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When:

Sat 7 Nov 2009, 8:00pm–10:30pm

Where: Coronation Hall, 37 Hall Road, Bannockburn, Cromwell, Central Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Senior Citizen: $15.00
  • Student/Child: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Peter Mead

Opera Otago on Tour brings to Central Otago, in early November, a double bill of Comic Opera featuring Bridge to Somewhere and The Telephone.

Bridge to Somewhere written by Nigel Eastgate and composed by John Drummond was premiered at the inaugural Otago Festival of the Arts in 2000. It tells the story of two bridge-playing couples, and the futures they have planned. But this is a comedy, and neither couple has told the other what their plans are! The ensuing complications are full of hillarity and misunderstanding. And the final secret is guarded by a canary...
Bridge to Somewhere is also the first opera in the world to include commercial breaks. From time to time the singers drop character and deliver advertisements for products! This only adds to the mayhem.

The Telephone, composed by Gian-Carlo Menotti was first presented in New York in 1947. It has featured on Broadway, been presented by the Metropolitan Opera and has been a favourite with audiences worldwide for over 6 decades. It is the story of Ben who is in love with Lucy, and all he needs is the chance to propose. But she won't stop talking on the telephone...

The double bill, presented by Cromwell Community Arts, features Emma Fraser an accomplished soprano who has performed with a number of prestigious companies around the world including the Australian Opera Studio; Claire Barton, a mezzo soprano who was a finalist in the 2007 Lexus Song Quest and has recently completed an internship with NRB New Zealand Opera; John Kiernan-Sear who has vast experience in opera and music theatre; accompanied on the piano by Julia Horsnell whose career already spans many operatic productions.

If your perception of opera is high brow, stuffy stuff performed in a foreign language be prepared to have this challenged. This will be a fun performance enhanced by the apperance of some exceptional vocal talent.

Tickets from Cromwell & Alexandra Information Centres. Door sales may also be available.