Life as an opera singer is never dull! Saturday night I was appearing in Donizetti’s gothic horror story Lucia di Lammermoor wearing tartan and a giant, scene stealing ruff; Sunday I was serenading the statue of the Madonna in Fremantle for the Blessing of the Fleet in full-length DivaLicious-style sequins and today I am rehearsing for DivaLicious and The Impresario, playing Sveltana ‘Sylvie’ Silverpeal, (winner of Slovenia’s Got Talent!) stumbling about in vast snow-leopard print wedges and various other mismatched animal prints!
Since reaching the finals of Australia’s Got Talent 6 years ago now DivaLicious has gone from strength to strength and for the third year running we are presenting a show at the Sydney Opera House which is pretty exciting and we would love Carousel readers to be part of the fun!
We are bringing our one hour comedy hit DivaLicious and The Impresario to Sydney for 2 nights only on November 8 and 9 and 6pm and 8pm, plenty of time for dinner and that glass of bubbles! The Utzon Room is the smallest and consequently the most intimate space at the Opera House with the best view across the harbour. We get up close and personal with our audience and always pop out to say hello after the show.
The background of this opera is really interesting. In 1786, the Emperor held a competition in Vienna; he invited rival composers Mozart and Salieri to prove themselves by writing and producing a one act opera on a specific subject; an opera about an opera company.
The result in Mozart’s case, was The Impresario, a German “comedy with music” but unfortunately for him, Salieri’s Italian offering was the winner! Not that Mozart seemed to care in fact he immediately went on to compose The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte and The Magic Flute; in fact all his biggest hits! We have cheekily inserted some music from these more famous shows into DivaLicious and The Impresario for those who like to hum along.
The story deals with the brilliantly topical and irresistible subject of funding the arts (could there be a better subject for a satire?), and also features two rival soprano, perfect for DivaLicious the Duelling Divas. Our version has been adapted, rewritten and set in Australia 2017, is performed in English, (no subtitles needed!) and there is a lot of funny script, not just music. Aside from the very DivaLicious Fiona Cooper Smyth and myself we have talented cabaret artist Robert Hofmann as the stationary obsessed Basil, actor and director Ian Toyne as the rich investor and movie actor Igor Sas in the title role of the long-suffering Impresario. It has been such a pleasure working with comic actors; we spend our rehearsals in fits of laughter!
We have a special offer for Carousel readers, put the discount code GOLD to receive $59 tickets (full price $89) and don’t forget to say hello after the show!
Now I am off to organise my next costume as it is Halloween today and my nine-year-old will expect some effort to be made! And of course I am keen to embarrass my three teenagers too, now where did I put my black cat-suit, ears and tail?
The Carousel would like to thank Penny Shaw from DivaLicious for her article. If you would like to find out about the duo’s performance then click below. We can tell you they are a fabulous act.