Entitled, ‘Oratorio, opera and operetta… and a little musical theatre’, my shows with Bill Hawkey last week in Narooma (St Paul’s Anglican Church) and Bega (the Bega Regional Art Gallery) were so well received by all audiences. An exploration of the development of the mezzo soprano role (from the pants role to the uncontrollable woman), I took people on a musical, historical journey that was fun, funny and just a little bit naughty. I sang pieces from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, then moved on to the fabulous male roles in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Gounod’s Faust and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. Then, finally, I got to play some women – Carmen (Bizet), La Perichole (Offenbach), Eliza Doolittle (Lerner and Loewe) and the mistress from ‘Nine’ (Marty Yelman).
But here’s what audience members said:
“I really enjoyed you guiding us through the mezzo journey. Lots of fun. Beautiful repertoire selection and stunning delivery (you were fabulous in all the roles).”
“Eliane’s concert was simply brilliant last night. We vastly enjoyed her classical and “cabaret” popular repertoire. The public was most appreciative of her excellent witty and very unusual performance. Yes, Eliane wins people’s hearts with her warmth and spontaneity.”