Ten Tenors - with a Kiwi twist
The Ten Tenors are heading to Auckland – and they’re bringing former Panmure resident Cameron Barclay with them.
The 29-year-old singer is a member of the Australian-based singing group. The ensemble spend up to six months a year touring with their unique blend of opera, rock, pop and crossover hits.
Their New Zealand tour The Power of Ten is a return to home for Barclay, now based in Wellington and he says it has been fantastic to be able to share the show with family and friends across the country.
It’s also an opportunity to share a bit of his home life with fellow band members.
‘‘When you tour with people not from here you see it with different eyes.’’
Barclay has been a member of the group since 2014, after meeting someone who knew the group’s music director.
A Skype interview followed, then he sent them some recordings.
‘‘Four days later I had the job. It was good timing – they needed someone and I was the right fit at the time.’’
Barclay says he loves performing with the group. ‘‘We get to do so many different styles of music. It’s been amazing.’’
It’s not just opera – the group perform everything from Ed Sheeran to Puccini, he says.
There’s a tribute to boy bands and a shout-out to the divas of pop, ‘‘but we’ve got some really poignant moments as well’’.
Barclay says the show’s strength is in the mix of music, allowing it to showcase the dif- ferent voice type of each tenor.
Barclay has travelled the world with the ensemble touring in Europe, Australia, Asia, America and now New Zealand.
Besides the sheer variety of music they sing, there’s a great social aspect to it all as well.
‘‘It’s 10 mates just having a good time and touring. I’m enjoying myself so much.’’
The Ten Tenors will be performing at the Bruce Mason Theatre, Takapuna on May 20 and the Aotea Centre, Auckland Central on May 21. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.co.nz.
Cameron Barclay is a trained opera singer but he’s not confined to one genre with the Ten Tenors.