Pictured above (L-R): Fiona Campbell and Sara Macliver
WA’s beloved divas, Soprano Sara Macliver and Mezzo Fiona Campbell, are excited about performing a concert of contrasts in St George’s Cathedral on 3 August.
The duo will sing Pergolesi’s highly emotive Stabat Mater in the first half, and then change costumes for an upbeat cabaret show in the second. The singers promise that the Pergolesi will leave the audience with a lasting emotional experience, while the cabaret show will have them dancing down the aisles - a rollercoaster ride of musical versatility!
Fiona and Sara say they feel privileged to be performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, a moving expression of Mary’s deeply painful grief during the crucifixion of her son. Sara hails it as an “exquisite piece of music”, and Fiona as “simply divine, glorious vocal writing at its best”.
In complete contrast, they are looking forward to performing cabaret, a style rarely associated with the divas. Fiona describes cabaret as her “guilty pleasure and secret love! We love making people cry with sad songs, but we also really love making people laugh. Sara and I have created a fun and fantastic selection.”
Their selection includes popular, powerful and comedic numbers, such as ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’, Edith Piaf’s ‘Non, je ne regrette rien’, and the hilarious ‘Anything You Can Do’. “Of course, the soprano diva will come out on top in ‘Anything You Can Do’,” says Sara. “You’d expect that, wouldn’t you?!”
Cathedral Master of Music Dr Joseph Nolan will accompany the singers, and play two solo pieces - a rare treat from this world-renowned organist. He is very excited about welcoming the divas to the Cathedral again: “Sara and Fiona draw the crowds simply because of their reputation for years of excellence, their natural connection as a duet - and they are really nice people!”
Sara, Fiona and Joseph are great friends who express enormous respect for one another’s musicianship, creating a connection that enhances their performances together.
Fiona says she is always excited at any chance she gets to sing with Sara and Joseph: “They are two of the best musicians in the country and terrific people. We always have fun rehearsing together and in concert. The audience can feel that friendship, and love the apparent ease of communication and musicianship on stage.”
Diva’s Delight Again! is presented by St George’s Cathedral in response to overwhelming demand after their 2016 sellout concert.
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