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Weekly Edition - Published  31 January 2016

 

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A Gala Opera Concert

ST. George's Hall is being transported to a world of opera to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Una Voce Opera Company, with a special Gala Opera Concert featuring the voices of internationally renowned singers.

The Gala Opera Concert, with piano accompaniment, will reflect Una Voce's past productions as well as some classic opera favourites in the splendour of St George's Concert Room on Saturday, 12 March 2016.

A whole host of singers will perform as part of the anniversary concert, carefully selected by Una Voce to guarantee a fine evening of opera. Featuring Mezzo soprano Natasha Agarwal, Eilin O'Dea, a successful world class actress and Soprano, they both join up and coming Tenor, Benjamin Sweeney, who has performed a variety of roles across Europe and Russia and Darwin Leonard Prakash, Baritone singer, who brings a new style to the concert after making his debut with UVOC in 2015.

Eilin O'Dea, a classically trained singer, is sure to be the star of show as she is best known for her performance of James Joyce's iconic Molly Bloom, which she has performed across Europe as well as many other productions. Her love of music has influenced many of her performance choices and, ultimately, her wish is to combine both abilities by performing opera, which represents the ultimate merging of both arts.

Young and fresh talent will be welcomed to the stage for some jaw dropping performances; starring Soprano singer, Natasha Agarwal. The 19 year old singer has already won many awards such as 'Liverpool Voice of the Year' and 'Young Singer of the Year' at the Alderley Edge, Blackpool and Huddersfield Music Festivals. Her roles have included Dorothy (Wizard of Oz), Cosette (Les Misérables) and Christine (The Phantom of the Opera) as well as many breath taking performances across the UK.   Ehren Agarwal, who is just 14 years old, will also entertain with his saxophone, bringing beautiful music to the event. Ehren takes part in school productions and is a member of the Concert Band, the Swing Band and the Sax Quartet. The Merchant Taylors' school student is a global superstar in the making as he also won the Instrumental Class at Southport Festival last year as well has many other awards from the age of 10.

The singers will appear by kind invitation of Dr. Robert Alderson, Una Voce's Vocal Advisor. All singers will be accompanied and directed by the international Pianist, John Peace, a former member of the Liverpool Chamber Music Group in the 1980's. John has performed in a variety of Liverpool venues such as the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool Cathedrals and Liverpool Parish Church.

The company was founded by the McAulay Family and Friends on 26 September 1996, with the mission of:- "bringing opera to all and all to opera at affordable prices and in accessible venues" whilst educating and entertaining the public and giving singers a platform to express their art and demonstrate their voices. Since that time, Una Voce Opera Company has produced 8 fully staged Operas and one musical play, featuring professional principals, semi professional singers and the Una Voce Chorus. This production will feature classical favourites as well as young and fresh talent so don't miss this special evening of opera. For further information, please visit:- StGeorgesLiverpool.Co.UK.


In the past 3 years, Vearncombe had made a successful return to touring, having completed 5 headline tours in the UK as well as across Europe. His most recent TV appearance was in November 2015 when he recorded a Catalan version of Wonderful Life as a fundraiser for the Catalan telethon La Marató de TV3. His recording has helped raise over seven million pounds for the charity. You can see the performance at on YouTube. Other interesting links:-  ColinVearncombe.Com, Facebook and Wikipedia.

 

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