Soprano returns: Stagg is bound for Mildura

SIOBHAN Stagg will return home to Mildura next month to celebrate the release of her debut album.

The soprano, 25, will perform for the first time at the new Mildura Arts Centre with award-winning pianist Amir Farid, who also features on the album.

Stagg, who has been living and training in Wales for five months, this week said she was excited to share such an important event with the Mildura community.

“The Mildura Arts Centre theatre was the building where I first fell in love with performing,” she said. 

“I cut my teeth on that stage, and the encouragement of the local community played a huge role in me pursuing music professionally, so it’s incredibly important for me to be able to come home and share the milestone of my first album.”

Stagg said the No Place Like Home concert on April 2 was a fundraiser for local charity Chances for Children.

“For this concert, I’m handpicking a program of highlights from the album, plus beautiful, timeless classics with some vocal acrobatics thrown in for good measure,” she said.

“It will be a night to remember.

“There’s nothing quite like singing for your home crowd, who have been there at the sidelines the whole time, watching you grow and urging you on towards your goals.”

Following the concert, Stagg and Farid will sell and sign copies of the album, Hymne a l’amour.

“We’ve put together an exquisite collection of romantic art songs, from utterly beautiful classics by Schubert and Liszt, to a brand new piece which my former singing teacher in Melbourne wrote especially for us,” Stagg said.

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