After five years away from singing, Göknur Shanal resolved to use her classical soprano voice for greater good.
"You can get so caught up in this art form, but you just leave it at the theatre," she said.
"I understand the importance of classical music, but if we can take it one step further and take it to the wider society, it will have greater outcomes for the art."
Ms Shanal, a former Illawarra resident and student at the University of Wollongong, will stage a charity concert this weekend to benefit Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).
After months of preparation, Ms Shanal will take to the stage of Sydney's Pitt Street Uniting Church tomorrow for her biggest performance since returning to singing only last November, after half a decade away from the craft that became her life.
"That time away helped me find renewed inspiration to perform. When singing professionally, it can become a chore and just earning a living, it becomes work," she said.
Ms Shanal has assembled an all-star cast for her concert, with renowned conductor - and former Wollongong Conservatorium teacher - William Moxey and University of Wollongong vocal studies professor Dr Lotte Latukefu, as well as Sydney Symphony Orchestra violinist Alex Norton, lending their time to the concert.
"We worked together when Göknur was working to get her voice back," Dr Latukefu said.
"She asked me to join the concert last month, so I've been crazily learning the piece. It's about 50 minutes long, with seven duets and four solos."
Ms Shanal, now based in Sydney, said she had long been inspired by the exploits of Medicins Sans Frontieres, and hoped her event could raise awareness of the work of the organisation.
"They don't discriminate, their priority is to the most destitute parts of the world, and the money goes to where it is most needed," she said.
"What better way to make classical music more relevant, than in directly serving humanity through this organisation."
The concert, Stabat Mater by Pergolesi, is at Pitt Street Uniting Church tomorrow at 4pm. www.trybooking.com/dckz.