LOVE OF MU­SIC

The smil­ing faces of his au­di­ence are al­ways a great in­di­ca­tion to Mark Vin­cent that he is hit­ting the right notes with his fans

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD - ROD BEN­NETT Mark Vin­cent, Ser­e­nade Orches­tra and vo­cal­ist Monique Mon­tez, Jupiters The­atre, June 16

Mark Vin­cent says so­cial me­dia has al­lowed him to con­nect with his fans in­stantly. The other way the crooner says this hap­pens is by see­ing the smiles on the faces of those in the au­di­ence.

Vin­cent heads to Jupiters Gold Coast for a spe­cial the­atre per­for­mance next week, where the tenor will sing Granada, The Im­pos­si­ble

Dream, Some­where, With A Song In My Heart, Nes­sun

Dorma and many more. He says he wants to get “as many solo shows in” as he can be­fore be­com­ing en­sconced in mu­si­cal land, hav­ing just landed the role of Freddy Eyns­ford-Hill in the Syd­ney pro­duc­tion of My Fair Lady.

In the mu­si­cal, which is be­ing di­rected by Dame Julie An­drews, Eyns­ford-Hill is the love in­ter­est and po­ten­tial spouse to the lead char­ac­ter, El­iza Doolit­tle.

The role is an­other string in the bow for Vin­cent, who as a 15-year-old won Aus­tralia’s

Got Tal­ent in 2009. “My grand­fa­ther used to tell me that if you do it for the money you’ll be around for two min­utes,” he says.

“But if you do it for the love of the mu­sic and are pas­sion­ate about it ... Peo­ple like John Farn­ham and Doug Parkin­son – they’re in it for the right rea­sons.”

His grand­fa­ther would have been proud be­cause Vin­cent is a man be­yond pas­sion­ate about his mu­sic. The Italian-Aussie cited

Nes­sun Dorma as one of the great­est arias ever writ­ten.

“Peo­ple just love to hear it and as a per­former it gives me a huge thrill to sing it,” he says. “The way I rate whether a show has been great is when I come off stage and I think peo­ple have en­joyed it. I can see the smil­ing faces.”

The crooner’s lat­est al­bum, with Ma­rina Prior, has been No.1 on the clas­si­cal charts for six weeks.

Mark Vin­cent will play Jupiters The­atre on Thurs­day, June 16.

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