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  • I love opera, bluegrass, burger joints and fictional detectives. Mostly, but not always, in that order. Formerly of Dunedin, formerly of Sydney, now travelling the world with the tenor in my life (Stuart Skelton) and blogging as I go.
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Monday, September 08, 2008

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travelling mezzo

Your opening boast is disgraceful for someone who is allegedly into opera & voice as you purport to be. The Con has many opportunities to hear young singers, the voices of the future. Each year they have at least 2 operas or opera showcases running - for the last four or so years, it has been a Haydn opera cycle, with at least 2 performances & each double cast. The opera students also give 2 lunchtime concerts. During the last year they have had a program of free public masterclasses where the singers have been mentored by Yvonne Kenny, Emma Mathews, Amelia Farrugia, Michael Lewis, Marilyn Phillips & last week Stephen Delaney. Next up is Phillip Langridge with a group of young tenors. Their next opera is Die Fledermaus starting on 20 September, which is sold out. But there are 3 other performances.

Sarah

Not boast. Lament, if anything. I was mostly just commenting on the strangeness of my long absence, it surprised me when I realised it had been over a year.
So believe me, it's not for want of trying or out of some anomalous (I mean seriously, after five years of opera blogging, I think it's clear my passion is more than "alleged") disinterest in young voices. Mostly it's been because I've had other non-musical things happening which prevented me going.
And last year I was there for several events, not all of which were written up here.
As for the masterclasses - they're often run while I'm at work and besides, the list on the website is so infrequently updated it's hard to keep track. The brochure I received at the beginning of this year promised masterclasses by Emma Matthews and Cheryl & Peter, among others, but having never been able to find any other information about these, what's a girl to do?

LadyBlogger

Perhaps no shocking omissions, but a couple of thought-provoking ones? Just my two cents!

Sarah

Well, there was one singer who, on previous showings, I thought might go further. But on the night, I think the right decision was made.

LadyBlogger

Fair enough! Difference of opinion is what makes this life interesting :-)

Sarah

It is indeed. I enjoyed your post about the semis - we are agreed on Sitiveni Taleni I think, less so about the sopranos, but then that is always murky territory...
Anyway I'm glad to see you're still blogging, had begun to think you might have disappeared!

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