Raphael Wong

Freelance Musician

feb 2

What’s On Stonnington presents Puccini's La Boheme: The Classics Opera 2019

Victoria Gardens, Prahran

7:30pm. FREE EVENT. 

Creative Team:
Artistic Director: Cameron Menzies 
Conductor: Simon Bruckard
Host: Mairi Nicolson
Stage Manager: Jessica Smithett Jess Fisher
Production Manager: Carl McKinnon
Couture Gowns: Miss Cranwell, Miss Lyon and Miss Nicolson dressed by Linda Britten
Gentlemans costumes: Rose Chong
The Classics Opera Orchestra 2019.

Olivia Cranwell Mimi.
Claire Louise Lyon Musetta
Matthew Reardon Rodolfo
Christopher Tonkin Marcello
Raphael Wong Schaunard
Darcy Carroll Colline
Roger Lemke Benoit/Alcindoro

Feb 16

Victorian Rotary Multi District Conference


Feb 20 - 24

Immerse yourself in the legend of the Holy Grail and the knights who protect it, and witness the most beautiful quest for redemption in the literature of opera.

From the prelude of Parsifal onwards, you will be mesmerised by music of sacred dimensions; a testament to the mystical power of harmony. Wagner traversed unknown territories of musical writing with his mythical odyssey, shaping an incomparable world that enthralled composers as diverse as Sibelius, Mahler and Debussy, and later inspired major film score composers.

For this exceptional event, we welcome some of the world’s greatest Wagnerian singers; mezzo-soprano Katarina Dalayman and bass Peter Rose join internationally revered Melbourne baritone Derek Welton, who was acclaimed for his performance of Klingsor at the 2018 Bayreuth festival.

Director Roger Hodgman guides this new, modern production with poetry and simplicity, following the prophesied odyssey of Parsifal from blasphemer to saviour.

After their celebrated performance in The Flying Dutchman, the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) returns with their typical vigour and vitality under the baton of the intrepid Richard Mills.

Enjoy a night of musical indulgence and be treated to an eclectic array of songs from the world of Opera and Musical Theatre, performed by some of the most sought-after performers in the Australian Operatic Scene. This fundraising event will support the various humanitarian projects of Rotary Central Melbourne.

march 2

may 31 - june 3

Rotary International Convention. Hamburg, Germany.


Victorian Opera Presents HEROIC BEL CANTO

The best of Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini


The glorious heritage of bel canto: its power of expression, its poetic sensibility and the exhilaration of its virtuosity have timeless appeal. Experience an evening of vocal prowess with exhilarating arias, great duets and thrilling orchestral music from rare gems and favourites.

Celebrate the inimitable art of bel canto with some of its greatest living exponents. Australian voices have played an important role in this great tradition, dating back to Melba and Sutherland, and it is continued on the most prestigious world stages by today’s stars such as Jessica Pratt. 

The toast of Italian opera Daniela Barcellona also co-stars alongside company favourite Carlos E. Bárcenas in this one-night-only concert.

Something indescribable happens each time Victorian Opera performs bel canto masterworks at Hamer Hall. We guarantee another electrifying experience.

More information here.

July 14

3MBS Live Performance

Raphael will be performing live on 3MBS radio between 1pm - 2pm. You can listen live at 103.5 or online here.

august 3

Sunday in the Park with George

In Paris, 1884, George Seurat strives to transform the way we see. While he sketches in a park, preoccupied with composition, balance, light and harmony, his subjects are busy wrestling with life in a changing world - in particular, his muse and mistress, Dot, who feels both alive and invisible within his gaze. A century on, another visual artist - also named George - faces a similar dilemma as he attempts to forge a new direction amidst the pressure of high-end commissions and the merciless glare of New York critics.

Inspired by Seurat's Impressionist painting, 'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte', Sunday in the Park with George is a masterpiece in its own right. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine bring the past into the present tense, with poignant and painful truths about life, love, the creation of art and the struggle to be seen. One of the most acclaimed musicals of our time, this moving study won a Pulitzer Prize and was nominated for an astounding ten Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

More information here.

August 9 - 24