Following the success of last year’s Joan Sutherland Bel Canto Gala Dinner, attended by nearly 900 guests, this year’s Gala Fundraiser will feature the new Greek singing sensation George Perris.

Hosted by the foundation’s patron and board member, Mr Alan Jones AO with guest of honour Maestro Richard Bonynge, the event will feature a top lineup of national and international stars, all helping to raise money for the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation.

The evening will feature new Greek singing sensation, Athens born George Perris, Opera Australia star Nicole Car, renowned Australian comedian Jean Kittson and others.

George Perris, who will be visiting Australia to promote his new album ‘Picture This’ and will be performing songs from the album on the night, was born in Athens in 1983 to a Greek father and a French mother.

At a very early age, Perris decided he wanted to become a singer and began studying voice and piano while pursuing his studies in Greek Literature at the University of Athens. Shortly thereafter, his first Greek album was released by EMI.

Since then, Perris has performed at some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world and has collaborated with acclaimed international artists.

This album represents Perris’ first collaboration with a host of global producers, writers, arrangers and mixers. This fresh approach to adult pop features the participation of The Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Funds raised from the evening will provide scholarships for this year’s Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award. Now in its fourth year, the award was created in memory of the late Dame Joan Sutherland to help financially assist young Australian and New Zealand opera singers.

The Gala Dinner, featuring George Perris, will be held on 28 August at 6.30 pm, at Le Montage, 38 Frazer St, Lilyfield. Tickets are available by calling Annemarie Kinnon on (02) 9817 4919. Cost: $175 per person. For more details please contact Fiona Janes on 040 202 4118