The Karaka Collective is a new ensemble of old friends: pianist and music director Lindy Tennent-Brown, mezzo-soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson and baritone James Harrison.
Lindy, Wendy and James have collaborated on numerous projects since the 1990s. Much of this work has been in Europe, where all three musicians have built glittering international careers. They are thrilled to be working together again as the Karaka Collective and bring a rich and varied programme to this year’s Regional Series.
Songs and Duets of Love and (In)fidelity draws on the greatest music from across a wide range of genres, all reflecting on the themes of love discovered, understood, toyed with, relished, released and, occasionally, discarded. The programme contains two operatic duets—a funny, teasing scene between Sid and Nancy from Britten’s Albert Herring, and a gripping marital dispute between the Duke and Duchess of Nottingham in Roberto Devereux by Donizetti—and concludes with a pair of lovers reuniting after attempting to live apart in ‘I’d give it all for you’ from Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World (1995). There’s something to suit every taste, performed in a variety of languages, and introduced by the performers.
The Karaka Collective are performing for Tauranga Musica on Tuesday, March 31, from 7pm at St Peters Church, 15 Victoria Road Mount Maunganui.
Tickets available from Tauranga Musica or at the door. Eftpos available.