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A Night at the Opera: Charles to attend Australian performance

The Prince of Wales will attend A joint performance by young performers of Opera Australia and the Royal College of Music (RCM) honouring the fostering and training set forth by both organisations on Thursday, 22 January.

For over two decades Prince Charles has been president of RCM. Prior to becoming President in 1993, The Queen Mother held the position for 40 years. Her Majesty is Patron of the RCM.

One of the highlights of the evening’s event will be soprano Taryn Feibig. Taryn will be playing a cello once owned and played by Charles, presently part of the Royal College of Music collection.

In 1980, The Prince donated the cello to a charitable auction to help raise money for The Royal Opera House. Purchased by the Linbury Trust who loaned it to talented young musicians, it has since been donated back to the RCM.

With over 700 performance performed yearly, Opera Australia is the country’s national opera company. The company performs at the well-known Sydney Opera House as well as other venues including school halls and outback towns

Founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII), the RCM has trained gifted and talented musicians from all over the world.

In 2013, to commemorate Prince Charles as President of the RCM, Charles endorsed a new honour, The President’s Award. In May 2014, Charles attended the college’s annual award ceremony and conferred awards to the numerous recipients in attendance.

Charles has been an ardent supporter of young musical talent in Australia. In 2006, he attended Opera Australia’s 50th anniversary Gala Recital. Most recently, he visited the Australian Opera House during the 2012 Royal tour of Australia.

Featured photo credit: James Brookes 2014

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