A large audience warmly appreciated the annual Opera North Showcase performance held in the Bougainville Theatre Whangarei on Sunday 8th October 2017.
The aim of Showcase is to give members of Opera North the opportunity to entertain the public with songs and items somewhat different to those included in Opera in the Garden. As younger singers have been encouraged to join Opera North, the society has a range of singers from age 7 upwards. Several members of Opera North have now become singing teachers in their own right and this year's programme included "Singin' in the Rain" performed by Emma Couper's "Wind Chimes".
The Opera North Chorus performed opera choruses from The Magic Flute, the Nuns Chorus featuring soloist Emma Couper, a medley from The Pirates of Penzance and a French Medley. A new twist was added to a performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" with Kawiti Waetford singing a verse in Maori. Kawiti also performed a number of solos.
There were solos from the younger members of Opera North who had achieved success in the recent Northland Performing Arts Vocal Competitions, together with solos, duets and a quartet from older members. Clare Henderson-Cleaver was the very skilled accompanist and the programme was very ably compered by Craig Robertson.
The varied and amusing programme was thoroughly enjoyed by all.