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Below are the plans for Indonesia Opera Society 2007 concert series:


The Telephone by Gian Carlo Menotti

Opera buffa in one act

Libretto: Gian Carlo Menotti

Premiere: 18 February 1947



Ben is in love with Lucy and wants to tell her something important before he leaves on a journey. When they enter the apartment, the telephone rings and Lucy proceeds to have a long conversation with a girlfriend. When she hangs up, Ben tenderly begins to sing, but again they are interrupted by the shrill sound of the telephone. Lucy’s friend George rebukes her for slandering him; she leaves the room in tears and Ben is tempted to tear out the telephone cable.


Horrified, Lucy stops him: she has to ring one of her girlfriends for comfort. Ben has meanwhile left the apartment. He then rings Lucy himself, to ask her if she will be his wife.


The Telephone will be performs by Binu D. Sukaman as Lucy, Harland Hutabarat as Ben (to be confirmed) and accompany with The Jakarta Chamber Orchestra under direction of Avip Priatna. The Telephone will be staged under artistic direction of Ian Peirson.


Performance date: 12 May 2007

Venue: The Usmar Ismail Hall


A Night at The Opera presents The Sydney Opera House Stars


An opera highlight performance on famous operatic works from Italian, French to German operas present by Sydney Opera House Stars. The Sydney Opera House Stars are Antoinette Halloran (Soprano), Sharon Prero (Soprano), James Egglestone (Tenor) and Tim DuFore (Baritone) with Brian Castles on piano.


This is a collaboration between Indonesia Opera Society with The Borobudur Hotel, Qantas Airlines, The Australian Embassy and Patrick Togher Management.


Performance date: 7 June 2007

Venue: The Grand Ballroom of The Borobudur Hotel


Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti

Dramma buffo in three acts

Libretto: Giovanni Ruffini and Gaetano Donizetti after Ser Mercantonio by Angelo Anelli

Premiere: 3 January 1843



The young widow Norina and her suitor Ernesto, nephew of the rich and elderly Don Pasquale, thwart Don Pasquale’s plans to marry. With the aid of the cunning Dr. Malatesta, Norina assumes another identity, and stages a fake marriage in which she torments the old man.


Performance date: 10 November 2007

Venue: The Usmar Ismail Hall



For further information, please kindly to contact:


Erza Setyadharma

Founder and Executive Producer

Indonesia Opera Society

Mobile: +62-81 385 154 656

Email: erza.s@indonesiaoperasociety.org

Website: www.indonesiaoperasociety.org


The Performers Resume


Binu D. Sukaman (Soprano)

Binu Doddy Sukaman is one of Indonesia’s soprano singers, having performed with the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, the Jakarta Symphony Orchestra, Twilite Orchestra, the Indonesian Art Institute Symphony Orchestra, Kencana Cisya Orchestra, the Parahyangan Chamber Orchestra, with Avip Priatna, Addie MS, Judianto H., Tony Prabowo, Pipin Garibaldi, Singgih Sanjaya as conductors.  She has also performed with various choirs, singing the music of Mozart & Faure (Requiem), GF Handel (Dixit Dominus), Mozart (Missa C Minor) together with the Parahyangan University Students’ Choir; Saint-Saens (Christmas Oratorio) working together with the Susvara workshop; and John Rutter (Requiem) with St Caecilia’s Choir.  Her latest performance was with the Batavia Madrigal Singers, in GF Handel’s “Messiah”.  She has also performed as the leading role in Trisutji Kamal’s “Loro Jonggrang”; as Dido in Purcell’s opera, “Dido and Aeneas” in 1998 and 2004, and the latest opera performed in 2005 was P. Mascagni’s “Cavaleria Rusticana” in which she played Santuzza.

