PerformerUpClose: Una Reynolds


Una Reynolds, Soprano
OperaUpClose performing credits include: Musetta La Boheme, Adina The Elixir of Love, and Belinda Dido and Aeneas.

This interview was taken in February 2014.

What's your favourite part of your job?
There is nothing quite like performing to an audience. Particularly with the intimate setting at the King's Head, you really feel the audience drawn in to the story and characters, which, as a performer, feels wonderful.

And your least favourite?
Gaps between opera contracts. Whilst it is part of the business, it is always tough to be a singer that isn’t performing.

How did you get into theatre/opera?
During secondary school I sang in choirs and musicals. However it was my singing teacher that introduced me to opera, firstly through operettas, hence my soft spot for G&S!

What is the best / most exciting/ inspiring theatre production you’ve ever seen?
I recently saw ENO’s production Satyagraha, an opera by Philip Glass based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The production combined stunning music with an innovative use of the set and props, puppetry and physical theatre. It was an inspiring production that showcased a very different and creative way in which opera can connect to an audience.

What is your dream role?
The first opera I ever saw was Opera Australia’s production of L’elisir d’amore, cleverly set in 1950’s Australian outback. Since then my dream was to play Adina, which I was able to accomplish with OperaUpClose's glamorous Hollywood version. Perhaps it is now a case of opposites attracting, as I’d now love to play a tragic role - and what could be more devastating than that of Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. 

What is the most embarrassing / funniest thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
In L’elisir a poor audience member nearly had his eye poked out when, during a dance move, my high heel flicked off my foot into the audience! It was an interactive show so I think I got away with it... just!