‘Popera’ star joins school
More than 100 singing students and teaching faculty were involved in this year’s New Zealand Singing School.
Held at the Eastern Institute of Technology, the 10-day school had 75 classical and musical theatre students, who were taught by a faculty of national and international acclaim, from New Zealand, Australia and Europe.
Amici Forever founder and “popera” star Geoff Sewell was the artist-in-residence for the 2019 school.
New Zealand Singing School Trust chairwoman Helen Walker said he performed at the school’s opening ceremony to the “great delight” of the students.
Geoff also appeared at the singing school’s public performances, including the Showcase at the Tabard last Saturday and the singing school’s Gala Performance on Monday at the Municipal Theatre.
On Thursday, the school held Classics In the Village at the Havelock North Function Centre where about 20 mainstream classical students performed.
The school was founded in 1983 and is now held biennially.
Walker said their point of difference was in the fact they were a “cross-over school”.
“It means that we tutor students in both musical theatre and classical genres.”