Benjamin Makisi is a true ‘singer for the people,’ one who’ll never turn down an engagement if there is a willing audience wishing to hear him. Even with a busy career, he has managed to stay close to his beloved Rugby, on countless occasions, singing the pre-match anthem for the All Blacks.
As a young lad New Zealand-born, Tongan tenor, Benjamin Makisi had to choose his life path...Was it to be his beloved rugby or a career as a singer, utilising a gift of rare vocal beauty. He chose the latter and has never looked back. Just recently he has partnered Dame Kiri te Kanawa in concert for a second time. Both invitations have come directly from the great Diva herself, something Ben considers an honour.
This Sunday, Sunshine Coast music-lovers can hear Benjamin for themselves, when he joins the cast from the Coast-based OPERATIF! Opera and Song company, for a very special performance at the spectacular lakeside theatre in Cooroy.
“For those who enjoy sitting under sunny skies, the truly beautiful location at Lake Macdonald makes this concert experience even more memorable,” said Jennifer Parish from OPERATIF! “Many will extend the day with a lakeside picnic in the Gardens before entering the theatre. Once inside and seated, they will hear some of the most thrilling pieces from opera and a selection of great songs...The music, coupled with a magical location is a sure winner.” she added.
Jennifer said ticket sales were down on past years, despite their wonderful guest tenor. She puts this down to the fear of spending in current times but remains optimistic and determined that this is a ‘bump’ on the road and that optimism will return again.
“At a time when so many arts companies are resorting to give-aways and cut price tickets, we are proudly staying true to the value of the entertainment our audiences will receive,” said Jennifer. “We know our performance will be of a standard worth every cent of the admission price and discounted tickets simply deprive professionals of livelihood.”
Joining Jennifer and tenor Benjamin on the amphitheatre stage will be OPERATIF! co-founder, baritone Stewart Cameron, mezzo Clarice Williams and pianist John Woods
Accompanying IMAGE: Tongan Tenor, Benjamin Makisi
From Rugby to Royalty
Venue: Lakeside Theatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy.
Date: 20th May
3pm to 5.30pm
Bookings 1300 308 385 or www.operatif.com.au
, Lake MacDonald
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