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Opera star returns home for stage show

Renowned New Zealand soloist Olivia Sheat. Photo: Supplied.

A New Zealand renowned soloist who grew up nurturing her talent on the Marlborough stage is returning to the region for a special concert.

Olivia Sheat, 24, from Blenheim first took to the stage as a child.

The talented professional is set to return to perform with the Marlborough Civic Orchestra as they perform Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens.

It will be a welcome return for the classically trained opera singer, who says she particularly enjoys coming home to perform.

“Every time I come home it’s very heart-warming to get the kind of feedback that I do.

“You don’t get that as a professional as much and there’s so much more warmth from an audience that watched me grow up,” she says.

Olivia completed a Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Performance (Voice) at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music with First Class Honours in 2016.

In 2017, she was named as a Dame Malvina Major Scholar and made her New Zealand Opera debut as a chorus member and cover for the role of ‘Peep-bo’ in the touring production of The Mikado.

Since then, she has performed regularly as a member of the New Zealand Opera chorus.

Lead roles with Wellington’s Eternity Opera, as well as solo concert performances across New Zealand followed keeping Olivia to a tight schedule.

Performing in front of family friends in Blenheim always makes her home-town performances “extra special”, she says.

“My family come along every time I’m in Blenheim and in a lot of ways it’s extra special to come home and see the people I grew up with who have given me so much support along the way,” she says.

The Marlborough Civic Orchestra will also perform with pianists Barbara Song and Kimberly Jones.

Composer Kodi Rasmussen will also debut his latest work Allegro Cavallo Nero.

The family-friendly concert, conducted by Elgee Leung, will be held on 22 June from 7-9pm at the ASB Theatre.

Tickets are available from the theatre or through Ticketek.

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