I am thrilled to announce that Toni Gibson has been cast in the role of Christine for New Zealand’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera! As you may recall, Toni is the featured vocalist on the Chanson de l’Ange CD, now in production by Immortal Aria. Toni has recorded 3 of our original songs, including
“The Bleeding Rose”
The following article appeared on the New Plymouth Opera’s face book page:
“New Plymouth has an “Angel of Music”
New Plymouth Operatic has great pleasure in today announcing that 21 year old Toni Gibson will play the iconic role of ‘Christine’ in the New Plymouth season of ‘The Phantom of The Opera’.
While new to both New Plymouth Operatic and Musical Theatre, Ms Gibson brings a wealth of experience to what is her ‘dream role’ “I’m bursting with excitement” comments Toni “I can’t wait to get into rehearsals – I know the words of all the songs already”
Toni began performing at the age of 7. She was part of a group called the Starlight Kids at the ages of 9-11, a group of 5 pop performers that travelled the north island performing numerous shows. Toni has studied singing and opera extensively, including under the tutelage of Ellen Barrett and two years of Classical Voice (or Opera) training under Linden Loader at the Young Musicians Academy at Victoria University Wellington.
Of recent times, Toni has performed with the NZ POPS Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall, as well as at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, on the Good Morning Show on TVNZ, as well as performing alongside well known New Zealand icon Gray Bartlett, and singing in numerous competitions and concerts.
In 2013 Toni released her first Debut Album ‘Echo in My Soul’ and was awarded ‘Top Female Artist’ for the New Zealand VAC AWARDS, and is working with Ambition-Fanfare Record Label, who also represent Michael Crawford (the ‘Original’ Broadway and West End Phantom)
“The audition process for this role in Phantom attracted an incredible number of very talented auditionees,” said New Plymouth Operatic president Kevin Landrigan “It was a very competitive process”.
“Toni has real star quality” said Mr Landrigan. “Her voice is angelic.” “Toni embodies much of what we at New Plymouth Operatic stand for. As a young women with exceptional potential, we look forward to seeing her develop into a true star through this role”.
Auditions for other principal roles, and the company, for The Phantom of the Opera will be held next weekend (1/2 February) at the New Plymouth Operatic rooms.
A further casting announcement regarding the role of Phantom is also imminent.
The Phantom of the Opera opens at New Plymouth’s TSB Theatre of 3 July 2014, and tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster King Street.”
Check out their website for more information: New Plymouth Opera Society