Popera troubadours per­form at The Plaza

South Waikato News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Renowned na­tion­wide for its spine- tingling sound, stun­ning mu­si­cal ar­range­ments and ex­quis­ite cos­tumes, New Zealand’s premier pop opera group Lyrica is leav­ing the big city be­hind and tak­ing its vi­brant and op­u­lent show on the road.

Af­ter al­most a decade of show­cas­ing its mu­si­cal tal­ents in New Zealand’s main cities, Lyrica de­cided it was time to say thank you to its fans based a lit­tle fur­ther afield and bring its pop­u­lar brand of cross-over mu­sic to the ru­ral set­ting.

Lyrica has be­come fa­mous around the coun­try for beau­ti­ful ren­di­tions of opera clas­sics ( Nes­sun Dorma, La donna e Mo­bile) but add to that its take on leg­endary songs such as Nights in White Satin, The Show Must Go On, Stair­way to Heaven, and Hal­lelu­jah, and this is a concert you will not want to miss.

A firm au­di­ence favourite is the swing­ing and sassy 1940s wartime set.

With songs like In the Mood and Boo­gie Woo­gie Bu­gle Boy, Lyrica will have you danc­ing in the aisles with this fab­u­lous feel-good mu­sic.

‘‘Lyrica was an ab­so­lute fes- tival high­light,’’ 2009 Hamil­ton Gar­dens Sum­mer Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Alana Mackay said.

Past per­for­mances have in­cluded the open­ing cer­e­mony of the Row­ing World Cham­pi­onships (Lyrica’s own song The Call­ing), guests of the QE2, as well as sold out con­certs three years in a row at The Hamil­ton Gar­dens Arts fes­ti­val.

The group will per­form at The Plaza in Pu­taruru on July 28.

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