UC students sing for opera great Jonathan Lemalu
The student was nervous as she performed for Grammy award-winning operatic bass Jonathan Lemalu at the University of Canterbury’s (UC) central city Arts Centre campus Recital Room last night.
Opera star Jonathan Lemalu conducted a masterclass with UC voice students last night.
Voices soared and young singers were inspired as, with much warmth and humour, Lemalu helped the students to explore nuances of the music they had prepared and the characters they were portraying.
Currently touring the country, Lemalu will perform in Ōtautahi Christchurch at The Piano tonight and Sunday, 4 & 6 June. He is presenting an evening opera programme of the bass genre’s most famous operatic characters and a daytime programme of works in English, including songs written specifically for Lemalu.
“It’s important to be able to give back … as someone who has miles and experience,” he says.
UC voice performance tutor Zara Ballara was delighted to hear from Lemalu, whom she performed with when they were students in a production of Robinson Crusoe.