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“Opera for Heathens” promises a fresh take on opera and classics

Kevin Armstrong is bringing his unique twist on opera to the Key City Theatre on February 10. - Photo submitted
Kevin Armstrong is bringing his unique twist on opera to the Key City Theatre on February 10.
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“Opera for Heathens” is a post-modern opera-rock cabaret for the 21st Century. Kevin Armstrong is a versatile and unorthodox performer. He has forged a career in both Canada and Europe, performing everything from traditional opera and musical theatre, to one-man-shows where he pairs his 4-octave vocal range with his skills as a guitarist. Kevin performs a wide range of music, from opera arias and musical numbers, to grandiose, vocal-oriented music by Meat Loaf (in German), Queen, Styx, and others. “Opera for Heathens” is being presented at Centre 64 (64 Deer Park Ave. Kimberley) on Sunday, February 10th. Tickets are $15, and the show will begin at 2 p.m.

Kevin grew up in the richly artistic community of Nelson, British Columbia, where he was exposed to all types of music, visual art and theatre. Kevin started music lessons by age 10, and by college, had already studied classical, jazz and rock guitar, drums and voice. After completing a Master’s degree in vocal performance at McGill University in Montreal, Kevin moved to Zürich, Switzerland, where he did an apprenticeship at the Zürich Opera house. There he had the opportunity to perform onstage next to some of the biggest names in the opera world.

“Opera for Heathens” was a hit at the 2011 Edmonton Fringe, as well as the 2012 Vancouver Fringe, playing to sold-out houses and rave reviews.  Some of Kevin’s other recent credits include the world-premiere of the opera “Khaos” with the Nelson Community Opera, the roles of Pilate and Judas in numerous productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, as well as opera performances in Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Zürich. Kevin also recently completed a 60-city tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland with “Night of the Musicals”, Europe’s longest-running touring musical show, as well as a recital tour of the B.C. interior with internationally renowned organist Robert Kwan.

Please visit Kevin Armstrong’s website at www.reverbnation.com/opera4heathens, and at twitter@opera4heathens. You are also invited to join Kevin on Facebook at the Group “Kevin Armstrong’s “Opera for Heathens””. Video clips are available at www.youtube.com/kevztunzvideo.

“Opera for Heathens” is being presented with the support of the Columbia Basin Trust and the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, and will be great opportunity to a see a world-class talent on the local stage.

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