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Video: Is Soprano Simone Kermes the 'Classical Lady Gaga'?

"I'm preparing myself for the arrival of the classical Gaga," says Paul Dyer, Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. "Soprano Simone Kermes has declared herself in the German press as the "the Lady Gaga of classical music" and I agree with her. There is no one like her on the classical music scene. She's larger than life, unpredictable, pushes the boundaries in style and performance, and is utterly fearless.

"This is all very well, but can she sing? You bet. Like Lady Gaga, she combines a rare and breathtaking vocal virtuosity with a performance style that is confronting, unique and utterly irresistible." With a smile he adds, "And I know - I've been to a Lady Gaga concert!"

The German powerhouse diva Simone Kermes makes her Australian debut in Sydney and Melbourne in the Brandenburg's Fearless Baroque concerts in September. Simone will be singing six arias from her international Sony CD release called Dramma. These glittering arias are by Porpora, Pergolesi and Leo, and many will be heard for the first time in Australia in this series.

SIMONE KERMES in FEARLESS BAROQUE with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra

SYDNEY City Recital Hall Angel Place
EVENINGS Wed 4, Fri 6, Sat 7, Wed 11 & Fri 13 Sept @ 7pm
MATINEE Sun 8 Sept @ 2pm
BOOKINGS City Recital Hall Angel Place (02) 8256 2222 or www.cityrecitalhall.com
Brandenburg (02) 9328 7581 or www.brandenburg.com.au
Tickets range from $65 to $154 (Concessions/Under 30 available). Booking fees apply.

MELBOURNE Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Sat 14 Sept @ 7pm & Sun 15 Sept @ 5pm
BOOKINGS Melbourne Recital Centre (03) 9699 3333 or www.melbournerecital.com.au
Brandenburg 1300 782 856 or www.brandenburg.com.au
Tickets range from $60 to $140 (Concessions/Under 30 available). Booking fees apply

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