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The essence of Don Pasquale splendidly delivered by Wanderlust Opera at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 01/05/2019
For several years Wanderlust Opera has been on the road doing what our professional opera company should be doing (did do for a couple of years in the 2000s): taking cut-down versions of opera to the provincial cities and towns. They’ve performed a variety of shows: Sondheim, a pot-pourri of songs from musicals, Cosi fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro. Pasquale toured eight centres in January and February this... read more

Admirably staged and sung opera and music theatre excerpts from the school of music

By , 11/09/2016
The school of music’s once annual opera productions have in recent years fallen back to biennial events. In the between years, students create a series of scenes from opera, against a background of elementary sets and a few props that can, with a bit of imagination, be used in various settings. This production employed around sixteen singers, though the photo gallery in the printed programme contained 23 faces which included... read more

‘Singers to listen for’: “A long way to hear singing as good as this”

Advertised on RNZ Concert like any other concert, it was in fact not at all.  It was a fundraiser for Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (for cancer research) and the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation.  A similar event had been held last year.  The early part of the evening was taken up with chat, drinks and canapés, before the music started at 7.15pm. Rodney Macann was a genial and knowledgeable MC, and... read more

Memorable, glamorous, musically interesting evening with Renée Fleming and the NZSO

What a generous singer is Renée Fleming, performing so many items for us!  Yet she seemed as relaxed at the end as she was at the beginning, and in just as good voice. Although much of what she sang could be termed popular classical, it was all fine music.  It was good to see James Judd on the podium again, controlling the considerable forces. Poised almost above the percussion, it... read more

Opera Society revives its tradition of presenting promising young singers in tantalising song

By , 06/08/2015
Once upon a time, the Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Opera Society used to stage almost monthly recitals of mainly opera arias and ensembles. As performances of the real thing increased in the 80s and 90s, with the establishment of Wellington City Opera, annual productions by both Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic schools of music as well as a variety of adventurous ad hoc amateur groups, the appeal... read more

Excellent opera recital with Friends of New Zealand Opera

Approximately 120 people came to hear a star-studded line-up of opera singers present a delightful programme of mainly well-known arias and duets.  Unfortunately, Australian baritone Warwick Fyfe was suffering from a severe throat infection (after travelling here from Australia on Qantas – how often I have heard about this happening to people!), and thus his contribution was limited.  For example, the first three items were to be from Lohengrin... read more

NZSM’s “A Night at the Opera” generates a feast

By , 19/09/2014
Earlier last week I had the good fortune to catch Radio NZ Concert's "Upbeat" interview with Margaret Medlyn, one of the tutors of Classical Voice at the NZ School of Music in Wellington. She spoke about the then oncoming "Night at the Opera" presentation involving the voice students and featuring arias and ensembles from well-known operas and operettas. She said that the concert's semi-staged aspect with costumes and lighting... read more

Splendid operatic farewell to the Kapiti Chorale’s conductor Marie Brown

Despite the rather corny title of the concert, the church was well-filled to hear the last concert to be conducted by Marie Brown, who is moving to Auckland, following eight years as Music Director  of the choir; she will be greatly missed. A delightful mixture of arias and choruses from opera made up the fare: some items were well known, or ‘hits’, others less-known, while some were based on myths While... read more

Brio’s fantastic lunchtime explorations

By , 19/06/2013
Fantasiereisen is not, of course, the word for a German bakery, but instead, the title chosen for the most recent of Vocal Ensemble Brio's enterprising programmes. Presented at St.Andrew's as part of the Lunchtime Concert Series, it featured music by Wagner, R. Strauss and Mozart, a kind of kaleidoscopic collection of operatic, vocal and instrumental works given this wonderful title (in English, this time) Fantastic Journeys. One or two... read more

Heavyweight opera composer-contenders put through their paces

By , 28/05/2013
I remember recently reading a "rant" (oops! - pardon my alliteration!) from a columnist in some record magazine (which I don't have enough money to subscribe to and therefore don't have to hand, having probably borrowed the public library copy). The diatribe was against the "mad-headed observance" of composer anniversaries, of which there are a number falling within this year of grace 2013. Without wishing to increase the readership of... read more

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