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Opera grant hits the right notes

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January 19, 2018

Michelle Buscemi on stage at the Mia Mia opera.

OPERA fans rejoice – the Mia Mia Mechanics Institute have received a grant from the Heathcote and District Community bank to be put towards their March opera performance.

Kate Hicks from the Institute said the money gained from the grant will be shared across all operations of the opera.

“The grant we receive will go towards many different things to get our opera up and running,” she said.

Ms Hicks mentioned that the opera performance has always been community focused, and these grants will allow the Institute to keep their prices at an affordable level.

“We normally seat around 150 guests including sponsors and public, so what the grant really allows us to do is keep our prices at a level that the local community can afford,” Ms Hicks said.

The Institute once again plans on using these grants to bring in top-level performers to continue the high standard of opera that has been seen in the past.

“We pride ourselves on bringing in world-class performers and to do so we need that sort of funding, as they are not cheap,” Ms Hicks said.

It is not only the performers who will add to the show, with instruments also playing a major role in making the show a success.

“We also plan on getting a baby grand piano for the performance as it really adds to atmosphere, and they cost a lot logistically to transport,’’ Ms Hicks said.

“We really thank our sponsors in the Community Bank, the City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Bank for allowing shows like this to run.’’

Ms Hicks also thanked all of the volunteers who continually provide vital help for the Institute and its performances.

“We have a bundle of volunteers who put in hundreds of hours supplying food and supper for the performers.

“Everyone who comes along really appreciates it — even last year the performers noticed the kitchen volunteers hadn’t seen much of the show, so they went in and performed what we now call kitchen opera.

“For those volunteers, that sort of stuff is worth so much more than money.”

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