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The Redlands Coast-based but internationally renowned opera singer, Mirusia Louwerse, is a strong supporter of her hometown region.

Despite performing around the world, and sharing a stage with Andre Rieu, Mirusia feels fortunate to have grown up in the Redlands and always looks forward to returning when she has been on tour.

The former Ormiston College student loves to give back the her home community, often taking the time for charity performances.

Her journey to becoming one of the world’s most-sought-after sopranos happened quickly, seeing her share the stage with Rieu after graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium where she studied opera.

She has performed for world leaders and royalty and, at the age of just 21, was the youngest winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award.

Her latest album, A Salute to The Seekers, was her fourth top 50 entry on the ARIA charts – debuting at #27 in January.

Mirusia says a number of “local heroes” offered support and kindness in her fast track to stardom and she believes it’s important to give back to that community, inspiring today’s students in the same way.

Her roles at home include being an ambassador for the Redland Foundation and the Australian Children’s Music Foundation.