La Boheme awaits Scoresby opera singer

Trumpeting success: Kristian Gregory (centre) with fellow performers Paul Biencourt, Roger Howell and Matthew Thomas at a rehearsal for La Boheme. Picture: Stephen McKenzie Kristian Gregory. Picture: Stephen McKenzie
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WHEN 25-year-old Kristian Gregory compares opera singing to an endurance sport, it’s a fair analogy.

The Scoresby resident is playing Schaunard in the Melbourne Opera performance of La Boheme and says opera singing is very challenging.

‘‘It’s a non-amplified performance which means there are no microphones, and you’re often singing over a 100-piece orchestra.’’

It will be Gregory’s first professional opera gig, but he started his musical as an eight year old performing with the National Boy’s Choir.

He left the choir when his voice broke but continued to follow his passion of classical music, and eventually completed a bachelor of music at Monash University.

Friends and family have always supported Gregory’s musical direction, however the same can’t be said for the general public.

‘‘Although I would love to stay in Australia and continue to work here, I know that at some point I am going to have to go overseas because there is a different view of it there, it is built into their history.’’

He says while opera is a classical music genre, it is just like being interested in ‘‘classical Bowie’’ and people should come in with ‘‘an open mind’’.

Gregory told the Weekly that if people were interested in seeing an opera for the first time, La Boheme was a good place to start.

‘‘The music is accessible, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. It’s a real rollercoaster of emotions.’’

The opera is also being performed in English.

La Boheme is on the Athenaeum Theatre and will conclude with a gala performance at Monash University’s Robert Blackwood Hall on March 31. Details: melbourneopera南京夜网