Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Opera Takes on Humorous Twist; Ovation Has a Mix of Famous Tunes and Pop Culture

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Opera Takes on Humorous Twist; Ovation Has a Mix of Famous Tunes and Pop Culture

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AUSTRALIAN tenor Jason Wasley was 17 years old when he found out he could sing ... by mistake.

aI was at school and went to audition for a play and found out that it was a musical,a Wasley said.

aThey asked me to do a (singing) scale and I got the lead.

aI went home and told my mum and she nearly dropped dead.

aThat is when I asked mum for a few singing lessons.a

Since then Wasley received a scholarship in 1991 to attend the Victorian College of Arts Opera Studio in Melbourne.

Two years later he won the HeraldaSun Aria, which enabled him to further his studies in Europe.

This month Wasley will perform at the MECC as part of the independent opera company La Prima Opera.

The show Ovation is packed with the highlights of opera that everyone knows, including famous tunes that are part of pop culture.

aIt is a really fun show which is about opera but has a very humorous script,a Wasley said.

aWe are also giving a lot of background and history on certain operas.

aIt is more of a relaxed operatic music.a

Written by Philip Wheeldon, compered by Christopher McKenna with Len Vorster at the piano and led by Australian-born international soprano Alison Rae Jones, Ovation includes favourite arias, duets and trios from Don Giovanni, Carmen, La Boheme, La Traviata, Turandot, Lakme and more.

Wasley returns to Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre for the first time since he sang in the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. …

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