Local musician stars in Canberra opera

COOMA musician Robert Shearer is starring in a new production being staged by the Street Theatre and ANU School of Music in Canberra this weekend. The production is the deliciously witty and comically fabulous opera 'Albert Herring' opening Friday with four performances only.

Created by Benjamin Britten, one the greatest opera composers of the 20th century and arguably of the English language, this work promises to be a riot of fun as Canberra's wild young operatic things look to create a work that speaks to a new generation.

'Albert Herring' is a brilliant comic ensemble work that is more than a coming of age story - it is a work that rails against punitive authority and petty officialdom everywhere and at its heart presents the life affirming message of being true to yourself in this world.

Robert Shearer stars in the title role of Albert Herring.

He came on staff at the Cooma School of Music in 2011, where he teaches students from six years of age up to 80 and beyond. His teaching style is both informative to students as well as enjoyable and he has produced a number of award winning students.

In addition to singing, Robert has been composing since 2005 with a number of orchestral, choral and vocal works to his name as well as three operas including the much anticipated operatic treatment of Tessa Bremner's "Dark side of Midnight", His choral works "Hine E Hine" and "Whether men do laugh or weep" are frequently performed, as are his setting of the "Lord's Prayer" for Tenor and Organ and the Orchesteral Variations on "The Cooma Cavaliers" and orchestral Nocturne which were very well received by critics and audiences alike.

'Albert Herring' is being performed at The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra City West on Friday until at 7.30pm, with a matinee on Sunday.

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