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FRINGE 18: 5 mins with Emma Sloman

Returning to Auckland Fringe for the first time since their award-winning 2011 show, Opera Factory presents ‘Opera Bites’ – a selection of operatic scenes to feed your soul.  This show will offer a unique opportunity to enjoy a variety of snips including Mozart comedies, Menotti’s dramatic ‘The Consul’, Nicolai’s ‘Merry Wives of Windsor’, Strvinsky’s ‘The Rake’s Progress’ and Rossini’s ‘Barber of Seville’.

Opera Bites’ offers a unique opportunity for everyone to get a slice of opera. We chat to singer Emma Sloman.

Is this your first Auckland Fringe?
This is not our first Fringe Festival, actually! We were involved in 2011 and won the Best Production in the Music category award for performing the dark and gloomy Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten.

How different is an Auckland audience to other audiences?
Opera Factory has always been Auckland based so we know that audiences here are really great at supporting new theatre or performing arts groups and in particular for us, young singers. There is a thriving performing arts scene in Auckland and not just the professional groups -there are a huge amount of independents, amateur music theatre groups and pro-am groups like Opera Factory who all have a fabulous audience base and followers. We feature and provide performance opportunities to a variety of young singers, post-grad singers, professional freelancers so it’s a great to have audience who like to follow the development of young artists.

Describe your show in three words or less…
A vocal feast

Fringe Festivals are known for the weird, wacky, and utterly wonderful – what’s the most bizzare thing you’ve come across during your Fringe history?
Well we did the show about ghosts so that was a pretty unique and weird story – but amazing!. Opera Factory has a regular programme of other shows, concerts throughout each year, but we don’t always go into the Fringe. As we are a boutique opera group, our shows tend to be a bit odd or interesting and unique – for example, our youth opera show several years ago was called Help Help the Globolinks – a story about school children in a broken down bus, who are set upon by aliens making electronic music and the children have to call upon their class mates who play orchestral and band instruments to fight them off! For Opera Bites – we are featuring a huge variety of opera and lighter theatre moments which will keep the audiences fascinated about the breadth of opera – its not just 3hr Wagner and high brown tragedy.

What are your top 3 picks for Auckland Fringe?
Opera Bites of course, Amalia Hall Plays Ysaye (Amalia is the most amazing young violinist and this will be an incredible performance) and Pan is Dead looks really interesting.

Where will we find you during the festival?
We are performing at the Raye Freedman Theatre in Epsom – better parking and we are only doing two shows 4pm and 8pm on Saturday 24 February

What would we find if we raided your fridge?
Pineapple which is good for the voice, Opera Cake which we are serving during interval at the show and probably a nice bottle of wine perfect to follow rehearsals or show days.

Tell us about your spirit animal?
Would have to be some sort of bird since I’m a singer – perhaps a tui or bellbird

Word Association:
Fringe – The Edge
Fridge – Chilly
Auckland – Too humid
Festival – Fun
Lights – Bright
Chocolate – Dark
Winter – Drab
Theatre – Life

Emma Sloman performs in Opera Bites at Raye Freedman Arts Centre Sat 24 February as part of Auckland Fringe Festival. Buy tickets here.

heard | Experience Newmarket this weekend!

If you’ve been in or around Newmarket (Auckland) recently you’ll know that the Newmarket Festival is on this weekend, and kicks off on Friday.  The festival weekend will be an impressive showcase of Art, Culture, Fashion and Food.

There are 50 events to choose from so be sure to make a day (or a weekend) of it.

Here are some our top picks:


Head down to Sitka and get involved with ‘TOMS Style Your Sole’!  Friday night will see the weekend launched with an in store party, live art and a meet and greet with some of the weekend’s ‘Sole’ artists.  You can style your very own pair of TOMS shoes on Saturday and Sunday.


6 contemporary artists collaborate with 6 of the hottest fashion stores on Osborne and Teed Street, to create a ‘Champagne Art Trail’.  Starting at Andrew Moore and finishing at Tigerlilly, you’ll be exposed to some of our best artists including Dick Frizzel, Gretchen Albrecht, and Anna Hanson.


Get an exclusive table in the sun and watch some of the Opera Factory’s very best with ‘High Tea and Opera’ with Teed Street Larder.  Who said afternoon tea was all-soggy scones and stale sandwiches?


Meet WORLD Designers Denise L’Estrange-Corbet and Francis Hooper and enjoy a glass of wine with the minds behind NZ’s only Avante Garde fashion label.


Be enchanged by the flavours of Spain at Tasca Café on Nuffield Street.  Drink in the evocative sounds of a live Flaminco Guitarist whilst you indulge in traditional Montado Tapas.  The Spanish sounds and flavours continue on the street with Flamenco dancers and Spanish Paella.  Ariba!


Take an artistic journey around the Newmarket you never knew.  Your own tour guide will talk you through the background of the four public sculptures, then accompany you to see more works at Fox/Jensen, Tim Melville, Seed Gallery and Railway studios.  Bookings are essential for this one.


Ever wanted to learn how to make the perfect Mojito for you and your guests?  How about a Passionfruit and Grapefruit Caprioska?  Join professional mixoligists at Sugar Bar as they teach you how to do just that.

For more details and how you can get tickets, check out www.newmarket.co.nz or on the day you can get tickets from the ticket booth outside Nespresso.


Inaugural Launch of Saya Photography

Over the weekend Tommie and I were invited to attend the inaugural launch of Saya Photography which was held at the KAM Model Agency space in Mt. Eden.

I must confess we arrived fashionably late and missed the fashion show! We did however manage to mingle and meet with some beautiful people and Tommie captured a few of those moments.

The fashion show which we missed, was styled by Sammy Salsa, curated by Patric Seng and featured models from KAM Models Agency! They were accompanied by live music from pianist Rose Cheng, violinist Kirsten McCrae and opera singer Anthony Schneider. The wonderful people at Egoist provided summer threads for the boys and the girls wore LEX.

I spotted a new pair of Egoist kicks which I haven’t seen before and is coming out with their Spring/Summer 2012/13 collection which we have posted about.

We loved the rabbit fur jacket and sheep and fox fur jacket from LEX. Definitely kept the models warm and it was so hard to stop touching the soft fur! I think I want my own sheep and fox fur jacket!

By the way I have never met such friendly models before! At the end of the fashion show the models walked around talking with invited guests introducing themselves! It was wonderful!

Pictures by Tommie
Words by Dru