As a leading soprano singer, she has performed in various recitals in Jakarta, Bandung and Yogyakarta, together with Linny Sugianto, Iswargia R. Sudarno, Adelaide S. Siamnjuntak and Ananda Sukarlan.  She also performed with Trisutji Kamals’ Ensemble since 1995 in concerts held worlwide: in Rabat (Morocco), Rome (Italy), Paris and Marseilles (Frances), Bangkok, Chiang Mai (Thailand), and Vienna (Austria).  In 2001 under Avip Priatna’s conductorship, together with the Batavia Madrigal Singers, Binu won the Choir Competition in Tours (France).  In 2002, she was invited together with the Batavia Madrigal Singers to the “Polifollia” Choir Festival held in Normadie (France), followed by a concert in 2003 in the city of Lisbon, Lagos (Portugal) performing together with pianist Adelaide Simanjuntak.

In 2004 she held a solo recital at the Centro Cultural de Cascais, Portugal, accompanited by the Portuguese pianist, Nuno Vieira de Almeida, followed by another recital in Wienersaal, Salzburg, Austria with the Russian pianist, Simeon Balschem.

Recently in year 2005, she won the gold medal in North Korea Music Festival together with Indonesian Cultural Mission Exchange under Guruh Soekarno Putra.

Her first lessons in singing were with Pranajaya, and then she continued at the Music School of YPM (the Foundation for Music Education) until she graduated at the Conservatory Preparation level, under Sari Indrawati and Catharina W. Leimena’s tutorships.  She then went on to study under the American singer, Lee Allison Sibley, participated in various Masterclasses with the famous Adib Fazah (Met. Opera Company, USA), Ruth Drucker, Andrea Ehrenreich from the USA, and accompanied by the well known pianist, Rudolf Jansen (the Netherlands).  In 2005 she studied “Voice Technics” intensively in Lisbon, Portugal, under Prof. Liliana Bizineche (tutor at the Evora Conservatory, Portugal) and in that same year she also studied at the Sommer Muziek Academi Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, under the tutorship of Prof. Barbara Ann Martin.

Binu also studied piano at the YPM Music School under Oerip Imam Santoso, Ina Sutisna and Iravati Sudiarso until she graduated from the Teachers’ Level.  Presently she is still a member of the Batavia Madrigal Singers and is also teaching piano and vocals at the YPM Music School and also at the Jakarta Music Conservatory.  Binu graduated from the Faculty of Law from the University of Indonesia.


Avip Priatna (Conductor & Music Director of The Jakarta Chamber Orchestra)

Avip Priatna is the founder, music director and as well as the conductor of Jakarta Chamber Orchestra (JCO), Batavia Madrigal Singers (BMS) and The Students Choir Parahyangan University (PSM Unpar). Under his baton, he has brought JCO plays challenging repertories from string ensembles to operas.

Together with PSM Unpar and BMS, he has successfully brought Indonesia’s name, especially choir, to internationals level by getting awards on many international choir competitions. He actively makes routine concerts with both of the choirs every year inside as well as abroad.

As one of Indonesia’s best conductors at the present, Avip has his early study by learning piano with several pianists such as Rosaline Tambunan, Oerip S. Santoso and Trisutji Kamal. After graduating as architect from Parahyangan Catholic University, he was accepted at the University of Music and Performing Art in Vienna with the help of Rotary Club scholarship and Austrian Government.

He studied choir conducting from Prof. Gunter Theuring and orchestral conducting from well-known conductor, Leopold Hager where he was graduated with full praised. In Austria, he joined with Vienna several best choirs, where he also received the position as conductor assistant of Wiener Jeunesse Choir.

With scholarship from Parahyangan University, he finished his master diploma for choir conducting, again under guidance of Prof. Gunter Theuring on 1998.

As one of Indonesia most prominent conductors, Avip has definitely success on giving the soul and characteristic to the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra.

Ian Peirson (Artistic Director)

Ian Philip Peirson was born in Cambridge, England in 1966. He graduated in music in 1991, studying both piano and trumpet. Whilst at college he performed and worked on shows such as Dido and Aeneas, The Music Man, Chicago and Salad Days, as well as being a member of the chamber choir, performing in venues such as Chichester cathedral, Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and St. John’s Smith Square.

