Soprano Ana Marina will go underground to launch her new album, Haunted, at Brisbane’s Spring Hill Reservoir this week.
Ana Marina has graced the world’s stages in the coveted roles of Phantom of the Opera’s Christine Daae and Les Miserables’ Cosette, but now she’s taking on a new role as a singer-songwriter.
After an illustrious career on the stage, Ana says Haunted is the realisation of a lifelong dream.
“Performing was such a huge part of my life, and I was able to travel to some incredible places, sharing the stage with inspirational artists across the world,” she says.
“After all of this excitement, I took a break to start a family, and then got to work on making the transition from singing other people’s songs to writing and singing my own. It was something I’d been dreaming of doing since my teens.”
Ana, who now resides in Toowoomba with her husband, Marc, and their two young boys, says it was her musical theatre career which inspired her original songs on the album and the choices of which covers to include.
“My journey to Haunted took me through major cities all over the world playing lead roles in gothic musicals like Jekyll and Hyde, Les Mis, and Phantom,” she says.
“Performing the role of Christine was a highlight of my career; however, probably the most fulfilling experience so far has been creating Haunted. I have definitely found a new path as a singer-songwriter.”
Ana returned to the stage in February this year to perform with the Underground Opera Company for its West End to Broadway in the Reservoir season.
It was during this season that she discovered the 140-year-old Spring Hill Reservoir’s mystic underground setting, which she thought would be the perfect place to launch Haunted.
The venue, which sits in the shadow of the Old Tower Mill on Wickham Terrace, was activated in 2014 by the Underground Opera Company, and is becoming known as Brisbane’s underground opera house.
At the concert, Ana will perform her originals complemented by pieces composed by her musical inspirations, such as The Eagles, U2, and of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber.
“The album contains five of my own original songs and also some covers I have always loved. It really only has one musical theatre song on it, but it is a favourite from Phantom. I can’t wait to showcase this music I’ve created — it will be the realisation of a fantastic dream,” she says.
Join Ana for Haunted’s launch on Thursday 19 May and concert on Thursday 26 May at The Spring Hill Reservoir. For more information visit www.anamarina.com.au