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.
Ahead of Sunday's concert, Opera Australia has announced the eight finalists who will compete for a place in the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program next year. They are:
Jane Parkin (soprano)
Nicole Car (soprano)
Maxine Montgomery (soprano)
Victoria Lambourn (mezzo)
Martin Buckingham (tenor)
Samuel Dundas (baritone) Matthew Thomas (bass-baritone)
Hadleigh Adams (bass-baritone)
Of this list, the only two I've heard are Nicole Car and of course Jane Parkin, who, as we know, is quite a favourite of mine, but practically all the names are familiar. I shall probably also be barracking for Hadleigh Adams, as New Zealand's lone representative in this line-up. And I'm keen to hear Samuel Dundas after reading of his success in the title role of Victorian Opera's Don Giovanni. Of course, with one baritone and two bass-baritones on the programme, we're almost guaranteed at least one "Hai gia vinta la causa", my bête noire aria in competitions, much as I like it in context.