OPERA ROLE A DREAM
IT may have taken longer than she had hoped, but soprano Emma Pettemerides is finally performing her dream role, diva Carlotta, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.
After graduating from Presbyterian Ladies College, Pettemerides went straight to WAAPA before attending the Sydney Conservatorium.
The English-born singer then returned to the UK to study at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music.
“Then I moved to London, working for opera companies and I auditioned for Phantom on the West End, but didn’t get it,” she said.
“When I came back to Perth two years ago, it came up that Ian Westrip was putting it on. “Then I heard that Aldo Di Toro was singing Phantom and I’m such a huge fan, so I auditioned and luckily got the part.”
Mark Barford is directing the acclaimed musical, which follows the story of a scarred composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House and becomes obsessed with young soprano, Christine (Stephanie Gooch).
Carlotta is the prima donna of the opera company and Pettemerides said she enjoyed every moment in the role.
“She just has such a temper and really believes she deserves to be at the top,” she said.
The Phantom of the Opera season is supporting the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.
Any charity that wants to raise money for their cause can preregister with ICW Productions to receive a $10 donation for each ticket to the production. Call 0416 251 265.
Emma Pettemerides will play Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera.