Tasmanian EsqueOpera to show audience an afternoon in Paris

AFTERNOON IN PARIS: EsqueOpera artistic director and tenor Benjamin Martin will perform alongside other opera singers including internationally acclaimed soprano Jane Edwards. Picture: Phillip Biggs

AFTERNOON IN PARIS: EsqueOpera artistic director and tenor Benjamin Martin will perform alongside other opera singers including internationally acclaimed soprano Jane Edwards. Picture: Phillip Biggs

A Northern Tasmanian boutique opera company plans to take you out for an afternoon in Paris, and you don’t even need to leave your seat.

EsqueOpera artistic director Benjamin Martin said it was easy for people to be scared of opera.

“They were the pop composers of their time,” Mr Martin said.

“Take a risk and challenge yourself.”

Mr Martin hopes to take the audience back to “La Belle Époque”, or the beautiful era, in an artistic golden period.

The period was the height of the salon era, when wealthy people held the functions to open up their salons to their friends for famous composers to premier their work, Mr Martin said.

“Launceston won’t have heard this music for a long time.”

Featuring music by Debussy, Hahn and Ravel, internationally acclaimed soprano Jane Edwards will join EsqueOpera on the afternoon.

Mr Martin, who chose the music, was walking around in Paris when he decided on the theme.

“I just thought, ‘yep that is what I want to do’.”

EsqueOpera will perform at Holy Trinity Church, 34 Cameron Street in Launceston, from 2pm on Sunday.

Tickets are available for $20 at the door, cash only, which includes afternoon tea. All ticket sales would go towards paying the singers and putting on future events, he said.