An Evening with Roger Neill

Roger Neill

Theatre Heritage Australia is hosting an evening with Roger Neill, whose latest book, The Simonsens of St Kilda, tells the fascinating true story of a family of singers and their pioneering opera company.

Extraordinarily, twelve of the children and grandchildren of Martin and Fanny Simonsen became professional singers. Two became international stars: daughter Frances Saville became a prima donna in Mahler’s famous company in Vienna, while granddaughter Frances Alda rose to star at the Met in New York alongside the legendary tenor Caruso and conductor Toscanini.

Roger's previous book, DIVAS: Mathilde Marchesi and her Pupils, tells the story of Mathilde Marchesi who trained more international opera stars than anyone before, or since, including Australia's own Nellie Melba. An internationally recognised expert on Australian photographer, H. Walter Barnett, in 2021 he contributed an essay for the THA publication, The Falk Studios: The Theatrical Portrait Photography of H. Walter Barnett.

When: Wednesday 22nd March 2023
6.30pm - 7.30pm

Presented By: Theatre Heritage Australia in association with Arts Centre Melbourne

Bookings Phone: 1300 182 183 (Mon–Fri 9am–4:30pm)

Venue: The Channel, Arts Centre MelbourneEntry is FREE! but bookings are required via Arts Centre Melbourne