SINGING OPERA CHORUSES? – HAVE AN OPERA SINGER AS YOUR MD

Oriana’s preparation for “G&S and Opera Choruses: Songs You Will Know and Love” has been made immeasurably more effective, not to mention enjoyable, by having as our Musical Director for this season, Mr. Benjamin Oxley. Ben has a wealth of knowledge, and experience in the world of opera, and he has been very generous in imparting what he has learned to the choir. Ben trained at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and went on to join Opera Queensland, and then Opera Australia. Further vocal study took him to England, initially on contract with English National Opera (ENO), with whom he toured Russia. He has pursued operatic and concert work and has appeared with Netherlands Opera in Loheng

Why Opera Choruses? - it's just like Roy Orbison...

There are a few commonly held misconceptions about Opera – that it is ‘highbrow’; that it is ‘serious’ or ‘heavy’; that it is difficult to understand and appreciate; and that it is not fun. Highbrow? – definitely not. Operas, like the plays of Shakespeare, were created and composed for everyone to enjoy, not just the intellectuals and the ‘longhairs’. Serious and heavy? Some opera is serious, some of it deals with weighty issues. This is true of every literary genre, from Greek tragedy to comic books. But lots and lots of opera is as light hearted and joyous as the best pop music. Difficult to understand? If it’s performed in in its original language, and you don’t speak it, then the answer

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