The weekend chosen for the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians gathering at Tutukaka, Northland, was predicated around the annual Opera in the Garden concert by Opera North.
Established by Joan and Richard Kennaway, the company was formed to showcase the talents of Northland singers, giving them an audience for opera, classical and musical theatre. It is a testimony to the standard of Opera North that twelve former Opera North singers are studying music at universities around New Zealand and one is at Guildhall College in London.
The first part of the programme featured familiar opera music, including the Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen, Brindisi from Verdi’s La Traviata, and the Papagena Duet from Mozart’s The Magic Flute.
The second part of the programme featured music from the shows – Kiss Me Kate, Mary Poppins, The Merry Widow, Gigi, Les Miserables, Oliver, Guys and Dolls and Fiddler on the Roof (which, for me, will forever go by the name given to the show by my hard-of-hearing father – Tiddly on the Roof).