In July 2016, AMOG was proud to sponsor a very special event, hosted by the Embassy of Colombia in Australia; an operatic recital by world renowned soprano Betty Garcés and pianist Alejandro Roca. Performed at Melbourne University's Melba Hall, the event was held to celebrate the occasion of the National Day of Colombia and to promote the integration of Australian and Colombian culture.

Attended by Her Excellency Clemencia Forero-Ucrós, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary - Embassy of the Republic of Colombia, and a number of esteemed guests, sponsors, and members of the Colombian Community, the amazing performance received a standing ovation from what was a full house at Melba Hall.

The recital encompassed both classic European Opera from Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Cilea, and Korngold, as well as incredible pieces from Latin American Composers including Valencia, Figueroa, García-Caturla, Espinosa, León, Villa-Lobos, Braga, and Roig.

Along with the support of the Plan of Promotion of Colombia Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, the University of Melbourne, and Orica, AMOG was extremely proud to support this event and we hope that all those who attended enjoyed the recital and the opportunity to meet with the performers. 

Colombia Operatic Recital Performance Soloist, Ms Betty Garcés and pianist Alejandro Roca perform at Melba Hall, 2016

  • Colombia Recital ProgrammeThe evening's event programme
  • Her Excellency and GuestsHer Excellency (centre) with guests (from L to R); Mr Geoffrey Widmer (Honorary Consul General - Embassy of Colombia and Non-Executive Director of AMOG), Mrs Hilary Schofield, Dr Bill Schofield (Chairman of AMOG), Mrs Kay Widmer, and Mr Edgar Castellanos
  • D Colombia Recital Opera2Soprano soloist, Ms Betty Garcés
  • Colombia Recital AudienceGuests, including Mr Geffrey Widmer, at the performance
  • Colombia Recital PresentationAMOG's Chairman, Dr Bill Schofield, accepts a plaque, in recognition of the company's support, from Her Excellency
  • Colombia Recital Standing OvationA standing ovation for the artists
  • Colombia Recital Artists and GuestsAMOG's Briana Holland (L) and Cherie Holland (R) with artists Betty Garcés and Alejandro Roca
  • Betty GarcesArtist Betty Garcés' amazing performance: here with a "shoulder shimmy" as she performs Alejandro García-Caturla's 'Mari-Sabel' from 'Poemas Afro-cubanos'