In 1991 he directed Stravinsky’s opera Mavra which began his interest in opera. Since then, he went on to assist renowned opera director Anthony Besch at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for the Post Graduate Diploma in Vocal Training. During this time he initiated a course called Discovering Opera based at the Sutton College of Liberal Arts, London. Following this, he assisted a variety of directors, including Thomas de Mallet-Burgess, for UK opera companies including Opera Brava – La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Der Schausieldirektor, La Rita, Cendrillon; London Community Opera - The Magic Flute for a community performing arts festival in Andalusia, Spain; Garden Opera Company – Hansel and Gretel; The Royal Opera House Education Department on a collaborative primary schools opera project performed at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, called Boat of a Million Years.

Ian has also stage managed for Co-Opera Company for their production of Eugene Onegin at the French Institute, London and for Jola Bird’s acclaimed production of La Derniere Porte-Gorree at the Oval House Theatre. Ian began teaching performing arts in 1994 in London, though in 1999 he moved to Spain to teach performing arts at the British Council School of Madrid having performed in high profile venues such as Palacio Municipal de Congresos, Madrid University and Auditorio Nacional de Musica. He remained in Madrid for three years and then relocated to St. George’s School in Rome for the position of Head of Drama. During his time in Rome he became a member of the choir at St.Paul’s within the Walls church and performed in two complete concert series in both Rome and Naples.

Ian now works at the British International School of Jakarta as a member of their Performing Arts Faculty. During his time as a teacher he has directed numerous plays, including most recently Oh What a Lovely WarThe Dumb Waiter (Pinter), Antigone (Anouilh), Orange Blossom (Johnson), La Llorona Llora (Gonzales), A Christmas Carol, (Dickens), Kismet (Forrest) and The Dragon (Schwarz). In March 2004 Ian directed Dido and Aeneas (Purcell) with Avip Priatna at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta and most recently Samson et Delilah (Saint-Saens) with the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra and the Batavia Madrigal Singers at the Balai Kartini theatre. He also collaborated with Indonesia Opera Society on their first opera production from W.A Mozart “The Impresario” last August 2006.  Ian has also held drama workshops for the Dharmawangsa Hotel and the London School, Jakarta and is presently studying voice with Rainier Revireino at Jakarta Conservatory of Music.


Antoinette Halloran (Soprano)   

Antoinette Halloran is a graduate of the VCA and has an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne.  Since graduating, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to music theatre and cabaret.  Performances include Gilda in Rigoletto – a perversion, and Desdemona in Otello – a subversion, for Theatreworks in their highly acclaimed Verdi trilogy.

Antoinette toured Japan as Carlotta in Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera with an international cast, and played the role of Mrs Segstrom for the Melbourne Theatre Company in their production of A Little Night Music in Melbourne and Sydney.  In 1999, she was Madam Olga in a national tour of The Merry Widow for Esgee Entertainment, and the Mona Lisa for the Australian premiere of the musical A Portrait of Love.   In 2000, Antoinette was cast by the New York Producers of Forbidden Broadway to perform opposite Phillip Gould in the Melbourne season.

In 2002, Antoinette appeared as Sophie de Palma in the national touring production of Masterclass, performed the role of Mimi in OzOpera’s production of La Bohème, the soprano solos in Haydn’s Creation for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, the leading role in Motherland of the Foreign Son for ChamberMade Opera at the Melbourne Festival and the title role in The Ghost Wife at the Barbican, U.K.

In 2005, Antoniette Halloran sang the roles of Mimi in La Boheme, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore all for Opera Australia, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni for Melbourne Opera and appeared as soloist for the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.  In 2006, she performed Gianetta in The Gondoliers and Ellen in Lakmé for Opera Australia, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutti for Victorian Opera and appeared as soloist with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and in concert with Elvis Costello for the Sydney Festival.  She also featured as a guest judge and panelist on the ABC television series OperatunityOz. 

