Kholo singer about to hit a high note in his musical career

BIG CHANCE: Tenor Nick Kirkup sings during a Project Puccini rehearsal at the Ipswich Civic Centre last week.
BIG CHANCE: Tenor Nick Kirkup sings during a Project Puccini rehearsal at the Ipswich Civic Centre last week. Claudia Baxter

KHOLO opera singer Nick Kirkup is about to hit a high note in his musical career.

The 26-year-old was chosen to perform with some of Australia's best voices in Opera Queensland's production of La Boheme at the Ipswich Civic Centre.

The West Moreton Anglican College singing teacher was given the opportunity as part of the company's ground-breaking Project Puccini initiative.

The world-first project was created to offer everyday Queenslanders the chance to perform in the chorus of a professionally-staged production.

After a successful audition, Mr Kirkup and his fellow chorus members are in the middle of an intensive 10-week schedule of organised rehearsals and private practice in preparation for the performance. Mr Kirkup said the experience was a lot of fun and a great chance to learn from some of the best in the business.

"I've had a passion for singing since I joined the school choir when I was 13 years old," he said.

"Being part of Project Puccini has been an exciting opportunity to make wonderful music with both local musicians and artists from Opera Queensland."

One of Mr Kirkup's former students, Nathan Walton, 18, is also among the 48 Ipswich singers selected to perform. Mr Walton passed the audition along with his younger brother Daniel, 16, and said the experience had been a "musical treat". La Boheme will be performed on August 12 at 7.30pm.

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