A smorgasbord of styles
Fifteen years of musical touring will be celebrated when Operatunity brings the last of this year’s Daytime Concert Series to Life Church.
The special gala concert would see seven performers feature in a gala presentation of musical styles that includes musical theatre, proms, comic and novelty songs, as well as sentimental ballads.
Operatunity co-founder Susan Boland said it would be a ‘‘best of the best showcase, plus a few surprises’’.
A hit with audiences since he joined the troupe is former Manawatu musical theatre star Karl Perigo.
Perigo performed alongside Boland, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and his uncle Lindsay Perigo in Operatunity’s October production of Lanza.
Joining the trio for the gala, will be the professional touring company’s other co-founder John Cameron, boosted by singers Lynette Martin and Scot Hall, and pianist Paul Carnegie-Jones.
‘‘It’s hard to believe that from having just nine in our first audience, we now sing to thousands of people throughout New Zealand each month.
‘‘To survive for 15 years in this highly competitive market is fabulous. We look forward to doing it for many more years yet,’’ Boland said.
Not only providing entertainment, she said the company gave performing artists employment, experience and exposure in its more than 200 annual concerts around the country.
‘‘The company has 15 full time staff The Great Mario and over 30 artists on contract each year, all without any government funding or other sponsorship.’’
2016 also marked the tenth anniversary of the Operatunity Travel Club, which runs fully escorted, specially tailored trips along arts, culture and music themes.
Next year it will book more than 15 domestic and international trips for music lovers.
Those who attend the December 14 concert can take part in a number of prize draws as well as enter the competition for a trip for two to Sydney, valued at more than $10,000.
Operatunity’s 15th Anniversary Gala is at 11am in Life Church on Featherston St.
Individual and group bookings are available online and at the door.
Operatunity’s Susan Boland and Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua help celebrate 15 years on the road.