Classical soprano Georgia Jamieson Emms grew up in Featherston (population: 2,000) and went to the opera for the first time with her music class when she was fifteen. She trained in New Zealand and then lived and worked as a singer in Germany.
The word “Wanderlust” is a nod to Georgia's years in Germany where she was often touring outside of the major city of Hamburg, where she was based. It refers to her passion for travel, and specifically her passion for travelling with music.
Georgia wanted to come home to New Zealand and create a company that would perform a similar service in smaller centres: fun, affordable, accessible opera, performed in English with comfortable running times. Wanderlust Theatre was formed in 2013.
Wanderlust singers are drawn from a vast pool of operatic and musical theatre talent being cultivated in New Zealand, but more than this, they are old friends and colleagues, most of whom are past and present members of NZ Opera.
Equally passionate about bringing opera to a wider audience and introducing future generations to the genre, Jacqueline Coats has directed all three of Wanderlust's touring operas: Cosi fan tutte (2016), The Marriage of Figaro (2018) and Don Pasquale (2019).
Georgia Jamieson Emms
THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE SINGS
An "obsessed" Julie Andrews fan presents her greatest hits
COSI FAN TUTTE
A touring production of Mozart's beloved (and scandalous) opera, performed in English for new audiences
HAPPILY EVER AFTER?
The songs of Stephen Sondheim woven into the story of two marriages in turmoil in 1960s America
NOEL & COLE
A "wonderful party" of Noel Coward and Cole Porter, songwriting kings of social satire
A miserly bachelor gets more than he bargained for when he enters into an arranged marriage
THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO
A pithy update which honours the ethos of Mozart's original