Renowned singers from the WA Opera paid a visit to the southern Wheatbelt ahead of their Mother’s Day gala concert at the Narrogin Town Hall in May. Soprano Chelsea Burns and baritone Lachlann Lawton — a husband and wife duo — dropped into the Arts Narrogin team last Monday and spoke to school students. Lawton grew up on a farm outside of Harvey and got his first taste for singing in schools choirs and musicals in Bunbury before progressing through school and auditions for the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He then spent two years studying a masters program at the Royal Northern College of Music in the UK before returning to Perth to take up the position as 2020 Wesfarmers Young Artist with the WA Opera. Burns followed a similar pathway, studying in the UK as a mezzo before transitioning to a soprano. She offered the same position in the Young Artist Program in 2019 and made her solo debut with the company in 2020 in Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Telephone. Burns said the students quizzed them on all things opera and their life outside of performing. “I love the school incursions we do because no school is the same and it’s so much fun seeing how much the kids enjoy it.,” she said. “The show we take around schools is spreading the ‘Act, Belong, Commit. Our Opera, Our WA’ message. “We spend a lot of our show talking about different cultures and countries and our family backgrounds in relation to this. “We also talk about what we do outside of singing or playing music, and how these skills have helped us get to where we are today.” The pair will be singing along to arias in a concert of operatic classics alongside cast members Prudence Sanders and Paul O’Neill. “I think audiences can expect to hear some really beautiful music,” she said. “We are trying to not just make it a concert full of arias, but instead include quite a few ensembles.” Lawton and Burns said they both enjoyed the chance to return to their country roots and perform in the regions. “I love the chance to perform in the regions because it was something that wasn’t around when I was growing up in Bunbury,” Lawton said. “I also love to be able to show opera to new audiences, or people who can’t always make the trip to Perth to see the big shows. “It’s always special to me to perform in country WA as it makes me feel very much at home.” The Opera in Narrogin Mother’s Day gala concert will take place at the Narrogin Town Hall on May 7, with doors opening at 6pm. For tickets, visit the Arts Narrogin website.