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Tom Jones about to hit town
By EMMA BEER
Turning heads: Rose Blake, playing Sophia, and Jonathan Abernethy, playing Tom Jones, are excited about their
upcoming opera roles.
If you re waiting for the fat lady to
sing, you could be waiting a while.
Two of Wellington s young
opera singers will be performing
Tom Jones next week and hope to
change people s perceptions about
I think there s huge
stereotypes around [being an
opera singer], said soprano
singer Rose Blake, who plays the
lead of Sophia.
When I tell people, they re like
What? But you re a tiny, young
person. You should be huge and
wobbling around .
Blake said she enjoyed seeing
the reactions of people who had
never seen opera.
Opera s not just people stand-
ing there warbling.
There s real stories, real
characters. Opera s got a gritty
story just like a play, but it s got
this amazing musical soundtrack
to back it up.
Jonathan Abernethy, 23, who
plays the other lead, Tom Jones,
said people expected him to be a
jock, not a singer.
People will meet me and they
automatically assume I m a rugby
player. I m like, Actually, I m an
opera singer . It s total shock
really, they don t expect it.
Abernethy was a boy soprano
during his Wellington College
years and sung on the side while
studying for his commerce degree.
About my third lesson [of
opera, after school] my teacher
was trying to get me to sing prop-
erly. I said, So basically, what I
feel like you re trying to tell me is
to sing like an opera singer . So I
did and she wondered where [my
voice] had come from.
It s kind of like putting on a
cartoon voice. I switch off Jono
and just transform into whatever,
then just kind of run with it.
Being a tenor, the highest male
voice, Abernethy said he did not
often get to play darker roles.
You re more the heroic totally-
there guy. But I think I d be the
best dark bastard on the planet.
You could just be, Sweet, what
am I angry about about? and sing
with that in mind.
I find playing or singing love
Blake, 23, agreed, saying that
singing with emotion was a talent.
To depict the emotion of love
accurately [can be hard]. Some-
times for me I like to find events
or moments that ve happened in
Blake, who completed a four-
year degree in music at the New
Zealand School of Music, said she
had been singing since she could
Ever since I was young, I
always wanted to sing.
It s such a cheesy story, but I
was just in love with it -- and, this
is embarrassing to admit, but The
Sound of Music kind of inspired
me when I was like five.
When I hear the music, some-
thing happens. There s a particu-
lar aria... when the chords start
the music is so emotional that
when I sing it, when I m in the
zone, that s exactly how I feel,
completely lost, kind of unhinged,
in the music.
Tom Jones, which is being put
on by Wellington Boutique Opera,
is based on the novel by Henry
The opera had been recreated
and was more racy than pre-
vious adaptations, the singers
It s quite light and fun, a bit of
a musical farce really.
By the end of it you ll be hum-
ming all the tunes. It s a really
accessible opera, Blake said.
Abernethy said he was excited
about playing a lead role.
His friends would be coming to
see him, though they might be
expecting something different.
This opera s got a great title. I
can just tell my mates I m Tom
Jones and they [start singing] It s
not unusual . . . . I say, That s
I haven t bothered sort of
reselling it as something else.
They just assume, and well,
that s not false advertising.
This will be Blake s second time
playing a lead character.
She played Semele in the opera
of the same name at university.
When you do a whole role,
there s just something so exciting
about it. I really love finding a
character and just entering that
world, losing yourself in it.
Tom Jones, Wellington High
School, October 14 and 15. Book
tickets at boutiqueopera.co.nz.
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