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Opera star surprises aged care residents

Opera Australia’s principal soprano, Jane Ede, surprised residents of Alan Walker Village with a special performance to lift the spirits of those who’d been isolating in their homes.

“When we were approached to sing for the residents here, I couldn’t believe we hadn’t thought of it before,” Jane said. “We’re all these performers sitting around missing performing, and particularly with the restrictions, we also have a lot of people who might be feeling a bit isolated. So this brilliant idea brought us both together.”

Residents gathered in one of the courtyards for a socially distanced performance. For some, it was the first time in several months they could invite over a friend.

“The performance for me raised my spirits and reinforced the benefits of music,” said Gordon, a resident. “The outdoor location also helped me to understand the quality of Jane’s superb voice.”

Alan Walker Village is one of three Wesley Retirement Living Villages offering daily social activities, modern accommodation and a welcoming community for an active, independent and fulfilling lifestyle.

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