Opera soprano Elena Perroni at the Perth Concert Hall in Brahms’ German Requiem with WASO and Asher Fisch

Music lovers have a rare chance to hear opera soprano Elena Perroni at the Perth Concert Hall next weekend before the WA-raised star returns to the United States, where she has been for 10 years.

His return to Perth on New Years was rushed.

“[It was] the state of the world really, the people I love, in case I don’t have the chance to see them again for a very long time, ”she says.

“But luckily, we live in a paradise here, so it was very easy to come back to it, and it was also a wonderful opportunity to build relationships with these amazing companies that we have here.”

Perroni has been in the United States since the age of 21, graduating from the prestigious Curtis Institute in 2017, the first Australian singer to do so.

“I made all of my professional debuts there,” she says. “This year I was supposed to make my Carnegie Hall debut but unfortunately it was postponed due to COVID and in between I did some cool things like being part of the first opera that was performed at the Apollo Harlem Theater, which is a famous jazz theater, quite an iconic theater.

Camera iconElena Perroni

She has sung with the Philadelphia Opera and English National Opera and has toured Europe, but her Australian shows are few.

She sang the lead role for West Australian Opera in the Park in La Boheme (2018) and La Traviata (2019), and Madama Butterfly highlights for Freeze Frame Opera this month.

Her repertoire is rich in romantic opera, but this weekend she sings Brahms’ German Requiem with the WA Symphony Orchestra.

“I usually wouldn’t have chosen it for myself but I really enjoyed working on it and it’s amazing how (the conductor) Asher Fisch had the ear to choose my voice and it brought some something new to my repertoire and my approach to music, “she says.

“Brahms wrote it for his mother who just passed away and my role is the only female solo.

“It’s pretty intriguing because the opening line is ‘Have no sorrow,’ and it’s set in that bright, major tone, and we repeat the word sorrow, sorrow, sorrow, but that doesn’t ring a bell. at all sad, and I think this is a comment on how Brahms would like to think optimistically about the hereafter, that there is no more suffering, there is no more sorrow.

It’s a bit of a fluke amid the COVID chaos.

“It’s been a blessing to me because I’m dying to work with Asher all over the world, and the level of WASO is on par with some of the bigger orchestras I’ve worked with,” Perroni says.

Elena Perroni sings Brahms' German Requiem with the WA Symphony Orchestra and Asher Fisch.
Camera iconElena Perroni sings Brahms’ German Requiem with the WA Symphony Orchestra and Asher Fisch. Credit: Freeze frame opera

“Every time I come back here I have a pleasant reminder how good they are. Because in general isolation makes it harder to access such a great talent, I think WASO looks amazing. “

Next week, she’s back on the plane.

“There is a temporary job for me, but I left in a hurry and I need to get my things in order,” says Perroni.

“I have to go back to WA at the end of the year.”

WASO performs Brahms’ German Requiem at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday and Saturday June 25-26 at 7:30 p.m.


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