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Irish soprano ‘Evelyne Bourton’ returns to Italy

10th February 2014

Irish soprano ‘Evelyne Bourton’ returns to Italy

Evelyne, a Taupiri based Irish native, is known for her vibrant and bubbly personality and has a deep love of music and theatre.

Invited to perform again in Italy, Evelyne Bourton has a fundraiser and farewell performance onFebruary 28th at Gallagher Concert Chamber, The University Of Waikato. Accompanied byRosemary Barnes, Andrew Leathwick (Piano), Sarah Walker (Cello) and guests, March 2014 will see this gifted soprano return to Italy to perform, study, and work on international collaborations and tours.

The concert on the 28th of February is to raise funds to continue her journey and will see her put her skills to the test with accompanist Rosemary Barnes. The line up of guest artist and performers are impressive with Andrew Leathwick on solo piano (a current ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Scholar’), Sarah Walker nee McDowall on Cello (Masters at the Royal College in London) and interval entertainment from the Martini’s a jazzy musical ensemble, not to mention a vibrant Circus Performance.

"We remember with great pleasure the concert performed in Taormina and success it has had" Il Presidente Teresa Salvato form the Associazione Musicale Almoetia Citta Di Toarmina. President of The Association of Music Taormina

At the age of 12 and not long in New Zealand, it was becoming apparent to family, friends and schoolteachers that Evelyne had a real talent for singing. She began lessons with Audrey Paterson, a local singing teacher and quickly took part in competitions, shows and school performances with much success. Evelyne later moved on to tertiary studies even though she has long struggled with dyslexia. She gained a first class honors degree in music and post-graduate dip in linguistics and was also a recipient of the ‘Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship’.

Having started her own NZ based Opera Company “Opera Unleashed”, Evelyne created a premier production of the Mozart opera ‘La Finta Giardinera’ in English. Whilst Evelyne was teaching at the ’Major n Minors’ school in Pukekohe, they put together a recording and sent it to Italy which gained her a place in the 2011 ‘Scuola Italia’ - Belcanto course. Under the guise of her new teacher, William Matteuzzi in a Master Class, she has enriched her skills and connections in the Italian music scene.

Originally mystified as to where her deep love of Opera came from, Evelyne reconnected with her extended Irish family and found there is a long line to the arts with singers, composers, painters & actors in her family. Following the loss of her father to cancer, Evelyne returned home to Ireland. Her reconnection with her homeland has also awakened a passion for Celtic music and this year will see her making exciting developments in this area also.

Farewell and Fundraiser show:

Venue: Gallagher Concert Chamber - The University Of Waikato.
Date: Friday 28 February 2014 @ 7pm.
Tickets: Waged: $30 Unwaged: $18 Student: $16
Limited number of VIP/Sponsor Tickets at $50 - Includes after function.
For VIP tickets: Please contact Evelyne at:
Or call 027 673 7285
For all other tickets please go to:
0800 ticketek (842 538). Tickets also available in person at The Academy and Ticketek outlets (booking fees may apply)


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