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david hobson

David Hobson is one of Australia’s best-known operatic tenors, a concert and stage performer, composer and recording artist. He has sung many roles for Opera Australia and both state and international opera companies, including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee.

Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L'Italiana in Algeri), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Aristaeus/ Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld) and the title role in Candide.

As a music theatre leading man, David stared as Caractacus Potts in the Australian premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Buddy in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl.

Solo concert highlights include A Little Closer (Sydney Opera House) and Am I Really Here? (Adelaide Cabaret Festival). Special engagements include a performance for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and singing the national anthem at the AFL and Australian Open finals. He is well known from his appearances on Carols by Candlelight, Spicks and Specks, Dancing with the Stars, as a presenter on the Foxtel’s STUDIO and is a regular performer on, and Ambassador for, Bravo Cruise.

David has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won numerous awards, including Operatic Performer of the Year and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.


Cr sam Mcintosh

Mayor, City of Ballarat

Councillor Samantha McIntosh was elected to the mayoral position at the City of Ballarat in November 2016, in a unanimous vote by her Councillor colleagues.

She was first elected to Ballarat City Council in December 2008, representing the North Ward. Cr McIntosh was re-elected in the Central Ward in 2012 and 2016 and served as Deputy Mayor in 2012.

Mayor McIntosh has been a long standing advocate for Ballarat; her areas of particular interest have focused on the tourism, arts and events sectors.  She is one of the city’s foremost advocates for protecting, enhancing and promoting Ballarat’s considerable built and social heritage and has been at the forefront of the City of Ballarat’s world-leading involvement in UNESCO’s Historic Urban landscape approach to heritage management.

Cr McIntosh has trained as a registered nurse (MRN) and has owned and managed tourism hospitality and health support venues in Ballarat over the past 20 years. She also has experience in a leadership/management role at Ballarat’s St John of God Hospital.

As the current Mayor, Cr McIntosh is a Destination and Economy Portfolio Councillor.