in a smaller role in last year’s Gondoliers
from Wellington G&S Light Opera, but couldn’t recall her voice. Her... read more
This year eighteen singers entered for the annual aria contest (it used to be the Hutt Valley Aria, when there was also a Wellington-based contest, run by the Wellington Competitions Society which died in the 1970s).
Some names were more familiar to me than others. I had only recalled
It is marvellous to find so many young people taking part in choirs and obviously enjoying it. The fact that all the choirs learn all their pieces by heart is staggering to us mere adults who sing in choirs, to whom this is an almost overwhelming difficulty. An excellent effect of memorisation is that for the most part, words come over clearly – not always the case when singers...
The adjudicator at this year’s senior vocal competitions was José Aparicio, from Hawke’s Bay. The aria competition attracted a record 23 entries, and eight finalists were called, rather than the usual six. The performers were all of a high standard, and the size of the audience was greater than it has sometimes been for this annual event.
Mark Dorrell accompanied all the finalists except one, in his usual splendid fashion;...