018 Maximised Program has supported choreographer Melanie Lane for her new work Personal Effigies which won the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award.

In addition to the Maximised Program, Chunky Move supports emerging-to-mid-career dance artists through a variety of opportunities including choreographic secondments, dance secondments and the coveted Artistic Associate opportunity which is offered to inspiring mid-career dance artists wishing to step into leadership positions within the industry. For 2018, Chunky Move’s Artistic Associate is Australian director, choreographer and dance animateur Alice Lee Holland.

One Body, One Career Countertechnique Intensive

Chunky Move Studios, Monday 2 – Friday 13 July 2018

Initiated by Anouk van Dijk in 2006, and now in its 6th Asia-Pacific edition, this two-week intensive brings together Australian and international participants and offers a first-hand opportunity to learn about van Dijk’s Countertechnique, a movement method and training system for dancers.

Public Programs / Schools

Chunky Move runs contemporary dance and yoga classes all year round for the general public with special workshops and classes for all levels. Classes are run by Chunky Move’s teachers and held in the Company’s state-of-the-art, fully equipped dance studios. Classes can be booked through the Chunky Move Studios app, now available in the iTunes App Store.

For young dancers, Chunky Move’s Easter Intensive offers energetic and creative young movers ages 14-25 years the opportunity to experience contemporary dance. Across the three-day intensive, four independent Australian dance artists will lead daily sessions in contemporary dance technique, improvisation, repertoire and creative development. Together, the team will explore choreographic themes and material from Chunky Move dance works including Depth of Field and Complexity of Belonging.

The 2018 Easter Intensive is from Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 April, 10am – 4pm, at the Victorian College of the Arts

Chunky Move Studios, 111 Sturt St, Southbank.  For bookings and more information:    www.chunkymove.com.au

Pics – Jeff Busby

Gameshow of Thrones Melbourne Premiere!

MICF: Gameshow of Thrones and Hi-Visabella

Making its Melbourne premiere at The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Gameshow of Thrones is the latest show ready to take all of WesterAUS by storm! Featuring a rotating cast of the festival’s funniest performers and hosted by the most beloved, feared and revered host in all the land, Isabella Valette!

When you play The Gameshow of Thrones, you win or you cry. A host of comedians must pledge their allegiance to a house and must prove their worthiness through stand-up comedy, through wit, intellect and sheer nerve. As these performers ruthlessly roast one another, compete for the audiences’ affections and bravely withstand deadly audience heckling, only one will emerge victorious to become the protector of the realm and earn the right to sit on the coveted Iron Throne.

About host Isabella Valette:

Melbourne-based performer Isabella Valette is a Game of Thrones supernerd and multifaceted stage performer. She trained at the prestigious Arts’ Educational Schools London, which is presided over by Andrew Lloyd Webber. There, she completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Musical Theatre. She has gone one to write and perform three original one woman shows: Media Release, Mediawhore and Princesstuous. She is also a member of Melbourne’s long-running improvised comedy troupe The Big HOO-HAA, and improvised musical comedy troupe Impromptunes.

Host Isabella Valette shares her thoughts on the show:

‘I love making people happy, reminding adults how to be silly and getting them involved in group games and heckling.

‘I’m super excited to find innovative and creative ways to express my love for Game of Thrones. The audience will be the extra character in this show. They don’t have to get involved, no one will be embarrassed, it’s more of a mob mentality group, nerdy verbal football match type of interaction. It’s a great excuse to have a drink and laugh with friends midweek or have an awesome weekend out.’

Praise for Isabella Valette:

‘Isabella has never ending energy combined with a sharp tongue and sassiness spilling out of the room. She has the seasoned cabaret performer instincts to interact and control the room.’ -Stories Well Told

“Isabella’s show is a must-watch for her effortless performance” – The Advertiser

Gameshow of Thrones April 10 – 22th, 10.15pm, (No show on 16th) Comedy Unexpected, West Space Gallery 1/225 Bourke St, Melbourne, 3000

Tickets available at: www.gameshowofthrones.com.au

Web: www.gameshowofthrones.com.au and www.isabellavalette.net Instagram: @gameshowofthrones / @IsabellaValette Twitter: @IsabellaValette

MAD FOR LOVE – Sumi Jo in Concert with José Carbó

Andrew McKinnon Presents


Globally Acclaimed Opera Star Sumi Jo in Concert with José Carbó

The internationally celebrated Grammy-award winning coloratura soprano Sumi Jo returns to Australia this July for a series of unmissable concerts in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

One of the world’s greatest exponents of bel canto (beautiful singing), Sumi Jo will perform a magnificent program of music from her unsurpassed repertoire, joined on stage for the first time by dashing Argentine-born baritone José Carbó.

With over 50 recordings to her credit Sumi Jo is the highest selling classical singer in the world, and one of the most sought-after sopranos of her generation. Her concerts have delighted audiences globally, including performances at the Summer and Winter Olympics, and for the Pope. Legendary maestro Herbert von Karajan describes Jo as having ‘a voice from above’.

José Carbó, born in Argentina to Spanish and Italian parents, has become one of Australia’s most popular baritones, touring locally and internationally with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera and Los Angeles Opera since 2005. His debut album My Latin Heart debuted at no.1 in the Limelight Magazine Classical charts.

Sumi Jo and José Carbó will ignite Australian stages with renditions of the most passionate pieces from opera and operetta, as well as tango, and traditional folk song from Jo’s native Korea. Her astonishing vocal technique and purity of tone will be matched by an exquisite wardrobe for a night of operatic glamour.

Andrew McKinnon, who has brought Sumi Jo to Australia for her two most recent tours, said he is delighted that she has accepted his invitation to return for this passionate new concert series.

McKinnon said “I have always loved the art of bel canto and Sumi Jo is one of the greatest interpreters of this thrilling music. I wanted to pair her with the wonderful Australian singer José Carbó to ensure that this will be an unparalleled night of romance which will live long in the memory of all who attend.”

Sumi Jo and José Carbó will be accompanied by one of Australia’s most popular pianists, Guy Noble, who will also conduct the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.


Sunday 15th July – 5.00pm Adelaide Festival Centre https://www.aso.com.au/products/special-events/sumi-jo-mad-for-love
Tuesday 17th July – 7.30pm Melbourne Recital Centre https://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2018/mad-for-love
Thursday 19th July – 7.30pm City Recital Hall, Sydney https://www.cityrecitalhall.com/events/mad-for-love
Saturday 21st July – 7.30pm QLD Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane https://www.qpac.com.au/event/sumi_jo_jose_carbo_18/