Fantastic Opportunity for NECOM Choristers

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“Thank you so much for making such an opportunity possible for the young singers of Armidale! Our son is so thrilled and talks of little else” – Parent of chorister. The New England Conservatorium’s presentation of Opera Australia’s touring production of The Marriage of Figaro at Lazenby Hall on 11 August promises to be the highlight in everyone’s music diary for 2016.

Opera Australia visits Armidale only every second year for an exclusive one-night-only performance, and this year Mozart’s comic masterpiece will be a super-special night out, suitable for the whole family.

For 24 talented young singers from NECOM’s choral programme, it will be the night of their lives. As the Children’s Chorus they will be sharing the spotlight with some of Australia’s finest opera singers when they join the cast to perform onstage in The Marriage of Figaro.

The Children’s Chorus initiative, brainchild of Opera Australia’s Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini, gives children the chance to learn about opera in the best possible way – by performing it alongside professionals. This is an incredible introduction to opera for NECOM’s choristers from Cantilena and New England Singers.

This is not the first time NECOM choristers have performed with Opera Australia. After being part of The Magic Flute Children’s Chorus in Armidale in 2014, talented chorus member Christopher Tall went on to successfully audition for the Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus and has since performed in many OA productions at the Sydney Opera House.

Congratulations to the choristers in the 2016 Children’s Chorus:

Mia Baivucago, Leila Bejaoui, Felix Bowles, Nina Breckenridge, Delphi Collins, Pip Constable, Gabrielle Cotterell, Chloe Davison, Harriet Eastment, Piyumi Ekanayake, Eloise Gooch, Lily Graham, Meg Lawry, Lily McCarthy, William Mackson, Veronica Marshall, Heidi Martin, Naomi Martin, Alissa Moloney, Jasper O’Neil, Sophia Smart, India Smith, Aiden Swick, Kaylee Swick and Maddie Sim.

The children were selected after a lengthy audition process from New England Conservatorium’s Cantilena Choir and New England Singers. The Children’s Chorus is an extension programme for NECOM’s gifted and talented choristers to enhance their audition and performance skills. This was the first time for many of the choristers to experience an audition, and all of them were outstanding. The children were auditioned in three areas – choral part singing, where they quickly learned one of the choruses from The Marriage of Figaro; solo singing, where each child performed a song of their own choice, allowing them to show off their individual vocal abilities; and stagecraft.

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is set over the events of a single day. Telling the story of two servants, Figaro and Susanna, who are attempting to get married despite the efforts of their employer, Count Almaviva, who is desperately in love with Susanna and will do everything in his power to foil their plans.

Filled with moments of hilarity, drama, danger, and romance, The Marriage of Figaro has been a mainstay of popular opera all over the world for centuries.

The Marriage of Figaro will be presented by NECOM for one night only on Thursday 11 August at Lazenby Hall, University of New England at 7:30pm. Tickets are on sale now at  Information Tel: 6788 2137.

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