Writer by day, soprano by night

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: AMY STEGGLES

Talent, determination and an amazing voice

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Amy Steggles can sing. She can sing really, really well. When she sings, she sings opera.

Unfortunately, Amy doesn’t make a living from her singing. Consequently, she works full-time as a writer and uses her off-work time to train, practise, organize and promote her singing. Along with her partner, Amy is the guiding force behind a small, local company, Fear No Opera (FNO).

FNO is in the final stages of producing their second full-length opera, Così fan tutte.

I have had the pleasure of photographing Amy many times now. She makes my job easy because she is transformed when she steps on stage or in front of the camera. I never know what to expect, except for great photos and wonderful music.

With this latest production, I have been fortunate to be involved from the beginning. I shot the images that would be used for promoting the opera. This week, I attended an early rehearsal to capture some of the behind-the-scenes action. My final part in the production will be to photograph the dress rehearsal, the night before the one-and-only performance. I thoroughly enjoy shooting the dress rehearsals of FNO performances. The lighting is dramatic, everyone is in costume and the music is wonderful.

Here is to a great performance and a full house! And thanks Amy, you help motivate my own creativity.

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Artist in Residence series

This is the first instalment of a series I am calling “Artist in Residence.” Each article will focus on a local artist who is making their way through life by creating something special for everyone else to enjoy. I feel fortunate to know some amazing, creative people, to whom I want to pay homage, by capturing their endeavours in photos.

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  1. Those are some really nice images, thanks for telling the story.

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