A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, Amelia Berry’s opera roles range from Mozart to Puccini, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan, Sondheim, and Webber. She has performed with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington and is the winner of the 2010 New Zealand Aria competition. Amelia will be accompanied by acclaimed Dunedin pianist Terence Dennis, performing Richard Strauss’ Brentano Lieder Op. 68, and Debussy’s Quatre chansons de jeunesse.
On the curator
One of New Zealand’s leading sopranos, Anna Leese, takes on a curatorial role with this series of afternoon concerts in the glorious surrounds and acoustics of St Paul’s Cathedral. Over five days, the concerts feature some of our most accomplished performers in song, piano, taonga pūoro and strings, as well as a special interactive event for the littlies in our lives.
After studying at University of Otago and winning the 2002 Mobil Song Quest, soprano Anna Leese was furthering her studies in London when she made her debut in 2005 at Royal Opera House Covent Garden (ROH) as Tamiri in Mozart’s Il re pastore. The ROH then invited her to understudy the Musetta in Puccini’s La bohème. She returned to the role, among several others, in her own right in 2008 on the main stage. Regarded as a rising star on the international opera stage, Anna has performed in numerous operatic roles throughout Europe, Canada, China and New Zealand. She has sung with performance greats including Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras and Dame Kiri te Kanawa.
Tues 6th April, 1.00pm
St Paul’s Cathedral – General Admission
50 minutes, no interval
Full $20 Early Bird $15
Under 19 $15
Group of 6+ $15
plus service fees