Born in Victoria, and having spent a number of years in Canberra, Sydney and London, Lorina Gore said she finally came to settle in this "beautiful, amazing place" ten years ago.
The Kangaroo Valley resident and acclaimed Helpmann and Green Room Award winner Lorina Gore will be performing on Saturday May 1 at the Kangaroo Valley Hall as part of the Arts in the Valley concert weekend.
"It feels like I'm on holiday whenever I'm at home," she said.
The opera singer also volunteers as an administrator for the Kangaroo Valley community Facebook page and said she is drawn to the place for its picturesque landscape and beautiful community.
"It's a wonderful place to walk around. I feel like its a little bit further away from the big cities and I like the quieter pace of life," she said.
And that beats the apartment and hotel living she's used to when she's touring, she said.
Lorina Gore will be singing songs from all sources, not just opera, and will be accompanied by one of the country's most esteemed opera conductors Brian Castles-Onion after Robert Andrew Greene had to withdraw due to personal circumstances.
A frequent performer at the Opera House, Brian is a Moss Vale resident who has conducted six of the recent Opera on the Harbour performances.
"We're lucky that he could step in for us. I wasn't sure if he would be available because he will soon be heading to Melbourne for the Melbourne opera season," said Lorina.
Lorina said she was looking forward to playing at the Kanagaroo Valley Hall which has "lovely acoustics".
"I've done things like Opera in the Domain where you perform to up to 80,000 people in the open air, so compared to that it's very intimate," she said.
And she was happy to be finally performing at the Arts in the Valley weekend after years of conflicts with her busy schedule.
"We've managed to finally make it happen which is kind of exciting because a lot of people in the valley have asked to hear me sing," she said.
"So it's great for people who don't wish to travel to [the cities] which is where I more frequently perform."
Following Lorina's Saturday performance, a distinguished quartet, drawn largely from Sydney Symphony Orchestra will take the reigns for the Sunday show.
Andrew Haveron, concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, will be accompanied by cellist colleague Umberto Clerici, violinist Lerida Delbridge and violist, and composer, Justin Williams.
Tickets are $70 for each concert and are on sale via the Arts in the Valley website.