Bingara lass, Lexi Hutton, was one of three finalists in the annual, Melbourne Singer of the Year Competition held in the Blackwood Hall, at Monash University on Saturday September 8.
Having performed in the heats on Friday in a small auditorium, Lexi was selected as one of the three finalists to perform in the 2000 seat Blackwood Hall. Her twin brother, Nicholas, and father, Rick Hutton, were both in the audience to hear the finals.
Samuel Dundas (left), Lexi Hutton and Adrian Tamburini.
Nervous but undaunted, Lexi performed “Glitter and be Gay” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide”, and “Standchen” by Richard Strauss. After an anxious wait, Lexi was announced as the runner up. The winner was Melbourne based bass-baritone Adrian Tamburini. The second runner up was also a bass-baritone from Melbourne, Samuel Dundas.
The adjudicator, Brian Hansford, is one of Australia’s leading classical teachers. In his adjudication he described Lexi’s performance as, “ a beautifully, delicate, artistic and thoroughly musical performance.”
Lexi, is contracted this year with the Australian Opera and has been touring with the Oz Opera school’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”. The North West Theatre Company is looking forward to co-hosting The Magic Flute in a program they have called “A Night at the Opera” at The Roxy Theatre, in Bingara on Tuesday night, October 23.
Lexi sings the part of Pamina in The Magic Flute. She has also promised to perform some of her other favourite songs, including “Glitter and be Gay”, on the program at the Roxy. Tickets will be available through Fays of Bingara (Ph:6724 1303) from Friday, September 28.