Young singer shines in opera role
A festive opera that's full of comedy, mistaken identities, flirtations and farce is playing at The Opera Factory in Newmarket.
Christie Cook of Remuera is one of the leads in Die Fledermaus (The Bat). She plays Orlofsky, an extremely wealthy Russian prince who is hosting the grand party where the mayhem takes place.
''It's extremely entertaining and we have a wonderful cast of actors and singers,'' the 25-year-old mezzo says.
Ms Cook was the runner-up in the New Zealand Aria Competition in October.
''My goal is to keep singing professionally. I want to go overseas to study in the next couple of years, but first I want to audition for NZ Opera's emerging artists programme.''
Becoming a singer was her dream from the age of four.
''Mid-way through university I began to understand the commitment and sacrifices needed to make a career as an opera singer.''
Taking good care of your voice means no late nights, parties or talking too much. Keeping fit and in good health is vital too, she says.
''If you're really successful there's a huge amount of travel involved which can make it hard to maintain relationships.''
The play is in English and Ms Cook says Die Fledermaus is accessible to all ages, both to those who are new to opera and die-hard fans.
The show is at 7 Eden Street, Newmarket, from December 11 to 15. There are evening performances and a Saturday matinee. Tickets are $35 to $45. Phone 361-1000 to book. See operafactory.com for more information.
East And Bays Courier