Legends of opera make it personal
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.