Diva Joan Carden sings in the University's Great Hall

15 August 2006

Great Australian sopranoJoan Carden AO OBE returns to the concert platform for a solo performance in the University's Great Hall at 3pm this Sunday as part of theSydney University Graduate Choir and orchestra's celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.

Diva Joan Carden. (Photo: Branco Gaica)
Diva Joan Carden. (Photo: Branco Gaica)

"It's wonderful to be part of a tribute to Mozart," said the retired star of Opera Australia who starts rehearsals for the musical, Titanic next month.

As a singing student, she cut her teeth on Mozart and she has been a Mozart expert throughout her illustrious career,playing most of the major heroines' roles. For this week's concert she has chosen to sing the virtuosic solo motet, Exsultate, Jubilate.

"Although like most of his music it's an enormous vocal challenge, it always yields a wonderful result in that it's very satisfying to sing and to hear," she said of the 13-minute work which encompasses a variety of tempi and musical moods and culminates in a glorious 'Alleliuia'.

"It's exultant music with beautiful melodies - and it's a welcome chance to sing with an orchestra again and the famous Sydney University Great Hall Organ."

Joan Carden's association with the Sydney University Graduate Choir (SUGC) - which was a state finalist in this year's ABC Classic FM Choir of the Year Award - began two years ago with establishment of the choir'sJoan Carden Award, made annually to an outstanding singing student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

The prize includes the opportunity to perform in concert with SUGC and this Sunday's prestigious concert includes arias from The Marriage of Figaro and Cosi Fan Tutte sung by2006 Joan Carden Award winner, Jae-Hyeok Lee.

"He has a very beautiful Italianate baritone voice - a glorious sound," said Ms Carden who chairs the jury for the award.

"The choir is very grateful to Joan Carden for her generous support through the Joan Carden Award," said the choir's president, Celia Jordan, "and it's a very special honour to have her sing with us."

The concert program spans many periods of Mozart's career, from the a capella hymn, God is our Refuge and Strength, written in London in 1765 when he was nine, to the famous Requiem, left unfinished at his death in 1791. Ms Carden's choice, Exsultate, Jubilate, was written by the sixteen-year-old Mozart for his third visit to Italy.

The moving Ave Verum Corpus and the overture to Mozart's last opera, La Clemenza di Tito - written for the coronation in Prague of the Emperor Leopold II - will also feature.

Tickets cost $35 and are available from MCA Ticketing (1300 306 776 or or at the door of the Great Hall.

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