A special evening of world class classical crossover entertainment with internationally successful Kiwi artists
Geoff Sewell and BRAVO AMICI postponed their 2020 New Zealand concert tour due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Tour was rescheduled to tour in May 2021, but after working for many months towards bringing the four internationally based members of Bravo Amici into the country, in the end it has not been possible to secure space for them in managed isolation over the dates required to make it happen as originally intended.
However, determined not to disappoint his New Zealand fans yet again, Geoff has reached out to his world-class entertainer friends, bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu, and tenor Cameron Barclay, to join with him and Carl Doy instead in the promised shows in May 2021, now billed as Geoff Sewell & Special Guests.
Pacific Entertainment and Geoff Sewell are proud to present four of New Zealand’s world famous artists together in May for a once in a pandemic, show must go on, special evening of classical crossover entertainment!
Geoff Sewell is an international multi-platinum recording artist, one of New Zealand’s most successful musical exports and is considered one of the best practitioners of classical crossover in the world. His creation of the world’s first opera band, Amici Forever in 2002 made Geoff an international classical crossover star. Between 2002 and 2006 Amici Forever enjoyed huge success with two #1 albums selling over 3.5 million copies worldwide and garnering a UK Classical Brit Award best album nomination. With his groups, Amici Forever and its successor, Bravo Amici, and as a successful solo artist, Geoff has toured the world and entertained numerous international celebrities, including Sir Elton John, Sir Richard Branson, Sir Cliff Richard, The Beckham’s, Nelson Mandela, the Queen and Prince Charles.
Since receiving a Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship in 1997 and winning the New Zealand Mobil Song Contest in 1998, bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu has established an illustrious international operatic career performing in the UK, America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Noted for his stage presence, interpretive ability, and his powerful and captivating voice, Jonathan has since garnered multiple awards including a Grammy Award in 2010 for Best Operatic Recording for an album on which he was featured. About Lemalu, Gramophone Magazine, the world’s leading authority on classical music wrote “Lemalu, a New Zealand born Samoan, is a major talent. His voice defies easy categorisation, combining the depth and authority of a bass with the flexibility and vocal colouring of a baritone”.
In 2010 tenor, Cameron Barclay was selected to join the prestigious PwC Dame Malvina Major Programme which was set up to coach stand-out young talent and expose them to the professional international operatic world. Fluent in English, French and Italian, Cameron’s selection had been on the back of outstanding performances and recitals over several years, including with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in 2004 and 2008. His career took a dramatic and unexpected turn in 2014 when, after a chance meeting he secured a coveted spot with the Australasian based singing group, The Ten Tenors, Barclay becoming one of the more recognisable members of the group.
Carl Doy is undoubtedly one of this country’s most recognised and celebrated musicians. An integral part of the New Zealand music scene for over 40 years as a pianist, producer and composer, Carl received an ONZM from the Queen in 2009 for his services to music. He has recorded over 20 piano albums, starting with Piano by Candlelight in the 1980s, which sold over one million albums in the USA and went triple-platinum in New Zealand. His 10 CD set, Together, was featured by Oprah Winfrey as one of her “favourite of all her favourites”.
As a producer, just a few of his successes are double-platinum albums for Yulia, Elizabeth Marvelly, Martin Winch (Espresso Guitar) and Brian Smith (Moonlight Sax).