05 Mar 2019

Brian Boak Bursary Recipient Returns for one night only!

Since receiving the prestigious Empire Theatres Foundation Brian Boak Developing performer Bursary in 2013, Paul Tabone has built a successful and rewarding career.

Now, direct from Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, Paul Tabone returns to the Empire Theatre for a one night only event, Nostalgia- The Jewels of the Stage and Screen featuring himself and soprano Lara Martins, on stage in the Armitage Centre, Heritage Bank Auditorium on Sunday 10 March, 6pm. 

“I made a promise when I accepted this wonderful bursary, that I owe so much to, that I would come back and perform for those who gave me so much,” Mr Tabone said.

“I am excited to give back to the wonderful bursary and I hope to also make a donation the Foundation to help the next recipient.”

Mr Tabone said the assistance he received from the bursary was invaluable to his career and he was very glad to be giving back to the theatre.

“The Brian Boak Bursary was essential for me in my development as a young opera singer. The money was used toward travel, lessons, masterclasses and workshops in Italy,” Mr Tabone said.

“It was only because of this bursary that I was able to fulfil so many goals as a young singer,”

Travelling to Modena, where I was then accepted in the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation, was the biggest investment during my time with the bursary.

“Since then I have performed in New York City on Broadway and then at the Arena in Verona in front of 20,000 people which was then broadcast internationally.

“It was only because of the bursary that I was able to do this.”

Since his study in Italy, Mr Tabone has continuous performed internationally, taking roles in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in Hamburg as well as a long running principal role (Piangi) in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on West End.

“I have performed regularly for Buckingham Palace for the Scots Guard, for the Royal Family including HRH Duchess of Cornwall, HGH Prince of Whales, RH Duke and Duchess of Sussex as well as performing regularly for the Australian High Commission,” he said.

To book tickets, visit www.empiretheatre.com.au or call the Ticketing Office on 1300 655 299.