A Chat with Opera Australia’s Mazda Opera in the Bowl Soprano Lorina Gore

Each year, Opera Australia teams-up with Mazda and produces some seriously epic outdoor operatic performances in the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne and The Domain in Sydney. They’re musts!

See more about what’s in store here.

During them, they perform and arrangement of some of the world’s most famous arias that’s enough to stir all ages. So, we had a chat with soprano Lorina Gore – who took some time out from her rehearsals for the Melbourne season of Wagner’s The Ring Cycle to have a chat…

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You’re currently performing in Wagner’s Ring Cycle as one of The Rhinemaidens. How is that going?

It’s wonderful being a member of the Ring Cycle team for this epic set of operas. It’s the most amazing feeling singing with such a huge orchestration, although I do feel a little pressure at being the very first person to sing! There is truly a warm camaraderie backstage though, amongst the performers, volunteers, crew and technical team. A lot of people who work very hard to make these performances run smoothly, and they all do such a superb job.

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You’ve performed at five Mazda Opera in the Domain in Sydney in a row but this is your first time performing at Mazda Opera in the Bowl in Melbourne. Are you excited and how do you think it will differ?

I’m so looking forward to doing the Bowl concert for the first time here as I’m actually Victorian born, from Geelong. I have a lot of family here in Victoria, and it’s a lovely opportunity for them to all get together to hear me sing. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a veteran with the annual Sydney open air concert after doing that for five years, so it will be a refreshing change to sing for our Melbourne audience.

 

What do you love about Opera in the Domain and Bowl?

There really is nothing like the atmosphere of an outdoor concert. People pack delicious gourmet picnic hampers, bring along their children to have their very first taste of opera, and relax with some of the most beautiful and popular opera arias ever written. This concert is always very accessible, and I’m certain there will be music that everyone will recognise. This year I’ll even be performing a song from the musical ‘My Fair Lady’, which I’m very much looking forward to. And it doesn’t cost a cent to attend, thanks to the generous support of Mazda Australia.

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Do you enjoy performing as yourself rather than in character?

When I’m performing operatic arias in concert, I’m always performing as the character. Operas are ultimately a drama set to music, and so when we sing, we try to embody the character in the opera as much as possible. We won’t be using costumes or sets from the operas of course, but there will certainly be glamorous gowns and formal wear on the stage. Even the orchestra wear suits and evening dresses for the concert, so they will both look and sound glorious!

 

 

What can we expect to hear from you on Saturday night?

On Saturday night our audience can expect to be entertained with a veritable smorgasbord of musical treats! There will be orchestral overtures, famous operatic arias and duets, and something that Sydney are rarely privileged to hear outside of the Sydney Opera House – which is our magnificent Opera Australia chorus. You will also be able to hear Nessun Dorma as it’s truly meant to be sung; with the magnificent ringing tenor voice of Diego Torre!

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What do you love about Melbourne and what do you get up to while you’re here? Any favourite restaurants or bars?

I love Melbourne for so many reasons. There’s the great food and shopping, and there are always so many interesting cultural activities happening here on a regular basis. At the moment I’m not able to get out much though, as in between Ring Cycle performances I’m busily studying my next opera, Król Roger. I will be performing this for Opera Australia next year, and we will definitely also be bringing this exciting production to Melbourne.

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James

 

 

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