In 2007, Antoinette will sing Gianetta in The Gondoliers and Johanna in Sweeney Todd for Opera Australia and appear in concert with The Melbourne Chorale and Sydney Philharmonia.


James Egglestone (Tenor)

James Egglestone is one of Australia’s finest young tenors.  He is a graduate of both the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melba Conservatorium of Music and a recipient of the 2004 Johnston Bequest and the 2004 Belcanto Scholarship – these awards enabled James to study in Italy and The Netherlands respectively.

He has already built up an impressive list of credits with many national and international performing companies.   For Opera Australia, James has sung the Henchman in Batavia and the Bird Seller in Der Rosenkavalier.  For the Belcanto Festival in The Netherlands, he performed Elvino in La Sonnambula and Don Carissimo in La Dirindina; for Melbourne Opera, the roles of Tamino in The Magic Flute and Nadir in The Pearl Fishers; Pang in Turandot for the Puccini Festival of Australia and Remendado in Carmen for West Australian Opera.  For the Castlemaine Festival in 2005, James created the role in the one-man opera Tell Tale Heart.

On the concert platform, James Egglestone has sung the tenor solos in Haydn’s Creation, Britten’s Cantide and the Bach Cantatas Nos. 21 and 137.

In 2006, he sang Ismaele in Nabucco for West Australian Opera, Francesco in The Gondoliers for Opera Australia, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Melbourne Opera and appeared in concert with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Victorian Opera.  He recently returned from Jakarta where he appeared as tenor soloist with the Twilite Orchestra.

In 2007, sings leading roles in The Love of the Nightingale for West Australian Opera, Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera, Little Women for State Opera of South Australia, Cosi fan Tutte for Victorian Opera and Orpheus in the Underworld for West Australia Opera; he also appears in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Sharon Prero (Soprano)     

Before moving to Queensland to study a Bachelor of Music Degree, Sharon was a flautist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra having studied Flute and Voice at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. She then studied Voice with Janet Delpratt at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and was subsequently asked to become a Young Artist with Lyric Opera of Queensland (now Opera Queensland).

As a member of the Young Artist Programme, Sharon understudied several roles including Marguerite in Faust.  During this time, Sharon became a Vocal Finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards performing Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.  Winning the Dame Mabel Brookes Fellowship with Opera Foundation Australia, Sharon moved to Melbourne and performed the role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance with Victoria State Opera.

Sharon Prero then was invited to become a Young Artist with Victoria State Opera in 1993 and subsequently performed the roles of Mimi in La Boheme and Bertha in The Barber of Seville.  She also covered the title role in Maria Stuarda.

Sharon has also appeared many times with State Opera of South Australia performing First Lady and covering Pamina in The Magic Flute, covering Violetta in La Traviata and performing Bertha in The Barber of Seville.  In 1994, Sharon performed the role of Carlotta in the Sydney season of The Phantom of the Opera for Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group. 

Concert engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, Warana Festival’s Opera under the Stars with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antarctica, Handel’s Messiah and guest soloist for Symphony under the Stars in 1996 and 2001 with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.  She was also soloist in the TSO’s Opera Gala in 2001 performing excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro and L’elisir d’Amore with John Pringle.

Competition success has included the national finals of both the German Operatic Awards and the Metropolitan Opera Awards in 1997.  Recordings include soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Opera Australia Chorus and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra - released by ABC Classics in 2002.

Recently, she sang a programme of Handel with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and appeared as soprano soloist in Messiah.  A highlight of 2004 saw Sharon appear as Musetta in OzOpera’s touring production of La Boheme.  In 2005, Sharon covered the roles of Queen of the Night and the 1st Lady for Opera Australia’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and the role of Mimi in La Bohème for State Opera of South Australia.  She also appeared as soprano soloist in the TSO’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2006, Sharon Prero sang Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and covered leading roles for OA – in 2007, she returns to the national company for performances in Il Trittico.


