Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

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.

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