Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Natalie's Hit Another High Note in Her Career; Buderim Opera Singer Set to Star in QPAC's Latest Production

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Natalie's Hit Another High Note in Her Career; Buderim Opera Singer Set to Star in QPAC's Latest Production

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BUDERIM opera singer Natalie Christie Peluso says she was probably the last person in her family to realise where her future lay.

"My family and friends were all convinced an operatic career was inevitable long before I did," she says.

"But when my mum brought home a video of Franco Zeffirelli's film "La Traviata" when I was 14 years old, I didn't stop sobbing for at least 30 minutes afterwards.

"The music, the text and especially the actual sound of the voices was so overwhelming.

"From that point on I was obsessed with the idea of doing it myself."

That's fortunate for opera fans who will be able to see Natalie play Rose Maybud in Opera Queensland's "Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse!" from July 14-29 at the Playhouse QPAC.

Natalie, who lives with her husband and two children in Buderim, made her operatic debut with the Welsh National Opera, singing the role of Sister Constance in the opera "The Carmelites", by French composer Francis Poulenc.

The tragic story about a group of Carmelite nuns who are guillotined during the French Revolution was a huge success for Natalie and led to her being offered a contract as principal soprano with the company for another four years.

She believes one of the perks of being an opera singer is the opportunity to travel and has been lucky enough to visit cities all over Europe, performing in everything from a cathedral in Oslo and a castle in Cornwall to concert halls as prestigious as the Berlin Philharmonie.

"Singing for Prince Charles at Windsor Castle was quite special," she says.

"However, my favourite experiences are often during the rehearsal process - the amount of brilliant colleagues to play with makes my job a total joy."

In OperaQ's production of "Ruddigore, or the Witch's Curse!" Natalie plays a delightfully odd young girl who makes all her decisions by consulting her book of etiquette, which she keeps on her at all times. …

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