The Seven Sopranos heading to the Saraton

TURNING a classical recital on its head is the mission of seven young singers performing as The Seven Sopranos.

The show's creator and director, singer Tarita Botsman, said the keyword for the show was "fun".

"The Seven Sopranos is a group of beautiful, young, talented opera singers who are accessible and interesting," she said.

"They are the best young female voices in the country under 35."

Ms Botsman said there would be no microphones used during the performance and the ladies will be singing "as you would hear them at the opera".

They will be performing classic arias from operas such as Verdi's La Traviata, Bizet's Carmen, Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini's La Boheme and Charles Gounod's Romeo and Juliet.

The program will also feature songs from musical theatre, including from the 1949 hit South Pacific, the 1885 Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta The Mikado, Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

Ms Botsman said the blend of arias and musical theatre pieces is not uncommon.

"A lot of musical theatre is written for a classically-trained voice. The classic musicals can be sung by opera singers or musical theatre singers," she said. "It's really only in the last 40 years that we've had musical theatre singers only.

"Previously, classically-trained voices were expected to sing everything."

Ms Botsman said the show also featured a special moment for first-time opera audiences.

"I can't reveal too much but there is a moment in the show where we refine people's senses so they can only use their ears," she said.

Don't miss the Seven Sopranos when they fill the Saraton Theatre with their beautiful voices on Sunday, March 15, 3pm. Tickets are on sale at the theatre.



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