What do you get when you combine young sopranos, sublime operatic harmonies and more than a bit of sass?
Belladiva’s sparkling voices create a luminous sound that has lured audiences all over Australia. Over the past five years, Belladiva has performed live to more than 75,000 people nationwide as part of festival, large-scale concerts, community and charity celebrations, corporate functions and private events. Whatever the occasion, Belladiva presents a chic performance of captivating music from ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ through to opera’s famous ‘Flower Duet’.
The divas are sure to impress with their alluring beauty, commitment to world-class entertainment and high standard of professionalism. This is opera as you’ve never heard or seen before. The siren song of Australia’s most glamourous pop-opera group charms and captivates with its unique sound. Belladiva’s virtuosic vocal feats and striking musical arrangements cover not only operatic arias, but pop-opera hits, contemporary classics and music theatre favourites. This quartet of sopranos propels the art of classical singing into the 21st century with modern style and sophistication.
Early in 2008, a group of sopranos met in opera class and decided to bust through the walls of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music to form an operatic group with a difference.
Following the success of groups like The Ten Tenors and inspired by a trip to Paris during the Fete de la Musique, opera singer Alicia Cush decided that she couldn’t let the boys have all the fun! Upon hearing that the festival was heading to Brisbane, Alicia realised that it was the perfect opportunity to get together with Brisbane’s best up-and-coming young sopranos, form the glamourous Belladiva and take sublime operatic music to the masses. Belladiva debuted at the Fete de la Musique on June 21, 2008.
The girls have gone from strength to strength in the past four years, performing live to more than 85,000 people nationwide, including appearances at Channel 9’s Carols in the City, the Queensland Pops Orchestra New Year’s Eve Spectacular, Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, The Noosa Long Weekend, The Woodford Folk Festival, the Starlight Foundation 5 Chefs Dinner and The 20th Man Fund Gala.
The divas are vibrant and compelling solo performers in their own right, backed by years of national experience, including performances with Opera Queensland, OzOpera, Oscar Theatre Company, The National Youth Choir of Australia and
The Southern Cross Soloists 2. Combined, they have a special dynamic and energy that can only be found amongst a group of friends who love performing together and share the same passion for pop-opera music.
In 2010, Belladiva embarked on a recording project of their favourite songs from the worlds of pop, opera and classical music. Their debut EP ‘Secret Chord’ features their own unique crossover arrangements of classics such as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Sting’s ‘Fields of Gold’.
Last year brought a brand new challenge to the group with the exciting Aria moderna project. As part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival, Belladiva joined forces with some of Brisbane’s finest electronic producers to create electro-opera music, taking the traditional concept and design of some of opera’s most beautiful melodies and deconstructing them through contemporary eyes and ears.
“I saw Belladiva perform at the Babes in Business Annual Lunch, and they were absolutely amazing! Who would have thought you could silence 300 women, but the Belladiva girls proved this is possible! They were so entertaining, moving and uplifting – we were all mesmorised by their incredible voices. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance, and would hire them for my own event any day!”
Kristy Jones – Project Officer, Marketing & Communication: Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, QUT