Thirroul opera singer to perform Brahms' Requiem

Hitting high note: Louise Lavilles, whose singing career was based in France and England, practises at home for her operatic performance in Wollongong on Saturday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Hitting high note: Louise Lavilles, whose singing career was based in France and England, practises at home for her operatic performance in Wollongong on Saturday. Picture: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Thirroul's Louise Lavilles will recreate a piece of her past life as an opera singer when she takes the stage on Saturday at the Sing Light, Sing Shadow concert.

The Illawarra Choral Society soloist will perform Brahms's Requiem with a choir and 33-piece orchestra at 2pm in Wollongong Town Hall.

Although she has left behind her 10-year career in France and England, Mrs Lavilles is looking forward to hitting the high notes again.

"God has given me my voice for a reason and I had to trust if he wants it out there, it will be used again," she said.

The 47-year-old started singing in a school play in Yorkshire, England.

After some fine-tuning at the Royal College of Music, she joined Opéra de Lyon in France.

"I really wanted to understand character and through that I was trying to understand myself," she said.

Mrs Lavilles arrived in the Illawarra with her husband 12 years ago and spent most of the time home-schooling her five children.

"I am fulfilled and satisfied, I feel very privileged," she said.

Call 4227 5088 to book tickets.

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