Opera in Park lineup bolstered

Last updated 13:46 31/01/2013

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Two singers have been added to the lineup for Nelson's Opera in the Park in two weeks.

Wellington opera tenor Tom Atkins, who sang with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings Symphony, and Nelson jazz singer Trudi Wilson will perform at Trafalgar Park.

Headlining the February 16 concert will be rising Kiwi soprano Madeleine Pierard and her mezzo-soprano sister, Anna Pierard, and New Zealand pop musicians Don McGlashan and Julia Deans, supported by conductor Marc Taddei and Orchestra Wellington.

Musical director Pete Rainey said it was a coup to attract the Pierard sisters to perform.

"Madeleine is getting a big reputation internationally, and has just completed a two-year residency with the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, which is no mean feat. Anna is also establishing herself as one to watch.

"Last year both sisters featured together in a much-celebrated 10-centre tour throughout the country."

Pre-show entertainment will start from 5.30pm with the Ladykillers - Kiwi singers Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke. The evening will end with a fireworks display.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children aged 5-15; under-5s are free. Tickets are on sale at Everyman, 249 Hardy St, Nelson, ph 03 548 3083, or book online at everyman.co.nz.

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- The Nelson Mail

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