 Tim Dufore (Baritone)     

Tim DuFore received his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he was the recipient of theVittorio Giannini scholarship.  He was then accepted in to the Masters Program and Opera Studio at the Manhattan School of Music, New York, where he was awarded a talent scholarship by the faculty.

He moved to Sydney, Australia in 1985 and, in 1988, he joined the Lyric Opera of Queensland's Young Artists' Program then he made his debut with The Australian Opera in 1989.  Also in 1989, he was the winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions-Australian region, representing Australia at the Metropolitan Opera Finals in New York.  These successes saw him hailed as “…one of the rising young stars of Australian opera" - a promise he has gone on to fulfill.

Recent roles include Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Marcello in La Bohème, Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Escamillo in Carmen, Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Grand Pretre in Samson et Delila, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Silvio in I Pagliacci, Ford in Falstaff and the title role in Don Giovanni.

He has appeared with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, West Australian Symphony, South Australian Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva, Canberra Symphony, Queensland Symphony, as well as the acclaimed Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Concert repertoire includes Carmina Burana - Orff, Messiah, Samson, Israel in Egypt - Handel, Requiem - Brahms, The Bells - Rachmaninoff, and St. Matthew and St. John Passions -Bach.  He was soloist on the ABC television special, A Fantasia on Christmas singing R.Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols as well as appearing and singing in the award winning series, Brides of Christ. He has been a soloist for the Adelaide Festival - Flamma, Flamma, Melbourne Festival - Come Ye Sons of Art (Purcell), and the Australian premiere of Phillip Glass' Symphony No 5 for the Festival of Perth.  In November 1999, he made his UK debut with the London Symphony Orchestra, singing the role of Bosun in Billy Budd, which he also recorded for Chandos under conductor, Richard Hickox.

In 2003, he sang Silvio for West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia, performed Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the Australia Ensemble and Orff’s Carmina Burana and Handel’s Messiah for Sydney Philharmonia.  He also appeared in concert for the Queensland Biennial of Music. In 2004, Tim DuFore performed Donner in Das Rheingold for State Opera of South Australia and sang leading roles in Batavia and Cenerentola for West Australian Opera and Cosi fan tutte for New Zealand Opera.

In 2005, his roles included Mercutio, Marcello and Falke (Fledermaus) for Opera Australia and Marcello for SOSA.  In 2006, his association with Opera Australia continued as Sharpless in Madama Butterfly and The Preacher in Batavia. In 2007, he appears in Little Women for SOSA and he performs in concert with the Sydney Symphony and The Queensland Orchestra.


 Brian Castles-Onion (Conductor & Accompanist)  

Brian Castles-Onion is one of Australia’s most exciting and best-known young conductors and pianists. He has been described by Richard Bonynge as “exceptionally brilliant”. He has been Artistic Director of Canterbury Opera in New Zealand and continues a long association with Opera Australia.

Brian Castles-Onion studied at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music before commencing his employment on the music staff of Opera Australia. He has been contracted to Lyric Opera of Queensland and was appointed Young Artist, Repetiteur and Chorus Master for the Victoria State Opera in 1990. After further study abroad, he returned to Opera Australia in 1994 and was awarded the prestigious Churchill Fellowship to study conducting in Europe and has worked at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Rossini Festival in Italy.

His conducting experience in Australia and New Zealand includes: Faust, La Traviata, Les Pecheurs de Perles, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Giovanni, Lucia di Lammermoor, Cosi Fan Tutte, Lucio Silla, Rinaldo, Les Contes d’Hoffmann, The Telephone, Turandot, Norma, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow and Lakmé

In concert, Brian Castles-Onion has performed in numerous versions of Opera In The Park, Opera In The Vineyards, Opera On The Beach, Canberra Floriade, Highlights From Opera, Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary Gala and The Robert Allman Farewell Gala.


Recordings include The Stephen Sondheim Songbook, When We Met, Amoureuse, The Power of Love, Puccini Passion, Geraldine Turner – The Stephen Sondheim Songbook Volume Two and the soundtrack to the American film Harlem Aria.


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