SONGBIRDS: Talented mother and daughter singers, Cherie Landamore-Harper and Nicolette Harper are auditioning for Project Puccini.
SONGBIRDS: Talented mother and daughter singers, Cherie Landamore-Harper and Nicolette Harper are auditioning for Project Puccini. Robyne Cuerel

Puccini's opera is coming to the Brolga Theatre

THE opera is coming to town and a Maryborough mother and daughter hope to be selected to sing alongside the stars.

Last night Cherie Landamore-Harper and Nicolette Harper took to the stage and auditioned for Project Puccini at the Brolga Theatre.

"I was a professional singer in Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast for 25-years," Cherie said.

The songbird has also starred in local musical productions and the local eisteddfod.

"My mother was an opera singer but I've never actually gone into that myself ... to see if I can stretch my wings into that area," she said.

"It's something singers in Maryborough have never had the chance to do."

Cherie, who auditioned with the John Lennon classic Imagine, has passed her love of music to her daughter Nicolette.

Last night Nicolette sung the Les Misérables favourite I Dreamed a Dream to the judges.

Like mum, she has sung in local productions and hopes to have a musical career.

"I think that the opera project is just a great opportunity," Nicolette, who is studying contemporary voice at university, said.

"I think it'll be a great experience for me because I want to get into the performance industry."

Project Puccini is a Opera Queensland initiative which gives 48 people from each participating region the opportunity to perform in a brand new production of La boheme. Successful applicants from the Fraser Coast will take part in a 10-week development program before performing at the Brolga Theatre on August 20.



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