Operatic tribute to Richard Gill AO at ANU

Richard Gill AO was the CSO's artistic director and chief conductor from 2001 to 2005; pictured here in September 2017 with musicians Nicole van Bruggen and Rachael Beesley.
Richard Gill AO was the CSO's artistic director and chief conductor from 2001 to 2005; pictured here in September 2017 with musicians Nicole van Bruggen and Rachael Beesley.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will perform a moving tribute to its late artistic director and chief conductor, Richard Gill AO (1941-2018), at its Opera Gala on May 18, from 7.30pm, at Llewellyn Hall ANU.

Gill was due to conduct this year's Opera Gala, but Jessica Cottis will instead lead the orchestra on an operatic journey from Monteverdi to Sondheim, with soprano Jacqueline Porter and bass-baritone Jeremy Keelamn, in his honour. 

The gala will have audiences "laughing, sighing and swooning", the CSO said, to excerpts from Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro to Micaëla's heartbreaking aria in Carmen, and much more.

"He programmed it exactly as it will be heard," CSO's chief conductor Nicholas Milton said.

For more information or to purchase a ticket (prices range from $29 to $95) visit cso.org.au or call 6262 6772.