Waiheke Marketplace : September 21st 2011
www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 9 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 NEWS Waiheke Island is always surprising us with the depth and variety of talent displayed by those who live here and enjoy spending time on the island. Heather Pascual, a former pupil of dame Sister Mary Leo, spent many years studying to develop a voice capable of presenting Lyric Dramatic Soprano roles with ardour and passion. Opera demands an exceptional personality, gifted with the ability to carry a performance with style and conviction in large theatres in the company of a full orchestra. Heather quickly became known for her Puccini and Verismo performances. This rare ability was recognised by the New Zealand Opera, Television New Zealand, Radio New Zealand and throughout many concert performances with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra or piano accompaniment performances. In 1980, TVNZ undertook a one- off production of Leoncavallo's "I Pagliacci" conducted by the renowned Mishi Inoue. Heather was chosen for the leading role "Nedda". Heather went on to perform many other leading roles including classics like Musetta ("La Boheme") Santuzza ("Cavalleria Rusticana") and Cio Cio San (Madama Butterfly). Heather was inspired by the forthcoming NBR New Zealand Opera season of "Cavalleria Rusticana" and "I Pagliacci". She decided to celebrate this and conceived of the idea of having a unique necklace and earrings created to captivate the opera's dramatic character and illustrate the enduring memories she has of this work. There was only one choice for co-operating on the project, the Waiheke Island based internationally renowned jeweller Christine Hafermalz- Wheeler. From this creative partnership three beautiful artefacts were created. Each element was selected to represent and symbolise specific aspects of the Opera. The black Onyx on the asymmetric necklace represents Nedda's tortured relationships with her husband and his aggressive hunchback assistant. On the opposite side sparkling clear quartz crystals represent Nedda's beauty. Her passionate love affair with Silvio is represented by the white marble hearts. The jealousy that ends in such heartbreak is symbolised using three Black Onyx strings. Three of the Opera's key protagonists perform in a troupe of travelling Commedia dell'arte players. They are represented by the brilliantly multi-coloured main centrepiece -- the bloodshed in blood red coral drops. Each earring has black and white hearts standing for husband and lover, with coral droplets standing for bloodshed. Good and evil are shown in the Quartz and Onyx on opposite ears. These are stunningly beautiful pieces. They are replete with many intense and happy memories, as Heather moves on towards new career in voice and stagecraft coaching. Opera & Musical Drama Voice & Stagecraft Coaching with... Heather has many years experience on the professional opera stage. To make an appointment for individual coaching sessions call Auckland (09) 522 7339. Hea er P scua Inspired by opera Inspired design: soprano Heather Pascual commissioned this necklace by jeweller Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler. Feedback wanted: The Draft Waterfront Plan was released yesterday for public consultation. Waterfront plan is floated for feedback Residents have until October 25 to give feedback on the Draft Waterfront Plan launched yesterday for public consultation. Extending the heritage tramway on a light rail sys- tem from Wynyard Quarter to Britomart and beyond to St Heliers, and making the Wai- temata Harbour a blue high- way with more ferries to coastal areas and islands, are just two proposals put for- ward. The plan will look at how the CBD waterfront can be transformed over the next 30 years. The waterfront is expected to be a major driver of Auckland s economic future during this period. Waterfront Auckland board chairman Bob Harvey says it s in the best interests of all Aucklanders to get involved. International examples show that transforming waterfront areas positively impacts cities socially, cult- urally and environmentally, as well as economically and the more public feedback we have the better. Some proposals we are putting forward already have wide support and can easily be delivered over the next three to five years. Other projects are perhaps more visionary, more complex and costly, however they have the potential to be transforma- tive in scale and unlock sig- nificant opportunity. The Waterfront Plan, to be completed in early 2012, is being developed alongside the Auckland (Spatial) Plan and the City Centre Masterplan. Visit www.waterfront auckland.co.nz for more information. New home vies for top award Top house: Citrine's new Gold Reserve status qualifies it as a finalist in the the Registered Master builders 2011 House of the Year and RMB commercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMakers. A new Park Point home has moved one step closer to being given the accolade of House of the Year. The house known as Cit- rine became a regional gold award winner in the $1 million to $2m new homes category of the Registered Master Builders 2011 House of the Year and RMB com- mercial Project Awards, in association with PlaceMa- kers, during winter. Citrine is owned by David Wheeler and Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler and was built by Waiheke building company Island 2000, headed up by Bernie Lee. Now the house s status has been elevated after a further round of judging, achieving a Gold Reserve medal. The Gold Reserve winners rep- resent the top entrants in the competition, with finalists selected from the 14 regional competitions. They will now vie for New Zealand s top three building honours -- PlaceMakers Supreme Awards for the House of the Year and Reno- vation of the Year; and the RMB Commercial Project.
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