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Opera / Concerto


Sun 6 May 2012, 3:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Chilton Saint James School, 124 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Adult: $18.00
  • Seniors: $14.00
  • School students: $10.00
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Listed by: Jo Toon

This May, Hutt Valley Orchestra presents an opera and concerto double bill: a concert version of Cavalleria Rusticana and Rachmaninoff's third Piano Concerto on the 5th and 6th May 2012. Part of the profits will be donated to the Little Theatre Piano Trust.

The orchestra's dynamic young conductor, Brent John Stewart, who has recently been appointed to the Vector Wellington Orchestra's Assistant Conductor Internship, explains, “This is going to be a challenging and exciting concert. We are thrilled to be showcasing so many talented soloists from the Wellington region and beyond, and are looking forward to supporting the fundraising for the Little Theatre Piano Trust.”

Rachmaninoff's third Piano Concerto is widely regarded as one of the most technically challenging piano concertos in the classical repertoire, and was Rachmaninoff's own favourite. It was used as a central theme in the 1996 film Shine. Taking the solo role will be Melanie Lina, who arrived from the United States one year ago to marry her New Zealand husband. Praised for her ‘lyrical sound, refined nuances, and poetic depth of performance’, she has appeared as recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician across the US, as well in Russia, Germany, Eastern Europe, and Portugal. Ms. Lina has been a prizewinner in numerous competitions, and was awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion by President Clinton, for Achievement in the Arts. Her 2012 season includes soloist engagements with the Hutt Valley Orchestra, Northland Sinfonia and Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra of Hamilton, in addition to recitals across the North Island.

Cavalleria Rusticana, or Rustic Chivalry, is a one act opera by Pietro Mascagni. It tells the tale of love, seduction, jealousy and loss in a Sicilian village. The vocalists, five soloists and eight chorus performers, are all from the Wellington region.

The Orchestra is pleased to welcome back Ruth Armishaw and Sharon Yearsley following their highly successful performances in last year’s Christmas concert. Sharon will play Santuzza. Ruth will play Turidda, a role which is more traditionally played by a tenor, and which has been adapted for the soprano voice for this concert. Also appearing will be Kieran Rayner (Alfio), Alison Hodge (Lola) and Jody Orgias (Lucia (Mamma)).

The Hutt Valley Orchestra has been performing since 1958, and is made up of amateur performers of all ages and backgrounds. The orchestra plays a variety of music, typically from the classical orchestra repertoire, but also modern pieces; recent concerts have included jazz, light music and songs from musicals.

Please note, a booking fee applies for the tickets.