Friday, 10 July 2015

Celebrity Soft Spot Fiona Campbell

Remember the last time you heard Fiona Campbell sing and you stopped breathing because it was so exquisite (well that is what happens to me anyway)?  Fiona appears with WA Opera this month singing Cherubino in the Marriage of Figaro, and promises it will be a laugh-out-loud brilliant production. She also admits to a penchant for surfing and conducting. Read on for more on WA's much-loved mezzo.

What music gets your heart racing?
Piano and Violin Concerti…Beethoven’s 5th Piano and Brahms Violin are particularly exciting.

What calms you down?
 Chopin Nocturnes

Where do you call home?
I am fortunate enough to live in this beautiful city, Perth and commute to Sydney and other locations regularly.

You sang the role of the page boy Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro) in 2009 for West Australian Opera in an (almost) all-WA cast that included Sara Macliver and James Clayton. I remember you as being effete and endearing as Cherubino.  How do you remember the season?

With great affection. The Marriage of Figaro is one of my favourite operas, Sara and James are always brilliant to work with and made a delightful couple in this production back in 2009. I was nominated for a Helpmann Award for my portrayal of Cherubino, so it was happy days.

What can we expect from the July 2015 revival of The Marriage of Figaro, which opens on Tuesday 14th?

I can honestly say, hand on heart, that you can look forward to one of the best performances of Figaro you will ever see at His Majesty’s Theatre, or anywhere. It is a sensational cast, with beautiful ensemble singing and brilliant acting, a cast who are able to bring this masterpiece to life, with all of its intrigue, danger, poignancy and laugh out loud comedy moments.