This year's stars of the Rotary West Opera in the Gardens are The 7 Sopranos.
The 7 Sopranos were conceived in 2009 following an invitation to acclaimed opera singer Tarita Botsman to perform at a prestigious outdoor event at the iconic Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Utilising her operatic pedigree and industry connections developed from her career on the operatic stage, Botsman called upon fellow singers to form a group that combined the voices of seven opera singers and their journey began.
The world class voices of the newly formed 7 Sopranos combined with such a unique backdrop had a huge impact and became an instant hit, quickly followed by further worldwide appearances and a recording contract with ABC Music (a subsidiary of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) which debuted at No 2 on the Aria Charts.
What’s most striking about The 7 Sopranos, is their commanding stage presence and vocal prowess. With their refined vocal skills this operatic ensemble made up of seven talented women on stage makes show-stopping headlines wherever they go. They convert the inconvertible to the power and versatility of classically trained performers with their huge breadth of work covering everything from show tunes to musical theatre to contemporary songs. Their irresistible style, personas and unique sound appeal to music lovers everywhere.
Named as “Australia’s most beautiful voices,” the artists that form the ensemble are the kind of role models young girls should have: an ensemble of talented, strong and passionate women doing what they love, on their own terms.
The individual singing pedigree of each of the artists who make up The 7 Sopranos is impressive and world class: performers who are all graduates of Australia’s finest conservatories, winners of Australia’s most prestigious singing competitions and solo artists from major opera companies and orchestras internationally. Each artist has trained for at least, yep, you guessed it, seven years. Individually they are all impressive… collectively they form an outstanding world class ensemble.
The 7 Sopranos are real women with real voices, voices that do not need to rely on microphones and amplification. They are just as comfortable in a 5,000-seat arena as they are in an acoustic setting for 50. That is their calling card – incredible versatility and vocal quality of rare distinction.
From Dubai to Dubbo, The 7 Sopranos have clocked up hundreds of appearances across the globe. Reaching out to a new audience of music lovers, they successfully straddle the divide between opera and mainstream music, creating their own unique fusion of faithful classical traditions and techniques meshed with contemporary music, enchanting new and enthusiastic audiences across the globe. They continue their touring success across Australia and internationally: an accessible, affordable, living and breathing versatile all-female ensemble of breath-taking music makers.