Hear the enchanting siren song of Australia’s premiere pop-opera quartet

Following their successful Queensland state tour in 2017, all-woman vocal quartet Belladiva return to share re-imagined operatic classics and celebrate the world’s best female songwriters and artists from Joni Mitchell and Fleetwood Mac to Sarah McLachlan. Belladiva’s gorgeous combination of classical voices, angelic harmonies and playful musicianship makes the familiar new again with breathtaking modern interpretations of everything from Summertime to Killing Me Softly.

Performing live to more than 100,000 people, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music-trained Belladiva has charmed audiences nationwide and appeared at many prestigious events, including Channel 9’s Carols in the City, The Queensland Pops Orchestra and Queensland Music Festival.

Combining piano, violin and flute with their extraordinary singing talents, the four experienced vocalists, Alicia Cush (Opera Queensland, Circa), Bethan Ellsmore (Women in Voice, Circa), Jo Willans (The Medium, Qld Musical Theatre) and Samantha Paterson (Harvest Rain, Lush Productions), arrange and perform their own unique versions in a captivating and enchanting concert experience.

Venue Format
Theatre, Hall
Technical Rating
Touring Party

The Presenter is required to supply a keyboard instrument and 4 x wireless microphones. The Producer will not tour with technical staff, so these are required at each venue

Little Match Productions is an independent Brisbane-based company that creates contemporary musical performance works that traverse comedy-cabaret, opera, classical music and children’s theatre. The company is passionate about exploring our collective humanity via its most primal and intrinsically expressive media - the voice. Over the past six years, Artistic Director Alicia Cush, Creative Producer Bethan Ellsmore & Designer Penny Challen have developed a reputation for their unique ability to present classical vocal techniques in innovative contemporary contexts.

Creating The Owl and the Pussycat and works for the cabaret group Babushka, operatic ensemble Belladiva, and cabaret artist Bethan Ellsmore, Little Match Productions has a focus on creating roles, collaborations and opportunities for female artists and arts professionals. Their works fuse opera, classical, cabaret and pop in theatrical musical experiences that combine arresting and original musical arrangements, vocal acrobatics and compelling storytelling.

Over the past four years, the collective has produced work for Queensland Cabaret Festival, Wonderland Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Anywhere Theatre Festival and Brisbane Fringe Festival and presented at Brisbane Festival, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Woodford Folk Festival and Noosa Long Weekend.

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Unique Selling Point

The Belladiva girls arrange all their own music and play all instruments on stage - all singers play an instrument and swap between instruments throughout the show It's operatic and classical music made accessible The style is crossover; classical and fine contemporary The musical choices appeal and connect to our target audience - older audiences and music lovers It's a concert, but the mode is approachable - we talk to our audience between every song If the acoustics are appropriate, this concert can be performed unamplified *Presenters in 2017 were interested in the group returning with the option for an evening option for performance

Marketing Materials

The Producer will be providing a new marketing pack format from 2018 for all productions. This will include collateral for multi-channel use and represents a full marketing strategy. This includes full media kit, social media materials, print templates, gifs, MRECs, video content (trailers and full songs), images and public relations materials. There will be customisable content, content creation assistance for presenters and a suggested schedule for implementation.

Community Engagement

WORKSHOP #1 Vocal Masterclass – The Art of Auditioning This 2-hour workshop/masterclass will help demystify what can be a daunting process – the audition; professional and amateur theatre productions, vocal examinations, performances and entry into tertiary institutions. This workshop will give singers the techniques to deal with the most challenging musical audition, providing a basic introduction to audition techniques and preparation. Followed by an interactive masterclass, each student will give a mock audition/performance and receive constructive musical and performance feedback.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Secondary school age students, young adults, amateur singers

WORKSHOP #2 Hitting the High Notes - Introduction to basic singing technique This 2-hour workshop explores the most mysterious instrument of all; the voice. Learn the fundamental elements of vocal technique through group exercises in an informative and practical, but relaxed group environment. Participants will learn elements of postural alignment, breathing technique, basic physiology, vowel shapes, resonance, range and more, as taught in leading tertiary institutions.

This workshop is ideal for choral groups, school and community ensembles, and would be greatly suited to a regular rehearsal time. The information presented is also greatly suitable and appropriate as professional development.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Primary/Secondary school age students, young adults, amateur singers, choral groups