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
Tuesday 17th July – 7.30pm Melbourne Recital Centre
Thursday 19th July – 7.30pm City Recital Hall, Sydney
Saturday 21st July – 7.30pm QLD Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane

Comedy Club Update

C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club
C J Fortuna MC at St Kilda Comedy Club

St Kilda Comedy Club open mic on Tuesday night at 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda 8pm onwards

The wonderful thing with comedy is that you don’t need a big stage or audience to have a good laugh and a great time.

Three weeks in and I haven’t missed a show so that must be testimony that the gig is good.

Hosted by the St Kilda Comedy Club, 25 Blessington Street, St Kilda is the place to be on a Tuesday night from 8pm.

Resident MC CJ Fortuna warms the crowd for a night of open mic with a smattering of seasoned pros.  With host Paul Blackburn working his butt off serving the odd free cocktail to punters that can hold the vibe and win the trick questions. Always the entrepreneur Paul suggests that you get there early to secure your seats.

Angela Green performing at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic, gaining momentum for her gig at Campari House 13-14 April during the Comedy Festival image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Angela Green performing at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic, gaining momentum for her gig at Campari House 13-14 April during the Comedy Festival
Old pro Andrew Goodone explaining to Simon Barnett from about the complexities of being smooth and sexy image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Old pro Andrew Goodone explaining to Simon Barnett from about the complexities of being smooth and sexy
Redneck Abhishek Panchel lassoing us in at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic image by Kerrie Pacholli ©
Redneck Abhishek Panchel lassoing us in at St Kilda Comedy Club open mic

Text & images by Kerrie Pacholli ©

Join us at the Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival next weekend 

The Port Phillip Mussel & Jazz Festival celebrates its fifth birthday this year and this is one seafood street party you don’t want to miss! Spend the day in the sun with friends and family, feasting, dancing and celebrating seafood, all to the sounds of Melbourne’s hottest jazz.

Sat 10 & Sun 11 March from 12pm – late.

Mussels Galore

Enjoy a traditional bowl of piping hot mussels with a hint of chilli and tomato, or mussels served with lemongrass infused coconut cream, ginger, chilli, garlic, lime and coriander. It’s all about the mussel at this festival, and with so many amazing flavours, you’ll be spoilt for choice!


All That Jazz

We’ve got a great line-up of non-stop jazz across the weekend including The Shuffle Club, Horns of Leroy, Paul Williamson Hammond Combo, the Melbourne Singers of Gospel and much more. Bring your appetite and dancing shoes for a great day out.


Don’t Like Seafood?

Love jazz but hate seafood? We’ll have plenty of other tasty food options including incredible cheesy raclette and handmade Dutch street food. For the sweet tooths, treat yourself to a salted caramel and popcorn fudge puppy or a traditional Mexican ice-cream.


Bar & Drinks

What’s a festival without a refreshing beverage? Simply Spanish will be serving ice-cold beers, wine and sangria – the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of steaming hot mussels. Those Girls Iced Tea will also be bringing their unique and exotic blends to cool you down.

Insta Photo Comp

Our favourite Insta photo comp is back for 2018 and you could win a $200 Market voucher! Simply follow us on Insta and share your Mussel Festival experience using #ppmusselfestival and #southmelbournemarket. Check out our website for more details.


Shuck Don’t Chuck

With up to six tonnes of mussels consumed over the weekend, we sure create a lot of shellfish waste. We’ve teamed up with The Nature Conservancy and we’ll be recycling these shells to rebuild shellfish reefs in Port Phillip Bay! Simply put your shells into the correct black bins at the festival.



Family Fun

Bring the kids along and enjoy the Mussel Festival together as a family. There will be face painting, the Bouncing Beach Patrol stilt walkers, and everybody’s favourite Elvis who’ll have all ages up and dancing.



Plan Your Day

Check out our FAQs section on the website and plan the perfect day out with friends and family. Remember, the party goes ‘til late both Saturday and Sunday so there’s plenty of time to feast and dance across the weekend.


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