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Submitted by NZ Opera News on April 3, 2012 - 21:27.
Sunday 15 April 2012 5:00pm
All are invited to jump aboard and enjoy an early evening soiree to commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The concert will feature music heard onboard the Titanic’s voyage including ballads, music hall songs, parlour songs and popular arias. There will be a light afternoon tea served from 4.15pm and audience are encourage to come dressed as a passenger or crew from 1912. Tickets $30 includes afternoon tea from 4.15pm (Concessions available)
Ph 09 361 1000
Submitted by NZ Opera News on February 8, 2012 - 00:41.
Saturday 11 February 2012 2:00pm
Submitted by NZ Opera News on February 4, 2012 - 15:40.
Tuesday 14 February 2012 7:00pm
Submitted by Mark Leicester on February 17, 2011 - 19:39.
Submitted by NZ Opera News on October 20, 2010 - 21:19.
This course offers a comprehensive view of the range of operatic voices, interspersed with opportunities to listen and to view performances of opera. You will hear famous voices from the past, such as Maria Callas, and be able to compare them to contemporary performances. You will also gain an appreciation of the demands on opera singers and the ways composers have utilised voices in their compositions. Participants will receive notes covering the operatic voices and a suggested listening list.
Over two sessions you will hear examples of the different type of voices required for operatic roles: the first session focuses on the female operatic voices; and the second session highlights male voices.
Date: Saturdays 6 & 13 November, 2pm-5pm
Fee: $92 ($82.80)
For full course information and to enrol visit http://www.victoria.ac.nz/CCEShortcourses/seminars-workshops.aspx and click on Music.
Submitted by chocoholic_chic92 on September 24, 2010 - 23:04.
Hello, my name is Kayla, and I am 17 years old. I have been taking singing lessons for around 3-4 years now and have decided to pursue classical singing as a career. I have been studying music since I was quite young, but my family never expected that I would do it as a career as we are quite an ordinary family, I am the first to go to university. Only in the last few years have I had the confidence in myself through the help of others to think that I could succeed in the area of music, and so I have been working very hard with my singing, piano, viola, and general music studies. I am planning to study classical singing at university next year. I recently had my first audition, and did not get in as I was not as prepared for the audition as I thought I was, and was also quite sick, as well as the chances of getting in being very slim. I have more auditions coming up. These are my questions:
1)Any audition tips and things I should know?
2)Are there areas other than opera and oratorio that are available for classical singers to head into?
3)How do I go about beginning a career in classical singing once I get into university?
Submitted by NZ Opera News on August 5, 2010 - 05:24.
Submitted by NZ Opera News on December 6, 2009 - 10:16.
Saturday 12 December 2009 7:30pm
On Saturday, December 12 the Wellington Branch of The New Zealand Opera Society is presenting its annual End-of-Year Recital. We are pleased to announce that the featured artist this year will be Wendy Dawn Thompson last seen in Wellington earlier this year as the sultry star of NBR New Zealand Opera’s production of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri. She received rave reviews for her performance and we are delighted that she has agreed to do this recital for us.
She is returning to Wellington especially to do this recital for the Society.
Joining her will be two rising stars. Soprano Amelia Berry has just finished her Bachelor of Music at The New Zealand School of Music in Wellington. She is a student of Flora Edwards. She starred as Semele in the School of Music’s production of Handel’s opera this year and is moving on to do Honours in Performance in 2010. She won this year’s Dame Malvina Major Foundation Wellington Aria competition.
Baritone Matthew Landreth is originally from Dunedin and is now resident in Wellington. Matthew has been a PricewatersCooperhouse Dame Malvina Emerging Artist with NBR New Zealand Opera and has recently been made a Resident Artist for the company. He appeared in Opera Otago’s production of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte last year and has toured the country with Operatunity in 2009, as well as appearing as a member of the Chapman Tripp Opera Chorus in both L’Italiana in Algeri and Eugene Onegin this year.
The three singers will present a varied programme of both opera and song. Wendy Dawn will sing arias by Handel and songs by Richard Strauss and de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs. Amelia will sing songs by Mahler and Canteloube and Puccini’s popular aria ‘Chi il bel sogno di Doretta’ from La rondine. Matthew will sing Lilburn’s Sings Harry and an aria from Wagner’s Tannhäuser. Additionally each will present a Mozart aria and there will be duets and trios.
They will be accompanied by the highly experienced, Emma Sayers. Emma is a Lecturer in Piano and an accompanist at the New Zealand School of Music.
It will be a great night of fine music by three outstanding singers and continues the Opera Society’s commitment to supporting younger singers.
Submitted by NZ Opera News on November 2, 2009 - 18:24.