The CBD is home to seasoned opera singer Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, whose new musical comedy Jack of Two Trades received critical acclaim last month.
New Zealand-born, Samoan descendent and Australian citizen Eddie has been singing in operas, musicals and plays and has travelled all over Australia and to Europe and the US for performances.
He settled down in the Melbourne CBD over a year ago and has now built a special connection to this city.
He said he had found a whole new level of his voice in Melbourne.
“My coach Raymond Laurence completely opened up another level in my voice,” he said.
“I just get so much satisfaction from discovering a new level in my voice. It’s all about getting to perfect my craft,” Eddie said.
Being a freelance performer, Eddie said living in the CBD enabled him to be conveniently close to theatres, art galleries and cultural venues.
“All the venues are within a 3km radius of the CBD. Melbourne’s art and theatre is very reflective of the diverse culture,” he said. “Melbourne is very inclusive and sophisticated.”
Eddie himself also boasts a diverse portfolio in the theatre scene.
He studied at the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music, has been a member of the Austrian Tiroler Landestheater, has worked with Opera Australia’s OzOpera as well as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company and now frequently works with Melbourne Opera.
He has performed in three genres, including musicals, operas and plays.
His new musical Jack of Two Trades was showcased at Monash University’s drama theatre from October 19 to 22.
Jack of Two Trades was a unique collaboration between the Monash Academy of Performing Arts, Monash University Centre for Theatre and Performance and Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and was commissioned by the Pratt Foundation.
This original Australian musical was adapted from classic comedy The Servant of Two Masters and was said to be a significant milestone in the long development of any new musical theatre work.
“This musical is brand new and it has been a learning curve for everyone involved,” Eddie said.
The musical revolved around two young people in an arranged marriage and Eddie played the boisterous, arrogant, but also soft father of the groom, who was in love with the bride’s mother.
“This musical makes you laugh. You will be entertained and shocked at the same time,” Eddie said.
After Jack of Two Trades, Eddie has a very busy year ahead.
“I want to see where my level of singing will take me. I will carry on singing in opera, musicals and plays. I also want to be involved in educational workshops on theatres with young people,” Eddie said.