ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION
DARYN EDMUNDSON – Violetta
A resident of Hawke’s Bay, Daryn is a music graduate of Canterbury University. In 1986 she won the Evening Post Aria competition and was placed first equal in the Waikato Times Aria.
She has sung Violetta in “La Traviata” before with the Wellington City Opera in 1987 and her other major roles have included “Patience” and the “Bartered Bride” here in Hawke’s Bay. Currently studying with Emily Mair in Wellington Daryn is an oratorio soloist and has sung in numerous recitals and concerts. Already this year she has understudied Malvina Major in the production of “II Seraglio” at the International Festival of Arts in Wellington, and will be understudying the lead role in “Lucia Di Lammermoor” for the Wellington City Opera, in October.
ANTHONY BENFELL OBE – Alfredo Germont
Awarded an OBE in the last New Years Honours for services to music.
Tenor Anthony Benfell performs in concerts, operas and for television both in New Zealand and in Australia. He appeared recently as the Duke in Rigoletto with the Victorian State Opera. He has performed with the Canberra Opera in “Martha”, with the Queensland Opera in “Martha” and “Lucia Di Lammermoor”, and with the National Opera Company of New Zealand in “The Marriage of Figaro” and “La Boheme”. He has sung at the Sydney Opera House in Verdi’s “Requiem”. He played Don Jose’ in “Carmen” at the Mercury Theatre in 1985, and Alfredo in “La Traviata” last year.
He appears in TVNZ in shows such as “Louise and Friends” and “My Kind of Music”. He has several successful LP records released in New Zealand.
ROGER WILSON – Georges Germont
Baritone Roger Wilson has featured in numerous operas and most of the Wellington City Opera productions to date including “La Traviata” and “Rigoletto”. Having studied and sung professionally in Germany, France and Switzerland, he returned to New Zealand in 1975. Roger has a specialised interest in lieder and frequently gives recitals, and records for Radio New Zealand. He regularly performs in oratorio in Wellington and throughout the country and appears with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra from time to time.
RICHARD CAMPION – Director
Richard Campion was born in Wellington and educated at Victoria University and Wellington Teachers College. He was at the Old Vic Theatre School in London where he first went to opera at Covent Garden. Back in New Zealand, he was directing plays for the New Zealand Players when he was asked to direct the first three-act opera for the New Zealand Opera Company “The Consul” by Menotti. Next came “Die Fledermaus” by Offenbach and that was followed later by “Carmen” in which he directed Kiri Te Kanawa. In 1987 Richard directed the Wellington City Opera production of “La Traviata”.
BRUCE GREENFIELD – Musical Director
Bruce Greenfield is currently Course Director of the Wellington Polytechnic Executant Music Course. A Leading New Zealand Accompanist, he has performed extensively for the Music Federation, toured New Zealand, China and Australia and as a National Recording Artist for Radio New Zealand has broadcast as both soloist and accompanist. He was Musical Director of the Royal N.Z. Ballet Company, Downstage and Circa Theatres and TVNZ. He was Founder Director of the New Opera Quartet and Quintet and Chief Repetiteur for the New Zealand Opera Company, and Chorus Master for Wellington City Opera. He is much in demand as a Teacher and Adjudicator at National Competitions.
LEIGH JONES – Choreographer