The ConocoPhillips Symphony at the Darwin Botanic Gardens Amphitheatre has established itself as one of the must see events on the Darwin entertainment calendar. We have been symphonically rocking thousands of Territorians over the years and this year promises to be the biggest yet! After the Beatles, ABBA, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, be prepared as ‘we will rock you’ in our symphonic rock tribute to one of the world’s most successful and celebrated bands – Queen! The DSO will be joined by eight of Australia's finest rock musicians and singers to present a never-to-be-forgotten 'rochestral journey' through the music of one of the world’s most successful bands of all time.
Did you know:
“I’m moving into opera now. Forget rock and roll.” Freddie Mercury, 1987.
One of the most audacious, and ground-breaking musical collaborations of the 80’s, ‘Barcelona’ was for Freddie the embodiment of his long held fantasy of combining rock and opera and realizing his dream of collaborating with the woman of whom he said after first seeing her performing at London’s Royal Opera House in 1981, "I have now heard the best voice in the world."
Freddie had gone to the Opera House to see Luciano Pavarotti in Verdi’s ‘Un ballo in maschera’. Freddie had heard him on record but never seen him live. However, as impressive as Pavarotti clearly was, it was the mezzo soprano who blew Freddie away. He was later to play his manager Jim Beach a record of Montserrat Caballé. “I wish to record with her,” Freddie told an astonished Jim. “Please arrange it.”