Friday, December 29, 2006

Macedonian Singer to Conquer the Opera World

After astounding audiences with his exhilarating voice earlier this year at the Melbourne Town Hall, rising opera star Sasha Novak will be singing tribute to the late Mario Lanza at Melba Hall in February of 2007.

ShowBiz Management promoter Jack Strom says that he is delighted with the presentation of the outstanding talent appearing in this fantastic concert: "I am thrilled that the public will once again have the opportunity to hear Sasha's magnificent and powerful voice."

A television producer with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry, representing artists such as Vanessa Amorosi (whom he discovered), Olivia Newton-John's daughter Chloe Lattanzi, in addition to working with performers like Graham Kennedy and Ernie Sigley , Strom can recognize exceptional talent when he hears and sees it.

Sasha Novak received vocal coaching under the guidance of Dr Margaret Grace Bennett, whose vocal technique goes back to the legendary tenor, Jean de Reszke. Sasha completed the prestigious Graduate Diploma in Opera at the Victorian College of the Arts, during which the late distinguished conductor Robert Rosen described Sasha as having a "voice which can conquer the opera world." Sasha then lived and trained in Germany before returning to Australia to record his debut album Wagner's Heldentenor, stunning listeners in over 20 countries with his exceptional voice and interpretation, and praised by critics as "absolutely breathtaking."

Tribute to the Young Mario Lanza will focus on Lanza's early years, particularly the major influences and inspirations on his life and music. Born in 1921, the year that the great Enrico Caruso passed away, Mario Lanza became an international sensation during the early 1950s with his many successful recordings and Hollywood blockbuster films. The world was devastated by Lanza's untimely death at the young age of 38, with some people believing that the Mafia may have somehow been involved.

Former 20th Century Fox and United Pictures Motion Picture executive and AFI award winning film Distributor/Producer , Music Promoter Greg Lynch will be narrating the show. Narrating this tribute show holds a special place in Lynch∙s heart, as he recalls the magnificent impact Lanza had on bringing opera to the masses, stating that Lanza was "a tenor without equal." In casting for the role of Lanza, Greg Lynch remarked on Sasha's "gifted operatic voice with all the drama and presence of a young Mario Lanza." On hearing Sasha's voice for the first time, Lynch comments that the listener is "aware that here is a gifted operatic voice that evokes strong memories and feelings of the Golden Era. Sasha is the Australian Caruso."

"I feel privileged to pay tribute to the great legend of Mario Lanza" says Sasha Novak. "He had a beautiful voice, wonderful stage presence and charisma, and was exceptional at conveying emotion through his music."

Tribute to the Young Mario Lanza will be performed on Saturday 24th February 2007. Tickets may be obtained through 1300 884 654 or by visiting

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