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23 November, 2021

International tenor brings “Golden Days” to Mareeba

MAREEBA is in for a musical treat next month as star tenor Paul Tabone returns to the north for a number of concerts, featuring local singer Kiara Cabassi.

Originally from Ingham, Paul is back in Australia after performing in ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in London’s Westend for the past four years. 

His debut album ‘This Is Me’, catapulted Paul to #1 in the Classical Music Charts in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America. 

Amongst many accolades, Paul was personally invited by Signora Nicoletta Mantovani (mentor and wife of the late renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti), to perform as one of four tenors at the world-renowned Verona Arena sharing the stage with operatic icons, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Ambrogio Maestri to an audience of 20,000 in memoriam to Luciano Pavarotti for the 100th year birthday celebration of the Arena. 

Delighted to be back in Australia, Paul is excited to be coming back to the north as part of his Australian regional tour “Golden Days – Songs from the movies and musicals”. 

“I think my dad always knew the lights of a tractor wouldn’t do, it was more stage lights for me!” Paul said, referring to his roots in Ingham and life on the farm. 

“But I am so glad to be back home in Australia, and on the farm for a little while, and performing for regional audiences throughout Queensland once again after the success I have had overseas in the last 10 years.” 

“Golden Days” will take audiences on a heart-warming trip down memory lane featuring much loved classics from the “Golden Age” of music, incorporating singers such as Mario Lanza and Perry Como and songs from Disney all the way to Ennio Morricone including The Loveliest Night of the Year, Granada, E Lucevan Le Stella & O Sole Mio (The Great Caruso), Be My Love (Toast of New Orleans), Serenade (The Student Prince), Music of the Night (The Phantom of The Opera) and many more. 

Having grown up in Ingham and despite his international career as one of Australia’s most successful exports, Paul continues to promote the wealth of talent in regional Australia. 

In support of local and regional talent, the show will feature up and coming regional artists. 

For the Mareeba and Atherton shows, Paul will feature young local singer Kiara Cabassi who won his award for the CQUniversity Most Promising Voice for Musical Theatre. 

Paul has a beautifully warm and rounded tone that can cover all material from Bocelli and Pavarotti to high opera; Neapolitan songs, his Caruso is formidable. 

Tickets are now on sale for his two Tablelands shows - Saturday 4 December at the Mareeba International Club from 7.30pm (dinner and show), and on Saturday 11 December at the Atherton Performing Arts Theatre from 5.30pm. 

Tickets can be purchased at


The Express is running a competition on its Facebook page that offers a double pass to the Mareeba show and a double pass to the Atherton show. Go to The Express Facebook page to enter. The competition will close on Thursday 2 December.

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