Voices raised for opera

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

MT Clare­mont opera singer Har­riet O’Shan­nessy will launch her new com­pany, Freeze Frame Opera, next month.

Di­rec­tors, de­sign­ers, mu­si­cians and singers with a mis­sion to make opera more ac­ces­si­ble, af­ford­able and ap­peal­ing in Perth will join the tal­ented singer.

O’Shan­nessy said she wanted to start the com­pany to in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for opera singers and give peo­ple a chance to learn more about the mu­sic genre.

“At Freeze Frame Opera we are shak­ing up the opera ex­pe­ri­ence to make some­thing ex­cit­ing and new,” she said.

“I want to cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for WA singers and raise the pro­file of opera.

“Only a small pro­por­tion of peo­ple are in­ter­ested in opera and I think if peo­ple come to our show they will re­alise they know many songs from movies and pop­u­lar cul­ture.”

The com­pany will launch its first con­cert At the Movies, which will in­clude songs from The Shaw­shank Re­demp­tion, Pretty Woman and The Ad­ven­tures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, per­formed by WA artists.

O’Shan­nessy said she was ex­cited to bring opera to the masses and of­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent. “It’s very ex­cit­ing,” she said. “I can’t wait to see it all come to­gether.

“Our op­eras will be per­formed in in­ti­mate and in­ter­est­ing venues… and best of all, the op­eras will be short.

“We are to opera what Twenty20 is to cricket; the highs and lows, with­out the bor­ing bits.”

Freeze Frame Opera will launch its con­cert on Novem­ber 17 and will run un­til Novem­ber 19 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at PS Art Space in Fre­man­tle. Tick­ets are $30. For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets, visit www.freeze­frame­opera.com.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d460656

Har­riet O’Shan­nessy wants to raise the pro­file of opera.

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