Artists from the renowned OPERATIF! Opera and Song company present their much anticipated annual concert at Lake Macdonald this month. Heading the cast will be popular New Zealand-based tenor, Benjamin Fifita Makisi who is also clearly a favourite of world famous soprano Dame Kiri te Kanawa. Makisi was thrilled to recently share the stage with the great diva for a second time, when Dame Kiri chose him once again as her leading man when she returned home for a performance.
This month’s OPERATIF! concert in the spectacular Greek-style theatre on the shores of the Lake Macdonald, will be another feast of favourites, with selections from the great operas, songs from stage musicals and best-loved Neapolitan Songs from Italy.
Joining tenor Benjamin on the amphitheatre stage will be OPERATIF! founders, soprano Jennifer Parish and baritone Stewart Cameron and completing the line-up of singers is mezzo soprano Clarice Williams. Clarice has been singing in the UK for the past 10 years and is renewing her past association with OPERATIF! whilst home visiting family.
“Clarice is a fabulous artist,” said soprano Jennifer, “and it’s lovely to hear her sing again. Hers is quite a thrilling voice and she will sing some real show-stoppers including Delilah’s seductive aria from Sampson and Delilah.” Playing the grand piano and supporting the singers in consummate style is esteemed accompanist John Woods whose career has taken him all over Europe and the UK and finally here to our shores. The sparkling program promises to be highly entertaining and a perfect introduction for those who would not normally attend a concert of opera or classical-style singing.
“Operatif! artists always chat to their audience, briefly explaining opera plots and sharing the odd anecdote or funny story.” Jennifer said. “We want our audience to enjoy their time in our company, to feel relaxed but also to enjoy some spine-tingling singing.”
Those attending OPERATIF! at the amphitheatre often enjoy a pre-concert picnic in the Botanic Gardens surrounding this gem of a Sunshine Coast venue. There is tiered seating within the theatre so all have a clear view of the stage and the lake beyond. Although the seating construction is brick, it’s fine to take a low cushion or a rug to sit on. “Seats are really very comfy with a little padding” Jennifer added, “and it’s great that no-one needs to sit on flat ground which can be damp and off-putting, not to mention the ants!”
There is no need for amplification in the venue so don’t expect to see microphones or speakers. “It’s funny, people often think we are wearing little lapel microphones because the sound carries so well.” That’s the whole idea of an outdoor theatre, just as it was in ancient times and apparently, the Lake Macdonald venue was modelled on one in Greece. Adding to the comfort factor at the event, there will be espresso coffee and sweet treats available pre-concert and during interval. NB: A wet weather venue is on standby with excellent systems in place so patrons are informed and can go straight to it.
Opera In The Amphitheatre - Lake Macdonald
Venue: Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy.
Date: 20th May
3pm to 5.30pm
Tickets $45 (with discounts for groups)
For further information please contact 1300 308 385
Amphitheatre, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy
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