Singing stars from around New Zealand may be coming to light up the Trafalgar Park stage at Opera in the Park next week but local performers are also promising to bring their A game.
Tahunanui’s Trudi Wilson is one of the latest acts to be confirmed for the concert and will join a host of top performers. She says the chance to strut her stuff in front of a huge audience while rubbing shoulders with top performers has her nervous and excited. “For us locals to get to mingle with the likes of the Wellington Symphony Orchestra and Julia Deans and all the rest of them is really cool and everyone I’ve spoken to has been so lovely about it.”
The Opera in the Park is a biennial event hosted by Nelson City Council and this year will feature rising international soprano star Madeleine Pierard and her mezzo-soprano sister Anna Pierard, along with New Zealand favourites Don McGlashan and Julia Deans, all supported by accomplished conductor Marc Taddei and Orchestra Wellington.
Trudi, a singing teacher at Nelson College for Girls and Waimea College, has performed with some of the country’s top acts including Billy T James and Sir Howard Morrison but says performing at Opera in the Park will be a huge thrill.
“It’s big, but it’s big because I’m not doing it with a band too, this time it’s just me up there. It’s great to have something like this in Nelson too, as a teacher this is the sort of stuff that I want to see my students do.”
Trudi will perform one song, a rearranged cover of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good. Trudi says she’s excited about the big day.
“I’ve over the moon that I’ve even been asked. I’m really excited and I’m excited that I get to buy a new dress,” she says. “To stop my nerves – and this may sound weird – but I try to concentrate on things like the floor because you know that it will be uneven and that I think takes away from the fact that there’s squillions of people out there.”
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children aged 5 – 15, and under 5s are free.
Tickets are on sale at Everyman Records, 249 Hardy St, phone 548 3083, or book online at www.everyman.co.nz.