2013 VAC Top Female Artist to Star in Phantom of the Opera

toni-gibsonNew Plymouth has a new “Angel of Music.”

New Plymouth Operatic has great pleasure in announcing that twenty-one-year-old Toni Gibson will play the iconic role of Christine in the 2014 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,” says 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 seven.  Aged nine through eleven she was part of a group called The Starlight Kids, five 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.

In recent times, Toni has performed with the NZ POPS Orchestra at the Auckland Town Hall, Coca Cola Christmas in the Park, TVNZ’s Good Morning, as well as alongside New Zealand icon and VAC Patron Gray Bartlett at numerous concerts.

In 2013 Toni released her debut album Echo in My Soul and was awarded the Pacific Entertainment Award for Top Female Artist at the 2013 Benny Awards.  Her album was distributed by Ambition-Fanfare Record Label, who also represent Michael Crawford, the original West End and Broadway 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 woman with exceptional potential, we look forward to seeing her develop into a true star through this role.”

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