Light up the night
Palmerston North opera singer Anna Leese thrills listeners around the world.
Since winning the Mobil Song Quest, Anna has sung with top English and European opera companies and with New Zealand Opera. She has performed for royalty and been a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall.
She returns to the city this week for Last Night Of the Proms. Show director Pat Snoxell is naturally delighted.
‘‘Traditionally, the soprano
FESTIVAL: Multicultural performances, exhibitions, art, dance, music, food festival, children’s activities, IPC Tertiary Institute, Aokautere Dr, 11am – 4pm. Enquiries Hiro Tsumakura firstname.lastname@example.org, or Peter Davies email@example.com , 354 0922. PRENATAL PILATES: Breathing and relaxation techniques, pelvic floor exercises, gentle exercises, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Anomaly Dance Studio, Level 1, 310 Rangitikei St. No previous Pilates experience required. soloist is an essential part of the event both in showcasing their own repertoire and leading the rousing community singing at the end,’’ Pat says.
Anna will performthe Rugby World Cup anthem, World In Union, arranged for soloist and choir by Manawatu’s Roger Buchanan, and Puccini’s popular aria, OMio Babbino Caro. Her selection also includesmusical theatre favourites, before leading the band, choir and audience in Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Land Of Hope And Glory and Now Is the Hour, as well as Pokarekare Ana.
She will be accompanied by the 38-piece Royal New Zealand Navy Inquiries Paula firstname.lastname@example.org or 356 3462 to register. CROQUET: Rose Gardens Association Croquet and Golf Croquet Club Day, The Esplanade, 12.45pm. Visitors and beginners welcome, car park pavilion every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday in season. WAGON WHEELS Country Music Group: Guest artist Carylann Martin from Wellington, and others from Band, which played at the Gallipoli centenary commemorations, led by musical director Colin Clark.
In all, 120 singers and performers including Douglas Ransom from 2013’s Joseph are in the impressive line-up as well as an 80-strong secondary school choir.
The audience is a vital ingredient of the fun and fanfare. Pat would like as many as possible to come costumed for the occasion.
‘‘If would be great if people dressed as the Queen or members of the royal family,’’ Pat says. ❚ Last Night Of The Proms in The Regent On Broadway this Sunday, September 27, at 7.30pm. Tickets from TicketDirect.
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