Arts & Entertainment

Sofitel Quarantine Concert

Jane Ede

Sofitel Sydney, known to be a major supporter of the arts, has found a way to shine a light on entertainment in these dark times, and will livestream it on Instagram. Tonight’s performance will be an operatic serenade to their guests. As with the whole country the hotel has embraced the opportunity to give cheer to those in need.

How wonderful it has been to see the Australian response to this despicable, debilitating, virus. We are killing it with love. From the narrow streets of the Inner West to the wide avenues of the eastern suburbs we are all finding ways to communicate with kindness, care and calm. Today the new normal begins for many but for some there is still a way to go. Still people are arriving home from overseas and going straight into quarantine. For them the idea of spending two weeks in a luxury hotel is not quite as enticing as it would have been had it been a matter of choice. They can’t go home to their families and they can’t wander the streets or go shopping like the rest of us, albeit with limitations, as they are still effectively in lockdown. Many of our glitzy hotels have found themselves in the position of carers having to cater to these sometimes unwilling guests. The Sofitel is one of them and has gone one step further by not only feeding their guests well, 1500 meals a day, but also entertaining them with live concerts.

Tonight Jane Ede of Opera Australia will be performing on level five in the hotel garden court as guests look down from their bedroom windows and balconies. Ede will be accompanied by three members of the hotel staff who have rehearsed like there’s no tomorrow to step up to the mark.

Although the guests have a few more days in the hotel this will be their farewell concert.

“We want to keep their spirits high as they depart making sure we have taken great care of them during their stay. It’s all about giving them a beautiful experience that they will never forget.” said manager Sam Panetta.

Jane has been performing as a principal soprano for Opera Australia for over a decade with roles in, The Marriage Of Figaro, La Bohéme, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly and more. This inspiring young opera singer is certainly no novice and has won the inaugural Opera Australia Young Artist Competition, as well as being nominated for three Green Room Awards. Guests and the public will be able to view the concert on Instagram as well.

May 18, 6-7:40pm. The Sofitel Wentworth, 61-101 Phillip St, Sydney. Info: www.group.accor.com

Watch the concert here: www.instagram.com/accor

By Renee Lou Dallow

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