Homegrown alto Liane Keegan returns to the Hamer Hall stage for this year’s Mid-Season Gala, Thais: Opera in Concert under the graceful baton of Sir Andrew Davis.
I live in Melbourne. It’s my hometown, and being able to sing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in such an honour. I also adore working with Sir Andrew Davis. I’m so thrilled to be performing in Thais. It’s not a role I have sung before, but I believe that it has been perfectly formed by writer, Jules Massenet!
I have always been a Melbourne girl at heart. I’ve lived all over the world, and sung with many fantastic orchestras, but the MSO is definitely my favourite. I’ve never known an orchestra to perform with such passion and heart.
Performing has always been a huge part of my life, but when I’m not on stage I work as the Artistic Director of XLArts.org. We’re a locally based company dedicated to developing young singers, and assisting to help cultivate their craft. The work the MSO do is so inspiring to them because it gives them something to aspire to. I truly believe that the MSO lead the way in the quality of singers they bring to Australia, as well as the homegrown talent they support and develop as well.
It’s such inspiring work, and lately I have found myself being constantly inspired by one of my students, Matt Hirst. He’s a young man, an amazing Baritone. He’s currently dealing with an inoperable brain tumour and has made a recording to raise funds for Brain Cancer research. Such a wonderful and talented young man who is determined to make the most of every day.