Pot-Pourri (group)

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Singers from Pot-Pourri

Pot-Pourri is an Australian opera/musical theatre group who perform a blend of opera, music theatre, cabaret, magic, didgeridoo and comedy both within Australia and internationally. The artists have all performed with Australia's major musical and opera companies.

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Former[edit]

  • Dominique Oyston – (soprano)
  • Craig MacDonald – (tenor)
  • Rosa Scaffidi – (pianist)
  • Adam Przewlocki – (pianist)
  • Antoinette Halloran – (soprano)

History[edit]

Pot-Pourri began its life at a smoky jazz nightclub Madegans, in Brunswick, Melbourne in 1987[1] and has since toured overseas on more than 40 occasions and released six CDs. The group began with the aim of making opera and musical theatre accessible to a wider audience.[2]

Performances include sell-out concerts at the Melbourne Concert Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Burswood Theatre, The Plush Room San Francisco, Hong Kong Jockey Club and the Port Fairy Folk Festival.[3] The group has toured throughout many parts of USA, Europe, New Zealand and Asia performing as guest artists with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, touring major concert halls in Taiwan. They were the only Australian production to be invited to perform at the 2002 International Music Theatre Festival in Korea.[4] Pot-Pourri have performed a season at The Summit Theatre in Japan and were the first Australian artists invited to play at the Macau Cultural Centre, as well as performances in Penang and Hong Kong.

The Warbles[edit]

The five classically trained performers also become The Warbles for children's charity The Song Room.[5] The performers take on the personae of Sylvie Soprano, Miffy Mezzo, Terry Tenor, Barry Baritone and Priscilla Pianist, teaching children about opera and classical music.[6]

Reviews[edit]

  • "The four very talented Pot-Pourri singers … showed both their singing prowess and confidence as performers."[7]The Dominion Post
  • "The group really is a must-see. If you're not a classical buff, this show is your way into the genre in a humorous and very entertaining way."[8]The Press, Christchurch
  • "(Pot-Pourri) have extended the public’s perceptions of opera and music theatre and have developed new audiences on a national and international scale for the performing arts in general"[9]Yarrawonga Chronicle

Discography[edit]

  • 1995: Rhythm of Life
  • 1997: Something Familiar!, Something Peculiar!
  • 1999: This is the Moment
  • 2001: Friends for Life
  • 2003: Chanson d'Amour
  • 2006: Nella Fantasia

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cardy, T. “The sweet smell of success”, The Dominion Post, 2 August 2003
  2. ^ Fitzpatrick, C. “Spreading the word”, The West Magazine, 22 May 1999
  3. ^ Cardy, T. “The sweet smell of success”, The Dominion Post, 2 August 2003
  4. ^ Bryan, M. “Impeccable timing in Pot-Pourri”, Wanganui Chronicle, 28 July 2003
  5. ^ Vincent, J. “Pot-Pourri with a taste of spice”, Kendell Connection, Autumn 2000
  6. ^ Kelly, A. “The tantrum of the opera”, The Melbourne Weekly, 17 – 23 March 1998
  7. ^ Coleman, E. "Talented singers turn on a night", The Dominion Post, 5 August 2003
  8. ^ Shepherd, P. "Pot-Pourri not to be missed", The Press, Christchurch, 21 July 2003
  9. ^ “Musical treat under the stars”, Yarrawonga Chronicle, 31 January 2001

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