FORBIDDEN ROMANCE: A LOVE CABARET

COLLATED BY BRISBANE CITY OPERA, 
SONGS BY VARIOUS ARTISTS

Brisbane City Opera presents Forbidden Romance: A love cabaret. Music has been the stage for fated lovers throughout the ages. Now we turn the tables on opera and musicale! With the stunning voices of Irena Lysiuk and Henry Kafoa, music’s greatest genre rivals are entwined in their own romantic comedy Forbidden Romance: A love cabaret! Drama and hilarity will ensue! Join Brisbane City Opera as we explore the turmoils and tantrums of this forbidden love through the all-time favourites of opera and the modern musicals.

KEY CREATIVES

Kathryn O’Halloran – Creative Producer
Kate Joy Stuart – Creative Producer
Joshua White – Creative Producer
Henry Kafoa – Performer
Irena Lysiuk – Performer

DATES

7pm, 5 – 8 February 2020

WHERE

Epson Lumen Room
Metro Arts

PRICE

General Admission $32 + booking fee
Concession $25 + booking fee
General Admission & Concession tickets available from 13 Dec 2019. 

THE ARTIST

BRISBANE CITY OPERA

At Brisbane City Opera we create engaging, unexpected and entertaining opera. We go against the mainstream by presenting beautiful and exciting works in different ways. By realising the importance of intimate performances, we create dynamic new ways for you, our audience, to interact with opera.

We also provide meaningful opportunities for young artists in Brisbane to demonstrate and hone their craft. From singers, to musicians, directors, costume designers, lighting designers we always place the emphasis on promoting young, up and coming talent. If you want to see the future of opera in Queensland, you are likely to see it at one of our shows.

Whether you come along to a part of our ongoing concert series or to a full production, you will be experiencing opera differently.

IRENA LYSIUK

Since graduating the Queensland Conservatorium in 2016 with a Grad. dip. in Music studies and in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music, Irena Lysiuk has worked extensively with company Opera Queensland. Irena played Gretel in OQ and Shake and Stir theatre company’s school touring production Hansel and Gretel (2017-18) and Adina in Fizz! (2016), as well as chorus roles in OQ’s main stage QPAC productions
such as Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore (2017), Don Giovanni (2018) and A Flowering Tree (2019). Turning to musical theatre, Irena played ‘Carmen’ in Sweet Charity at the Brisbane Powerhouse (2019) and Anne Egerman in the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra’s production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music (2018). In 2018, Lysiuk debuted the role of the ‘Pussycat’ in Little match productions new opera ‘The Owl & Pussycat’, performed at CommGames Festival and Brisbane Festival 2018 (QPAC). During her time at the university, Irena’s roles included Damigella in L’incoronazione di Poppea (2015), Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro (2013), Papagena in Die Zauberflöte- scenes (2012), and Una Novizia in Suor Angelica (2011).

HENRY KAFOA

Hailing from the Tweed Coast, Henry is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, having completed a Bachelor of Music (Music Theatre) in 2013. He has since worked extensively across Australia as both a performer and vocal coach, and is currently completing a Masters of Music Studies (Vocal Pedagogy) at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Stage credits include Yank! (Chekowski – Understudy Productions), Worlds Apart (Edward – Echelon Theatre Co.), 1 in 7 (Andrew – Queensland Theatre) and Miss Saigon (Chris – QCGU).

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS