Opera is often assumed to appeal to few people, people who have a deep understanding of the art, or have acquired this understanding by frequenting the opera. Divalicious, however, are here to prove this wrong. Their show, full of sharp satire and tongue-in-cheek humour, can be enjoyed the same by an amateur opera-goer or the most seasoned and discerning viewer.
The show details the story of the Dynamic Duo, Fiona Cooper-Smyth and Penny Shaw, from the day they first met at the Western Australian Opera, to their participation in Australia’s Got Talent, where they were finalists.
As the journey goes on, from the catty confines of the Opera dressing rooms, to the nervy auditions for Australia’s Got Talent, the audience is treated to some truly astonishing vocal performances by the duo. At various points, the girls take turns to show off their vocal talents, with solo performances and sometimes, one-upmanship. As much as their singing deserves praise, so does their sharp wit. This is most apparent in the short break midway through the performance, when they go backstage to change and their microphones are ‘accidentally’ left on.
The show features classic opera songs as well as more recognisable tunes like “Goldeneye” or “My Heart Will Go On”, finishing strongly with Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”. Both sopranos are supremely talented, and indeed, it is no surprise that one feels like watching them perform in a real opera after this show.
The venue for Divalicious is the wonderful De Parel Spiegeltent, Perth Cultural Centre in Northbridge. Viewers beware though, it gets very warm inside the tent, but the indoor bar does provide some relief. Viewers are also advised to reach the venue well before time, as this show is sure to be packed to the rafters and latecomers might have to make do with booth seats on the outer edges of the audience chamber.
Although these two magnificent performers are hardly done, the current version of their show runs till the 27th of January as part of the Fringe World Festival 2014, make sure you catch it!
Review by Gautam Jadhav