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U3A Showcase: Florence Austral - Our Forgotten Diva

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During her life Florence Austral was considered one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of her era. Discover our forgotten diva.

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Join in the three weeks of celebration with our Newcastle U3A Showcase program of Newcastle Stories, 3D printing, Philosophy, Climate Change, Latin , Music and much more.

Course: Florence Austral - Our Forgotten Diva

Florence Austral was born Florence Mary Wilson in Richmond, Victoria in 1892 and died in Mayfield, Newcastle in 1968.

During her life she was considered one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of her era. Dame Nellie Melba called her “one of the voices of the world” praising the purity of her tone and power of her high notes, but today she remains forgotten. In this session you will discover our forgotten diva

Presenter: Hilary Oliver

At 23, Hilary Oliver bought a one-way ticket to Rome to study opera and entered the Frosinone Conservatorium. After graduating, she undertook further study at the Santa Cecilia Conservatorium (Rome). During that time, she won a scholarship to the summer school at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, where she attended Master Classes. She has performed in many concerts and with the Opera Australia Extra Chorus.

Ages: All ages

Cost: Free

Bookings essential - Members Only

Important booking information: All efforts are being taken to make our library programs safe and inclusive. To help make our programs safer we require all participants to book in advance online. Unfortunately, we won’t have space for drop ins. If you are unwell, or someone in your household is unwell, please stay home. If you cannot make it to a program please cancel your ticket, so someone else can join in the fun.

Programs are for library members, and while not everyone will be able to join in ‘live’ at the library, many of our programs will have an alternative online streaming or recorded equivalent.

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Can't make it to the face-to-face session? This event will be livestreamed on the Newcastle Libraries Facebook page at the time of the event.

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