Why 'Copanello'...........As well as being a beautiful town in the Calabria region of Italy, our name 'Copanello' is inspired from Kokopelli, an ancient Indian deity. Folk Lore depicts Kokopelli as the Dancing Man who represents the spirit of music, dance and love, spreading joy to all around him. Copanello represents our joy and love of making music and sharing with others.
Anita, Michael and Shane come from classical, jazz and contemporary backgrounds but have all been taught classical and operatic singing methods allowing them to perform the biggest numbers by Bocelli, Pavarotti, Brightman & Warlow.
Anita, Michael and Shane have been coached by the likes of Rita Hunter CBE (world class soprano), Amelia Farrugia (Sydney Sings) Michaele Archer (Classical Voice at Central Coast Conservatorium), Gina Jeffries (Gina Jeffries Vocal Workshops) and Dorian Mode (ABC Jazz Artist 2012) .
Shane Edwards is vocal coach, film assistant and session musician. Shane is a born and bred Coastie regularly performs at clubs, has an amazing velvety voice with dexterity and a passion for harmony singing. Shane has a passion for fast cars loves cruising in his Mustang and is a devoted son.
Anita de Lisen is a unique soprano of amazing talent and vocal agility specialising in classical and operatic arias. Anita is originally from Toowoomba QLD, is a talented artist, has a heart of immense compassion and a love of animals. Anita has an immense capacity for kindness and just sparkles on stage. Anita is often seen walking her dogs and volunteers at rescue centers.
Michael is a high baritone who brings intense passion, character and dry wit to the stage. Michael hails from Bridgetown WA but but has made the Central Coast his home. Michael loves to take on operatic roles of dubious character in local community productions and actively promotes music in the local community. Michael has a passion for all things science, earns a dollar as an environmental scientist, loves cooking, is just at home with a chainsaw and spends what time he has left doing renovations. Michael is a gentle man, with a wicked sense of humour and with a big voice.
'Jaw dropping notes......'
'I'm a student of your singing...'
'You had us laughing in the aisles......'
'I closed my eyes and I felt like you were singing to me....me alone'
'Oh my gonads.....'
'I just simply cried....thank you <3..'
'I just had to scream when you finished!!!'
“Michael James & Anita de Lisen make a delightful pairing as COPANELLO. They have crafted an entertaining & popular show, presenting a wide range of musical repertoire”
Amelia Farrugia (Sydney Sings)
What people say
Regional Shows, Festivals & House Concerts
"Copanello never ceases to amaze me. From their professionalism off stage, to their skill onstage, they are a unique and talented performance team. Their hours of painstaking rehearsal pays off and is evident with each soaring note and meticulous harmony. Michael has such a rich and deep voice, effortlessly striking each note. Anita has, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful voices on circuit at the moment. They cleverly offer something for everyone in the audience, from popular music to the more operatic classics, they do it all. And with style."
Sandy Bigara StarViking, Sandy Bigara Arts.
Sioree by the Sea
'What a fantastic concert you gave us, the feedback has been fantastic and a credit to your vocal skills. As a team you exude friendship with a professional presentation.
Thank you for coming to Pearl Beach to perform. '
Pearl Beach Progress Association
One Woman & Two Diva's
'Had the absolute pleasure to see Copanello perform today. Michael James you nailed This is the Moment, fantastic. Shane smashed Nessun Dorma and the ever so beautiful and talented Anita de Lisen to think you can create such emotion and connect with others. You bought tears to eyes to 4 people in my row and more in the rows in front and behind. You are exceptional. An amazing, humble lady with a beautiful heart and amazing voice. A lovely program. You made us laugh, you made us cry. United for the afternoon. Congratulations Copanello and thank you...'
Reloved Ball - Team event to fight cancer
MC, Auctioneer and Entertainment - Funds Raised $5028
'Thank you Michael and Anita, you were amazing! We really enjoyed your powerful performance, the singing of the Phantom Of The Opera was just awesome. We definitely recommend you both. Thank you for being so helpful and accommodating. '
(Valley View Public School Relay Team)
Lights of Christmas by Payce
'Well done Copanello! I had the pleasure of being part of the Christmas Eve audience and it was sensational. Spectacular singing followed by a spectacular light show. BRAVO!'
Greg Graham 27/12/2014
'Many, many thanks to Anita and Michael for sharing their wonderful pure voices with us and the St Mary’s audiences.'
John Sawkins (Sing Australia) 27/12/2014
'Thank you Anita and Michael for your tribute to mum. As my brother Greg said she was so grateful to enjoy one last live performance of beautiful music performed by you both. Her face lit up while you were singing. Thank you again. '
'Mum was so grateful to have the chance to see one last live performance of great music and you provided that for her. We started organising this before her diagnosis of cancer which goes to show how quick it took her away. That night however she was really happy and feeling good, and there were so many lovely people at the event it was magical. Thanks also to Anita for her brava performance at our dear mum's farewell celebration at the wonderfully well equipped Aveo Peninsula Gardens in Bayview.'
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