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Alcina – 1996  

In 1996, I performed as one of the Ensemble Chorus of four for Handel’s Alcina, a co-production between West Australian Opera and Perth International Arts Festival, staged at the Octagon Theatre.  The Cast were all Western Australian and the costumes were designed by WA’s own, Aurelio Costarella.  The stunning Lisa Harper-Brown sang the title role and, one night, when waiting backstage to go on (dressed in her transparent negligee – a couture costume first for WAO I think!), Lisa applied some hairspray to her hair…it was only when she came off stage that Lisa realised she had picked up a can of spray adhesive…needless to say her hair was well and truly in place!  The poster for Alcina was particularly striking…it was of Lisa Harper-Brown in full body paint pictured with one of the Cheetahs at Perth Zoo…the photo shoot was done about 4:00am one morning as that is when the Cheetahs are most relaxed.  Who says you don’t need to be brave to be an opera singer?!

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