Leg­ends of opera make it per­sonal

South Western Times - - Lifestyle - Emily Ace

TENOR and so­prano leg­ends David Hob­son and Ma­rina Prior will of­fer an up close and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence at the Bun­bury Re­gional En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on May 11.

Prior said The 2 of us tour was an ex­ten­sive look into the tight-knit pair’s 30-plus year friend­ship and would bring a taste of all the big name shows in a neat two-hour pack­age.

“We al­ways tell the au­di­ence this is ba­si­cally like be­ing in our lounge rooms, ex­cept slightly big­ger,” Prior laughed.

“David and I are fan­tas­tic friends, we have known each other for 30 some­thing years – our fam­i­lies are mates, so it just makes it re­ally fun and easy.

“Our ac­com­pa­nist, David Cameron who is our mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, is ab­so­lutely bril­liant and is also a re­ally close friend.

“I think it makes for a good show be­cause our fa­mil­iar­ity and our ca­su­al­ness trans­late onto the stage per­for­mance.”

Prior said this was a chance for fans to see the per­form­ers in an en­tirely new light and the show would bring both “the ex­pected but also the un­ex­pected”.

“By this stage of your ca­reer you feel in­cred­i­bly re­laxed on stage and I think au­di­ences are used to see­ing us in char­ac­ter in an opera or theatre pro­duc­tion,” she said.

“But work­ing in con­cert like this takes the au­di­ence by sur­prise with our ca­su­al­ness and our hu­mour and the fact that it’s not grand and for­mal.

“We do all the big songs from mu­sic theatre and opera that you would ex­pect but then there is a lot of laugh­ing, a lot of talking and we do other sorts of mu­sic.”

Per­form­ing the hits and op­er­atic arias from Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis­er­ables and West­side Story, the dou­ble act will also show­case a col­lec­tion of Ir­ish and Scot­tish songs.

“We both like Celtic mu­sic, so we do a whole sec­tion of Ir­ish and Scot­tish songs and both play gui­tar and do more singer-song­writer folk stuff,” she said.

It is not the first time the pair have vis­ited Bun­bury and Prior said she was ea­ger to re­turn to the South West.

“We have both been all around the re­gional area of WA and it’s just stun­ning,” she said.

“The au­di­ences have been bril­liant, the the­atres are great and we are very happy to be do­ing that, I can tell you.”

Prior said she and Hob­son were par­tic­u­larly priv­i­leged to work with pi­anist David Cameron and de­scribed him as the “great­est ac­com­pa­nist in Aus­tralia”.

“It’s fan­tas­tic be­cause we have cho­sen our favourites songs and I think a great song can be treated any way.

“I have sung Phantom songs with a sym­phony orches­tra and I have sung them with the pi­ano – both are beautiful and stand up on their own mer­its in their own way.

“David is such an ex­tra­or­di­nary pi­anist that the sound he cre­ates, you would swear you are lis­ten­ing to an orches­tra.”

Prior par­tic­u­larly gets a kick out of the free­dom and spon­tane­ity this for­mat of­fers, which is a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence from theatre work.

“My favourite mo­ment is when you can feel that you are re­ally mak­ing a con­nec­tion with the au­di­ence, whether it be dur­ing a song or shar­ing a laugh.

“That spon­tane­ity you have in that ev­ery sin­gle au­di­ence is dif­fer­ent, which makes ev­ery show dif­fer­ent – I love that, it’s ab­so­lutely won­der­ful.”

Ma­rina Prior and David Hob­son will give a pow­er­house per­for­mance at the Bun­bury Re­gional En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in May.

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