Aussie pioneer of grand old opera

Updated April 18 2018 - 12:14pm, first published April 16 2012 - 5:00pm

On the night of September 27, 1926, the rafters of the Causeway Hall (still standing at Kingston) were rattled by a kind of music never before heard in the young and still culturally impoverished Canberra. It was opera and one of the celebrity rafter-rattlers brought in for the great occasion (staged by the Canberra Philharmonic Society) was the once famous but now almost forgotten Andre Navarre (1898-1940).