‘Rock stars of opera,’ The Ten Tenors, take the Midwest Theater stage Dec. 10

November 28, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Australia’s rock stars of the opera, The Ten Tenors, will perform their unique selection of traditional and contemporary holiday Christmas favorites at the Midwest Theater on Monday, Dec. 10. The performance will be at 7:30 p.m.

The Australian vocal group was formed in 1995 following a television station celebration. When the local Channel 10 commercial television station celebrated its 10th birthday, the station brought together 10 tenors to perform. The group has since grown to attract a variety of vocal talent to showcase the contemporary, operatic and other vocal styles of tenors.

“We like to celebrate all aspects of the tenor voice,” said long-time member and touring musical director, Michael Edwards. “We’ve moved from opera to contemporary songs, so there is really something for everyone.”

The Ten Tenors perform a colorful repertoire of breathtaking arrangements in their powerful live performances, which features classical composers and contemporary artists from Queen, David Bowie, John Lennon and Amy Winehouse.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see artists of this caliber coming to Scottsbluff,” said Midwest Theater Director Billy Estes. “We’re blessed to have the treat of a musical group coming from Australia.”

Estes said the biggest challenge preparing for the show of this caliber is making The Ten Tenors technique mesh with the size of the theater. Since the group is an international touring vocal group, it adds a layer of complexity to planning the show. Still, Estes is excited for the show and is glad to have the group in the Midwest Theater’s 2018-19 performing arts season lineup.

“When we’re booking our season, we are consciously aware of routing opportunities,” Estes said. “This is a group that had a date available in our geographical area and we were able to fill that spot.”

Edwards has been a member of The Ten Tenors since 2014. Prior to his time with the group, he performed in workshops and production in the Victorian Youth Opera program from Assembly, “The Play of Daniel” and in the world premiere of “The Grumpiest Boy in the World.” He has also performed in numerous Gala concerts, and main stage productions of “Nixon in China,” “La Traviata” and “Il Pagliacci.” Edwards performed in Victorian Opera’s ANZAC centenary production, “Remembrance,” touring Melbourne and regional Victoria in 2015.

“It’s kind of what I absolutely love doing,” Edwards said. “It brings me so much joy to tour and I feel so lucky and can’t really imagine doing anything else.”

As the group prepares for the Scottsbluff show, Edwards said they are bringing the holiday show “Home for the Holidays” to the valley with Christmas classics and some surprises. The album that goes along with the show is “Our Christmas Wish.”

“I love Queen and there will be some Queen songs,” he said. “I think it’s high energy and we often take the audience by surprise. It’s really a kind of ‘wow’ moment for our show.”

While The Ten Tenors are primarily a vocal group, one of the tenors, Keane Fletcher, is the choreographer for the group.

“We have pieces with dance elements,” said Edwards. “We’re all singers, so sometimes music is not our natural movement skills, but our choreographer is patient and gets us through.”

The group is currently halfway through its eight-week tour of the United States and will head to Laramie, Wyoming, following the Scottsbluff show.

“The difficult thing about touring is that you can’t get settled anywhere,” he said. “We miss home because it’s tough being away, but we are lucky to be able to see a lot of unique places.”

Despite being in the area for a short time, Edwards said they are always looking for activities in the local area and plan to see the Scotts Bluff National Monument while visiting the valley.

The Ten Tenors are on the road for an average of six months out of the year and travel around the globe.

“What a great way to get into the holiday spirit with 10 beautiful male voices,” Estes said. “Come and enjoy them live because it will move you.”

Tickets are on sale and are going fast. The main floor is very close to being sold out and there are around 200 tickets still available.

The doors to the Midwest Theater will open at 6:45 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30.

For more information on The Ten Tenors, visit their website at thetentenors.com.

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