Making her debut in The Golden Era of Musicals, meet Operatunity’s newest artist, rising star Kelly Harris.
Performing has always been “as natural as breathing” for the young soprano. Her early years were filled with the music of Walt Disney saying “I knew the words to every song, those movies were my whole world! Thankfully mum suspected there was something there and put me into singing lessons”. She recalls her first performance engagement came soon after, aged 6, entertaining rest home residents with Shirley Temple’s On the Good Ship Lollipop.
This all came as a bit of surprise to her tone-deaf claiming parents, though Kelly explains the musical genes simply skipped a few generations. “My great grandmother was a mezzo in Australia”, she says adding “she sang for Dame Nellie Melba who got her to study at the conservatorium in Melbourne with her own head teacher”.
When asked who her favourite artist from the Golden Era is, Kelly settles on “...a toss-up between Julie Andrews and Judy Garland. Both have this captivating quality that is utterly magnetising. There’s this vulnerability, they feel what they are singing with every fibre of their being and you can’t look away.”
See Kelly perform songs from the likes of My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, The Student Prince and more alongside Sue Boland, John Cameron, Hamish McGregor, Rory Nolan, Stuart Coats and Paul Carnegie Jones in The Golden Era of Musicals, touring nationwide 23 Jul – 24 August.