Animalia 2009

Friday, 23 October 2009, 6.00pm, MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney

Join us and enjoy an evening of fine dining and beautiful music while helping us to raise vital funds for the health and welfare of animals of all kinds, research and education.
Additional attractions include Animalia’s special pre-dinner entertainment in the Quadrangle, the return of Soren the wedgetail eagle, and much more.

Ticket price $250 pp or $2500 for tables of 10 (gst incl) includes 3 course dinner and beverages. For reservations or donations call the VSF on 02 9351 8026, fax 02 9351 8025 or email
Download Booking form (pdf) or Donation form (pdf)

Take a look at the Event report to see more about what happened and who supported us.


Featuring acclaimed Australian tenor David Hobson & Special Guest MC Richard Wilkins
David Hobson  Richard Wilkins 
David Hobson Richard Wilkins 

Bid on fabulous prizes in Animalia’s live auction. Here’s a sample to whet your appetite
Qantas jet


Qantas Business Class International – return for two to your choice of destination

Qantas Business Class Domestic – return for two to your choice of destination




An Unforgettable Experience - 6 superb nights in Kenya

Provided by Bench International this package is for the discerning traveler who seeks only the best in wildlife experiences, comfortable travel with select premium accommodation and cuisine. You’ll stay at elegant and unique destinations which are the perfect complement to some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and wildlife that will give you a truly unforgettable African experience.

Luxury Kenya Safari

David Hobson

Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic performers.

He has sung many roles for Opera Australia including his award winning performances of Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee. Other roles for OA have included Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Dorvil (La Scala di seta) and Florville (Il Signor Bruschino), as well as Ralph Rackstraw (HMS Pinafore) and the Defendant (Trial by Jury).

David has also appeared with most of the state opera companies in Australia including the Victorian Opera’s productions of Through the Looking Glass and The Elixir of Love. Internationally, he has appeared with San Francisco Opera in the world premiere of Dangerous Liaisons and a concert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

Special engagements include the title role in Candide at the 2006 Perth International Festival, a performance in the Great Hall, Canberra for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and singing the National Anthem at the AFL Grand Final. He is also well known to television audiences from his appearances on Carols in the Domain, Carols by Candlelight, It Takes Two and Dancing with the Stars.

His most recent solo album - A Little Closer - is a collection of pop classics and original material. His other albums include You’ll Never Walk Alone (with Teddy Tahu Rhodes) The Promise, Presenting David Hobson, The Exquisite Hour, Cinema Paradiso, Inside This Room (with David Hirschfelder) and a duet album with Anthony Warlow. David’s compositions include a music theatre version of Macbeth, the chamber opera Remembering Rosie, and the soundtrack to the film One Perfect Day, which was awarded Best Score by the Australian Film Critics Association.

David has won numerous awards including a MO Award for Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critic's Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera, and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.