Moura girl Isabella Hanson.
Moura girl Isabella Hanson.

Moura girl gets her big break performing at Opera House

PERFORMING at the Sydney Opera House will be a dream come true for Isabella Hanson.

The 11-year-old Moura State School student, with a passion for music and singing, has been selected to perform with the prestigious Gondwana Choir.

She was nervous at the auditions held in Rock

hampton in September, but excited when she received a letter this week con

firming her place in the national junior choir.

Her audition required her to sing a song by an Australian composer as well as sight reading and theory questions.

Isabella will now take part in an intensive two-week singing school in January with leading educators in Australian choral music. This will culminate in a performance at the Sydney Opera House in collaboration with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Isabella's singing teacher for the past three years, Deb Louis, said she wanted Isabella to expand her abilities and understand what it's like to be in a choir.

"You've really got to have a talent to go for the auditions, and the desire to work in a choir, as opposed to being a soloist which is very different," Mrs Louis said. "Isabella's got great musicality and for her to look at a piece of music and know the intervals between each note and sing it - she's really got great skill.''

Isabella's mother Vicki said it was "difficult to express exactly how proud and overjoyed we are for Bella". "It was an absolute joy for her father and I to see the excitement on her face when she read her acceptance letter," she said. "Isabella's life ambition is to be on the stage. I'm certain we will enjoy many more of these aha moments with her."



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