5. SONG SOIREE

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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.

PHOTO: CATHER­INE WHITBY/SUPPLIED

Com­bined choirs the Palmer­ston North Choral So­ci­ety and Tai­hape’s Ar­ca­dian Singers be­ing con­ducted by Ali­son Stewart in St David’s Church Tai­hape.

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