Operanesia presents a programme that is both polished and fun.
The Auckland Opera Studio will hold an outdoor concert in the grounds of 144 Jones Road Omaha on Saturday February 25.
The concert, Operanesia, is a collaboration of four young, aspiring Polynesian opera singers. In a quirky presentation, they will deliver a programme covering music from Puccini to Pacifica, mostly in four part harmony.
Accompanying them this year will be Samoan singer Marlena Devoe, who is back in New Zealand from London. For opera lovers, Marlena was the Lucia in the Studio’s much talked about 2014 production of Lucia di Lammermoor. This year she has debuted in several major roles in the United Kingdom and is at present auditioning and working in Europe.
The Auckland Opera Studio was created as a charitable trust to aid the development of young singers who have career potential in opera. All performers in the concert this year will have at one time or another been the beneficiaries of the studio’s work under the supervision of director Frances Wilson.
The evening last year was highly successful with bookings closing some two weeks ahead of the performance.
Frances says this should prove another fun night in a wonderful environment, with a balanced programme of classical arias through to modern popular numbers and plenty of casual entertainment and amusement.
The audience is invited to bring their own picnics and refreshments to the lawn in front of a stage, set up in the garden at the rear of the property. Nothing will be for sale on site. There is limited seating, so it is also advisable to bring a cushion or blanket.
Gates open at 4.30pm for parking, with the concert starting at 5.30pm. Bookings can be made at iTicket with limited gate sales on the day. Children under 16 are free.