advocate newspaper 23/10/2006
Monday October 23rd
Role in Rigoletto despite one-point
loss in show
By KELLIE WHITE
TASMANIAN-born soprano Emily Burke missed out on winning
Operatunity Oz yesterday by one point, but in a surprise twist was
asked to join the winner in Opera Australia's production of Rigoletto.
The ABC TV show's judges were so impressed with the
now Melbourne-based singer they decided to give her the opportunity
to sing in the production anyway.
"I don't know what the budget was but I know
it wouldn't have included three winners," she said of winner
David Parkin and most improved Roy Best, also now in Rigoletto.
"There was a lot of heart in their decision.
"I had no expectations, I was just so thrilled
to be there."
Taping of Rigoletto will be done at the Sydney Opera
House tomorrow and will go to air Sunday.
Burke's North-West grandparents Hugh and Joan Hiscutt,
along with her former North-West, now Hobart-based parents, will
be in the audience to watch her play Gilda.
She said her family were excited about it, having
all bought new outfits.
"I suspect nanna Joan will be excited, because
she was an opera singer you now.
"When I got the role she said `you get to sing
that beautiful quartet', I thought `God, what quartet?'
"When I looked at the music, she was right on
"I suspect that's where I got it (my talent)
She said performing at the Opera House was a daunting
"In the first few weeks of rehearsals I would
catch the ferry in and go past the Opera House every day.
"... I had to look in the opposite direction
- it made me feel sick.
"Now I'm trying to forget it's the Opera House."
She said she hoped the show would open doors for
"But it's a tough industry and there's a lot
of bloody good singers in Australia."