Showing posts with label Emma Fraser. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Emma Fraser. Show all posts

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Moving rendition of Handel masterpiece

Handel's Messiah

8 December 2015
Dunedin Town Hall

A sizeable audience at the Dunedin Town Hall attended the 2015 City Choir Dunedin performance of Handel's beloved Messiah, directed by David Burchell and accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia.

The work began gracefully in its overture, followed by the lilting "Comfort Ye" sung by tenor David Hamilton. The ensuing opening choruses were sung with bravado and confidence, although occasionally stuttering in rhythmic precision.

The subsequent arias, bold and evocative by bass Martin Snell, declamatory and impassioned by mezzo Wendy Dawn Thompson, heralded the incarnation texts admirably. Brooding majesty was conveyed in Snell's rendition of "For Behold", while the chorus "For Unto Us", sung thereafter, exhibited choral electricity and fervour. Soprano Emma Fraser's introduction to this performance brimmed with radiancy, preparing the audience for the denouement to an engaging Part One.

Part Two, focusing on Christ's self-examination, persecution and exaltation, began in restrained and sobering fashion; the mezzo aria "He Was Despised", while emotive, could have been sung with more powerful delivery.

The ensuing choruses, in particular "All We Like Sheep", were performed with panache, and with a particularly crisp sense of articulation noticeable in the soprano line.

The subsequent tenor solos, parted by the invigorating "He Trusted in God", were moments of real magnificence. Thereafter, the transformation from crucifixion to resurrection, conveyed by Emma Fraser, heralded bright and well-structured singing of the "Ascensiontide" and "Pentecost" choruses. Following Hamilton's ire-laden dashing of the potter's vessel, the famous "Hallelujah" evoked the fulfillment of God's triumph in its text.

Part Three began with Fraser's ornate, occasionally insecure, singing of "I Know That My Redeemer Liveth". The following "Since By Man Came Death" successfully rendered the great contrasts within its text, while Snell's telling of the great mystery and sounding of the trumpets supplied thoroughly invigorating drama.

The closing choruses of Messiah were performed with steady pomp, building in regal intensity, and concluding with a bright and resolute "Amen". Crisply accompanied by the Southern Sinfonia, Burchell's direction of the performance fashioned an emotive, elegant and well-crafted concert.

Reviewed for the Otago Daily Times by George Chittenden, 10 December 2015.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Summer Recital

Emma Fraser.Dunedin-based soprano singer Emma Fraser and pianist Kirsten Simpson are scheduled to perform in Dunedin at the end of this month.

The classically-trained duo will perform at Dunedin's Knox Church on Thursday January 29th at 7:00 pm.

Christchurch-based Simpson will provide accompaniment to Fraser's operatic performance of favourite arias and songs by Handel, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss and Gershwin. Classical music lovers can also expect the soprano and pianist to perform material from virtuosos such as Puccini, among others.

Tickets to the concert are priced at NZ$20 for adults, while students and senior citizens can benefit from NZ$15 concessionary admittance.

Fraser and Simpson have both recently returned to New Zealand following a series of successful concert performances in London.

Fraser is an accomplished soprano vocalist and has performed with a number of prestigious companies around the world including the Australian Opera Studio and the Southern Sinfonia.

She graduated with a bachelor of music degree from the University of Otago in 2000 and with a post graduate qualification from the same institution in 2002.

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Emma Fraser

Emma Fraser

Biography for Emma Fraser, Soprano

Emma Fraser completed a Bachelor and Post-Graduate Diploma in Music and a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at the University of Otago. In 2005 she took up a two-year Emerging Performer Scholarship with the Australian Opera Studio in Perth, graduating with Honours. After relocating to London in 2007, Emma attended a two-week opera school in Tuscany and performed in festivals in Italy, France and the UK.

Her operatic repertoire includes title roles in Manon (Massenet) and Rodelinda (Handel); Sandrina, La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart); Gilda, Rigoletto (Verdi); Despina, Così fan tutte (Mozart); Zerbinetta, Ariadne auf Naxos (R. Strauss); Olympia, Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach); Pamina, Die Zauberflöte (Mozart) Frasquita, Carmen (Bizet) and Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart).

Emma was winner of the North Shore Becroft Aria Contest (2004), the Otago Daily Times Aria Contest (2003), the Christchurch Dame Malvina Major Aria Contest (2003) and runner-up in the Wellington Aria Contest (2003). She was a semi-finalist in the Mobil Song Quest (2002), finalist in The Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship (2003) and in 2007, achieved third place in New Zealand’s most internationally recognised singing competition, the Lexus Song Quest.

Other performances include soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah (City of Dunedin Choir), and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (West Australian Ballet) and soprano soloist in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Vector Wellington Orchestra). In 2011, Emma was named an NBR New Zealand Opera 2011/2012 PwC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist.