On the way up: Brisbane pop-opera sextet belladiva performed for passersby in front of the Warwick Town Hall yesterday.
On the way up: Brisbane pop-opera sextet belladiva performed for passersby in front of the Warwick Town Hall yesterday.

Divine tour hits Warwick

THEY’RE sassy, they sing pop-opera and they want to be the next Ten Tenors or Il Divo.

Newly-formed Brisbane sextet belladiva – a group of Queensland Conservatorium-trained sopranos – performed at the Warwick Town Hall last night as part of The Goddess Divine Tour.

They are also performing at the Stanthorpe Civic Centre tonight.

Group musical director, founder and performer Alicia Cush yesterday caught up with the Daily News to talk about the tour and the two-year-old belladiva.

“We are pop-opera. We perform the much-loved operatic arias in a modern context, and by the same token we take pop songs and perform them in an operatic style,” Cush said.

She said the group wanted to have an international fan base, much like the Ten Tenors, and they were putting the steps in place to achieve that, starting with this tour through South-East Queensland and northern New South Wales and an album later this year.

“We’ve seen so many male groups performing this style and we thought why there are no female pop-opera groups?” she asked.



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