Singing in Latin no prob­lem for Tre-Belle

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Singing in Latin is all in a day’s work for a Whitby per­former.

Karyn An­dreassend is one third of the pop-opera trio TreBelle, who are per­form­ing at Massey Univer­sity’s grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony in Welling­ton this week.

An­dreassend said singing the tra­di­tional univer­sity song, Gaudea­mus, would be a first for the group.

‘‘We have pre­vi­ously sung in Latin, so learn­ing the text will not be too big a chal­lenge com­pared to some of the lan­guages we’ve per­formed in,’’ she said.

‘‘We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.’’

The Welling­ton-based trio of An­dreassend, Jen­nifer Lit­tle and Jess Se­gal have been per­form­ing op­er­atic clas­sics, mu­si­cal theatre and the lat­est chart hits since 2009.

Each of the women has sung op­er­atic clas­sics in lan­guages rang­ing from Rus­sian to Span­ish, and col­lec­tively they have adopted a uni­ver­sal out­look to learn­ing and per­form­ing mu­sic.

An­dreassend, who has a grad­u­ate diploma of teach­ing, said per­form­ing at the cer­e­mony would be like re­liv­ing her own grad­u­a­tion.

The women or­gan­ise the lo­gis­tics for their per­for­mances, in­clud­ing cre­at­ing their own mu­si­cal ar­range­ments, choos­ing cos­tumes and fill­ing out tax re­turns.

They also man­age their own book­ings – they have per­formed in Aus­tralia, Malaysia and at the World of Wear­able Arts show in Welling­ton.

‘‘Be­ing a small coun­try, peo­ple en­joy deal­ing with the per­form­ers di­rectly.’’

Once they are on stage TreBelle take charge of their mu­si­cal in­ter­pre­ta­tions to cre­ate a mem­o­rable sound.

‘‘We’ve spent so much time per­form­ing to­gether we’re re­ally like three sis­ters.

‘‘It’s re­ally great be­ing on stage to­gether and be­ing able to sing in sync with each other. By us­ing our clas­si­cal tech­nique and then al­ter­ing it to blend, it can sound like one voice and it rep­re­sents the ul­ti­mate in team­work.’’

The group will be per­form­ing to 600 peo­ple at two grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies at the Michael Fowler Cen­tre on May 26.

Pop-opera trio Tre-Belle, who com­prise from left, Karyn An­dreassend, Jen­nifer Lit­tle and Jess Se­gal, are guest per­form­ers at Massey Univer­sity’s Welling­ton grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.

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