Opera singer to perform familiar hits

Photo courtesy of NACC World-class opera singer Rebecca Caine is set to perform in Hay River March 23 at the Catholic Church.

Photo courtesy of NACC
World-class opera singer Rebecca Caine is set to perform in Hay River March 23 at the Catholic Church.

Next week, the Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church will play host to a world famous opera singer but don’t expect any opera.

“It’s funny, I’m an opera singer, but there will be no opera,” said Rebecca Caine. “It’s all about what people are going to be comfortable with.”

Caine has embarked on a Canadian tour, playing community churches and museums including her upcoming performance for Hay Riverites on March 23. She said the experience has been a rewarding one, allowing her to break the fourth wall and really connect with the audience in a different way.

Although Caine is a classically-trained opera singer, she was also the first to play Cosette in the Broadway musical rendition of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. Her performances for the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre will feature familiar songs from Broadway hits from Les Mis, the Phantom of the Opera and a little bit of My Fair Lady.

“That won’t stop me from wearing absolutely fabulous gowns,” she said.

“The smaller the room, the bigger the gown.”

Caine will also be stopping in at Diamond Jenness Secondary School for a brief performance and to answer a few questions as part of the cultural centre’s outreach program.

“I think it’s much more of an interactive thing in smaller venues and little communities,” she said. “I never really saw myself doing concert work. It’s different when you’re performing as yourself and telling your own stories. It’s not like doing a show where you’re performing someone else’s words but it’s an amazing thing.”

Caine will be coming under the auspices of the cultural centre for the last performance of the year in this community. While she has been to Yellowknife before, this will be her first time travelling outside of the capital.

“It’s different to see people’s faces, not just a black space,” she said. “It’s exhausting, but I get a lot out of it.”

Marie Coderre, executive and artistic director of the cultural centre, said she is excited to have Caine back in the North and travelling to the communities accompanied by pianist Robert Kortgaard.

“She’s one of the most notable opera singers of the 20th century, and she loved the North so much, she decided to come back,” Coderre said.

–Sarah Ladik