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Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre set to host enchanting evening of opera with Divas and Duets

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Dimity Shepherd is one of two WA opera stars set to take to Bunbury’s BREC stage for a one-night concert on March 28.
Camera IconDimity Shepherd is one of two WA opera stars set to take to Bunbury’s BREC stage for a one-night concert on March 28. Credit: Media Strategy Australia

An enchanting night of opera is scheduled for the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre later this month as two WA performers get set to take to the stage.

Soprano sensations Rachelle Durkin and Dimity Shepherd headline the March 28 performance of Divas and Duets, which will see BREC transformed into the Bunbury Opera House for one night.

The pair are no strangers to each other, having met while studying at the WA Academy of Performing Arts during the 1990s.

They will be accompanied by virtuoso pianist Mark Coughlan as they transport audiences on a musical journey spanning multiple continents and decades.

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With strong ties to the South West, Shepherd said she was excited to be playing in Bunbury.

“I was born in WA and my mother lives in the South West, which makes this performance extra close to my heart,” she said.

“In my hectic schedule, the opportunity to sing in WA does not come about every day so it really will feel like a special occasion to share this music with a local audience including friends and family.

“Add to that the joy of performing with a good friend who happens to be one of the most incredible singers I know, and I believe it will be a memorable occasion for both performers and audience alike.”

After returning to WA from the United States, Durkin is thrilled to be singing in the region.

Rachelle Durkin.
Camera IconRachelle Durkin. Credit: Stephen Heath Photography

“I recently repatriated from New York City in which I lived and worked for the past twenty years and though I occasionally reminisce about the Big Apple, nothing compares to the sheer beauty and relaxed lifestyle of living in the beautiful South West,” she said.

“I have known Dimity for decades now . . . so it brings me great joy to be performing with her again. She and I have a lot of fun together, which audiences at BREC will immediately warm to.”

Audiences have been told to expect a mix of well-known opera duets alongside some musical exploration with the performers’ own lesser known favourites.

BREC is rolling out the red carpet for the event, with a complimentary glass of bubbles from the Sky Bar on offer for ticketholders.

Arrivals start from 6pm on March 28, with the show getting under way at 7pm.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit bunburyentertainment.com.

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