Talking opera with Penny Shaw

17 February 2021

After 20 years of singing with the West Australian Opera, Penny Shaw is finally allowed to talk! The soprano is the MC for the City of Perth Opera in the Park this year and in this entertaining podcast she chats to Rosalind Appleby about life as an opera diva hosting gala events.

In this podcast we hear from Penny Shaw, one half of the soprano duo DivaLicious and a long-term member of the West Australian Opera Chorus. Shaw’s opera and comedy skills will be on display this month as she hosts the City of Perth Opera in the Park 30th Gala Concert on the 26th and 27th of February.

The press release for the annual concert at the Supreme Court Gardens says: “Acclaimed soprano Penny Shaw, who recently completed her career defining turn in last year’s hilarious production of Così fan tutte will be undertaking MC duties for the event.”

In this entertaining conversation Shaw clarifies that completing her “career defining turn” didn’t involve medical complications, nor is her career completed. Instead she is looking forward to talking (much easier than singing) and bringing her love of opera to the thousands of audience members attending the gala, on location in the park and through live streaming.

The annual City of Perth Opera in the Park is watched by thousands of people in Perth and is livestreamed to various locations around the state. Photo supplied

The City of Perth Opera in the Park is already at ticket capacity but audiences can view the fun at community cinemas, Luna Palace Cinema or register to livestream from home.

Read Seesaw’s review of Penny Shaw in Cosi fan tutte and in the Divalicious show Defying Gravity.

Penny Shaw hosts her own podcast at Diary of a (Teenage) Diva!

Pictured top: soprano Penny Shaw will be talking rather than singing at this year’s City of Perth Opera in the Park.

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Author —
Rosalind Appleby

Rosalind Appleby is an arts journalist, author and speaker. She is co-editor of Seesaw Magazine, author of Women of Note, and has written for The West Australian, The Guardian, The Australian, Limelight magazine and Opera magazine. She loves the percussion instruments which can be found in the uber cool parks.

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