What has your experience been with opera?
I’m a soprano and also an opera lover. I think opera is such an amazing medium for telling stories. I have performed in a number of the large scale Opera Australia and Opera Queensland touring productions on the Gold Coast.
The cast of Opera Gold Coast’s Gianni Schicchi. Photo supplied
Why did you want to form Opera Gold Coast?
I have always been surprised that a city the size of the Gold Coast does not have its own opera company. I was so excited by the turn-out to Opera Australia’s Opera on the Beach productions and could see that Gold Coast audiences really embraced the art form. Plus, there is no shortage of exceptional musicians and singers living on the Gold Coast. I was also following a fantastic opera company based in London (OperaUpClose) who perform amazing intimate re-imaginings of well-known works. They often perform in pubs and in English. This was totally inspiring to me and showed that there are no rules about what can be done. At the end of the day, opera is about storytelling and you really must connect with the audience. I knew that...