The 3rd concert partnership between

Opera Van Diemensland & St Canice Charities.

Showing this September & October at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney. 

Raising money for

The Railaco Mission in East Timor & The Kings Cross Soup Kitchen 

Heart & Hand 3 represents a third concert instalment partnered between Opera Van Diemensland and charities associated with the St Canice Parish. This time round duo, Baritone, Greg McCreanor and tenor Martin Buckingham will be joined by Musical Theatre sensation Marcus Rivara. We are really excited having Marcus with us. His unique abilities make him an ideal addition to the current Comic Vs Straight Man, dynamic. As a result the show promises somthing new for the initiated but a word of experience for any new comer. The show uses elements of comedy, cabaret,multimedia and audience participation to frame the delivery of some of the greatest hits of opera and music theatre. a hybrid concert format of classical recital, stand up comedy and Vaudeville sing along. Further the audience is encouraged to film and take photos...without a flash... they are encouraged to call out, to be part of the experience, rather than passive bystanders.


The Independent Theatre, North Sydney 

Sunday, September 10th, 3pm

Saturday, October 14th, 730pm


$45 Adults, $40 Concessions

$30 Children


Ph;99553000 www.theindependent.org.au


Marcus is a versatile singer and actor having performed in Classical music, music theatre, cabaret, film and TV. He recently toured with Opera Australia/John Frost production of The King and I, understudying the role of The Kralahome. He has worked with Opera Queensland (Sweeney Todd), The Production Company (The king and I, Anything Goes), Melbourne City Opera, Cameron Mackintosh (Miss Saigon Australian tour 2007-2008), and ABC Network (Rewind – Mei Quong Tart). Marcus wrote his one-man cabaret show “Callas Bitch” performing in Sydney and as a headliner in the Melbourne Cabaret Festival (2006).   Marcus performed in the weekly “Jazz and Broadway” cabaret show at TENO2 Jazz Club (2010 Manila) and the sell-out performance of the “Skarlet Fever” Revue. Marcus is currently in preparation for an Italian audition tour.  


The Railaco Mission in East Timor & The Kings Cross Soup Kitchen

Heart & Hand 3 Features a unique combination of superb Artists. 


Over a career spanning 20 years, Buckingham continues to perform as a regular with Opera Australia. More recently, in the role of Pinkerton, in Madama Butterfly as well as the Premier in their new Australian Production of The 8th Wonder, magically staged in the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House. On the concert platform, Martin has thrilled audiences on hundreds of occasions. More notably as part of OA's, The Greatest Hits of Opera concert series, featuring in some 90 performances, staged at the iconic Joan Sutherland Theatre. Earlier this year he toured England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland giving 28 performances in A Viennese Strauss Gala. Later this year Martin takes to the seas with Bravo Cruise alongside opera legend José Carreras.


After a period living and working in the UK and Germany, I returned to Australia and appeared as Don Alfonso in excerpts from Cosi fan tutte, as Ben in The Telephone for Harbour City Opera. I have toured in concerts with Musica Viva throughout regional NSW and appeared as a soloist with the Sydney Welsh Choir through Ireland, Wales and England. I have been thrilled to sing with the Manly-Warringah Choir and Orchestra on three separate occasions in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Missa in tempori belli. This year (2015) I have performed the roles of Alcindoro in La Boheme in productions at the Sydney Independent Theatre and Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Sacristan in Tosca at the Sydney Independent Theatre. I have also sung with Cantillation on a number of film scores including Gods of Egypt and at several Corporate functions. Some other roles include, Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Frank in Die Fledermaus, and Escamillo in Carmen for several opera companies in Sydney.


Ingrid has spent most of her working life working with voice students to explore the relationship between music and text. In pursuit of this aim her professional musical experiences have been many and varied. She is also a repetiteur on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. In addition to these positions, she has been for many years musical director of the Rockdale Opera Company, with whom she has conducted some 16 productions. Previous to this she was active in the community music theatre scene as variously musical director, rehearsal pianist and pit viola player in over 60 productions.

She has for many years been an official accompanist for the vocal sections of the City of Sydney Eisteddfod. She has also worked many times as a repetiteur for Opera Australia on a casual basis. In 2008 and 2009 she was a musical consultant with OA’s Wotopera program, which encourages high school students to create their own opera from scratch. In 2009 Ingrid was musical director for Ozopera Schools’ touring production of Rossini’s Cinderella, returning for their 2010 production  of The Sound Garden.