With the resurgence of Covid-19, the fate of Operatunity’s highly anticipated Fabulous 50’s tour hung in the balance. Despite the massive logistical challenges associated with rescheduling a national tour, audiences were elated that performances were able to be shifted to later in the year. This did mean however that West End star Russell Dixon, who most recently charmed audiences in Operatunity’s July tour Stage and Screen, would be tied up directing Mary Poppins at the Civic Theatre in Auckland. In a stroke of luck, the perfect replacement had just arrived back in New Zealand, none other than Ten Tenors star Cameron Barclay!
Cameron is a graduate of the University of Auckland and the New Zealand School of Music where he studied singing, French and Italian before his selection as a 2010/2011 PWC Dame Malvina Major Emerging Artist for NBR New Zealand Opera. His operatic, musical theatre and concert credits are extensive. Highlights include performing in Ken Hill’s Original ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Tokyo, singing the role of Frederic in the New Zealand tour of ‘Pirates of Penzance', singing the National Anthem of Argentina for their match against the All Blacks in Wellington and recording Margaret Wegener’s ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the first recording of this work.
Most notably, Cameron is one tenth of the iconic classical-crossover group: The TEN Tenors. Cameron joined the group in 2014 and has since performed in over 500 venues across Europe, Asia, America and Australasia as well as recording three studio albums.
2020 marks ten years since Cameron’s first performance with Operatunity, his latest being the 2017 hit tour ‘It’s Raining Men’. A few lucky travellers also had the pleasure of Cameron’s voice and company as a host on Operatunity’s 2019 ‘Be WoWed in Wellington’ trip to watch the ‘World of Wearable Arts’ show. We’re sure audiences will be thrilled to see this talented young man again!