Melbourne Carols by Candlelight veteran Silvie Paladino comes to Geelong next week to share some festive cheer onstage.
The multi-award-winning artist will entertain audiences with her favourite Christmas carols at Geelong Performing Arts Centre next Wednesday and Thursday morning.
The Christmassy gigs precede Melbourne Carols by Candlelight, where Paladino is a yearly performer.
The musical theatre icon has acted on London’s West End and sung at the NRL Grand Final, the V8 Supercars in Phillip Island and for Roger Federer’s foundation.
Last year she spoke to the Indy about singing at the 2005 AFL Grand Final in front of her father and 91,988 people.
“The roar of the crowd after I finished the national anthem was the most exhilarating moment of my career,” she said.
“I’m really blessed to have been able to do that. It was a great moment to be Australian.”
But transporting her audience “somewhere else” through song, in any gig, was the best part of her job, Paladino said.
“I love being a part of that. For me, I feel like it’s a natural thing I do – I love that I can interpret a story through song.“
She encouraged aspiring performers to chase their dreams for the right reasons.
“Fame and fortune come and go. You have to love it with from the depth of your soul or else it becomes too hard.”
As of last year, Paladino had performed 20 times at Melbourne Carols by Candlelight, a quarter of the event’s 80-year history.
David Cameron, one of Australia’s most experienced musical directors, will accompany Silvie at her festive concert in Geelong.