Russian opera singer Olga Shanina’s first concert at Southward’s Theatre will be a memorable evening for lovers of fine singing. The international star is brought to Kāpiti by Tricia and Stewart Macpherson of the Stetson Group. They heard her in a recital in Palmerston North recently and decided that Kāpiti deserved to hear this fabulous voice.
“We were blown away by her performance and when we offered the opportunity to visit Kāpiti she said she would be delighted to perform at Southwards,” says Stewart.
He says Olga will be accompanied on the grand piano by pianist Guy Donaldson who will also play some solos.
Olga will be introduced by Stewart Macpherson – Olga’s English is limited – though there will be songs you know sung in English in her varied repertoire of Opera arias, Operetta, Musical Theatre & Cinema.
Olga was born in Ulyanovsk in the family of a military pilot.
As a graduating student in the Rimsky- Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory she performed the role of Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata, and this was to become her signature role, having performed it over 100 times. She has also performed leading roles in Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus, and Carmen.
Olga has been invited to perform in Japan, Finland, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Tatarstan and China.
Where: SOUTHWARDS THEATRE, PARAPARAUMU
When: WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2021, 7PM