What a truly magical evening of musical theatre, opera, unique music and gourmet food in a corrugated iron shed seemingly in the middle of nowhere! While the weather outside was a little frightful, it was absolutely delightful under the glass chandeliers and fairy lights. Large heaters warmed us as we enjoyed an intimate setting with three versatile musicians. They opened and closed with Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and, yes, my eyes were moist by the end.
The musical selections were generous and personal. The first half was a mix of music theatre, pop, jazz and smoothly unexpected choices at times. The second half was almost completely popular opera and it seemed to build to a thrilling end.
Anita De Lisen, Michael James and Shane Edwards have such unique voices. Individually and together, they created some really interesting colours!
When Michael and Anita sang together it struck me at one stage that they could have sung some beautiful folk songs, either unaccompanied or while they played their intriguing range of instruments!
Anita singing while playing dulcimer is a must see. Her range is remarkable – both her vocal range but also the range of colours she could create.
I loved the depth in Shane’s voice – such a warm full sound.
Michael’s voice was something else – a unique sound that had me scratching my head initially, trying to understand it. When Michael sang comfortably within his range I was transfixed! I’d have loved to see him sing more songs that appreciated his beautiful baritone voice.
I’d happily go to another performance such as this. It was so intimate that it felt personal. I’ve already lined up mum to come next time.