5. SONG SOIREE
Two city singing groups have combined for A Night At The Opera on Saturday evening.
Terry Pratchett wrote that ‘‘opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong … It works because of hatred and love and nerves. All the time…’’
The Palmerston North Choral Society and Taihape’s Arcadian Singers have combined to celebrate this fantasy world in A Night At The Opera.
Following the first performance in Taihape last Saturday, the 80-strong choral contingent are repeating the performance at 7.30pm this Saturday in St Andrews in the City.
The choirs will be joined by two rising stars in the music scene. Soprano Alicia Cadwgan is a graduate of the prestigious 2015 New Zealand Opera School with a Postgraduate Diploma in Classical Voice Performance, and baritone Lindsay Yeo was the winner of the 2014 Musica Viva Young Person’s Scholarship in the vocal category. Accompanist is Guy Donaldson.
Conducted by Alison Stewart, A Night at the Opera includes a medley of choruses from wellknown operatic shows spanning three hundred or so years. Rousing and reflective, happy and heartbroken, light and dark, it includes Dido’s Lament from Purcell’s 1688 opera Dido and Aeneas as well as excerpts from Chess, first performed on Broadway in 1988.
There’s Handel’s contribution to 2011’s baroque pastiche, The Enchanted Island, as well as choruses from Les Mis, Phantom, Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Gilbert and Sullivan’s satirical Mikado.
No need for tuxes, tails or tiaras at this soiree, tickets available at the door are $25 for adults, $20 concession and $15 for students with ID.
Combined choirs the Palmerston North Choral Society and Taihape’s Arcadian Singers being conducted by Alison Stewart in St David’s Church Taihape.