Perfect Puccini echoes through the halls at Mercy Place Parkville

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Mercy Place Parkville hosted a matinee of high culture when four renowned musicians dropped in to serenade residents and staff.    

Singers Michelle Buscemi, Nathan Lay and Rebecca Gullinello joined pianist Professor David Kram to perform a multitude of pieces ranging from Danny Boy to songs from the classic Puccini opera La Boheme.  

Event organiser Bernadette Blair-Slater, whose mother Lorna is a resident at the home, said the performance, entitled An Afternoon of Opera, was a great success with the music inspiring amazing emotional responses from some of the residents. ï¿½The residents really appreciated it,�� Mrs Blair-Slater said. �I�ve never seen anything like it, some of the residents were crying and there was actually a couple that were hanging on to each other during one of the songs because it meant so much to them.�� 

�Another man started moving his hands like he was conducting.� 

Mrs Blair-Slater, said she had known all three singers through her work through the Acclaim Awards, which provides scholarships to young opera performers. She said it was also fortuitous that Ms Buscemi, who now sings professionally in Florence, Italy, was back home visiting family.  

Mercy Place Parkville Manager Geraldine Webster said it was a moving and wonderful event for the residents who engaged on a number of levels.    

�The response after the show has been amazing, they�ve been buzzing ever since,� Mrs Webster said.  

 

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Singers Michelle Buscemi, Nathan Lay and Rebecca Gullinello

 

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