Australia's opera stars Emma Matthews, Deborah Humble and José Carbó will perform a benefit concert to foster the future of Royal Opera House Young Artist Samuel Sakker. Operation: Covent Garden is a benefit concert to help Samuel raise much-needed funds to relocate to London.

In September this year, 28-year-old Melbourne-based tenor Samuel Sakker will join a handful of singers accepted into the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (London). Out of more than 390 applicants from 58 countries, 5 talented young singers, 3 of whom are Australian, will reap the benefits of this extraordinary opportunity.



Samuel expressed the following reaction to this exciting news:

“To me, getting into this programme is better than a dream come true. I will have the resources of one of the world’s greatest opera houses at my disposal to continue my professional development. Their collective knowledge, guidance and mentorship will give me a clear career pathway to maximise my artistic potential.

 “The Jette Parker Young Artists Programme do not have the resources to assist with relocation costs and I will struggle to take up the offered position without significant assistance. My dear friends, who happen to be some of Australia’s brightest opera stars; soprano Emma Matthews, mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble and baritone José Carbó; have very generously offered to share the stage with me.”

Born in Sydney, Sakker studied at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. During his studies he performed with Opera Queensland and on graduation from the Conservatorium he joined the chorus of Opera Australia, where he sang as a soloist in a New Year’s Eve gala, and in Manon, Capriccio, Candide and the world premiere of Brett Dean's Bliss, and covered roles in Manon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bliss, La fanciulla del West, Rigoletto and Partenope. Sakker's roles elsewhere include Young Servant (Elektra) and Fenton (Falstaff) for West Australian Opera, Trin (La fanciulla del West) for Opera Queensland, Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for Oz Opera, Alfredo (La traviata) and Baroncelli (Rienzi), and he appeared in the Verdi 100th Birthday Gala for Melbourne Opera and in Bottesini’s Requiem at the Brisbane Festival. In summer 2014 he makes his debut with New Zealand Opera singing Alfredo in La traviata .

Sakker received a scholarship from the Dame Nellie Melba Trust for two years running. He was a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, winning the Foster Audience Vote Award, the Royal Northern College of Music Award and the Universal Records Prize. Other awards include second prize in the More Than Opera German-Australian Opera Grant and second prize in the Herald Sun Aria Competition.

Together with accompanist Raymond Lawrence, Matthews, Humble, Carbó and Sakker will perform a selection of their favourite songs, arias and duets, including works by Brahms, Verdi, and Puccini.

Operation: Covent Garden will be performed at 
2pm on Sunday 13 April
 at The Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank. For booking details click HERE.