New Zealand born singer and actress Delia Hannah has plans for the role of Rose Vibert. “Of all the wonderfully colourful characters in this story, Rose is arguably the one least likely to win over her audience. I consider it a challenge to imbue her with the kind of warmth that will make an audience understand this seemingly ambitious and selfish woman who lives for the inspiration of the moment, but who is also prepared to accept the inevitable consequences.”
Delia studied ballet at The Royal Academy of Dance, and art at the Otago School of Fine Arts in New Zealand. She taught art for four years then gave it up for the stage. Since her first role as Roxy Hart in Chicago she hasn’t looked back. Performances in Cabaret, Ten Times Table, The Cagebirds, That’s Entertainment and a national tour of The Pirates of Penzance followed. Arriving in Australia for a holiday, Delia heard that the casting had begun for Les Miserables. She gatecrashed the auditions and was cast as the understudy for Fantine, giving more than 100 performances in the role. While in Les Miserables, she appeared with members of the company in a charity performance of An Evening With Sondheim.
Other credits include the title role in the Stetson production of Evita, appearances as Florence in Chess, Annette in Beach Blanket Tempest and Miss Santiago in Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, which had a sell-out tour of Australia. Delia has sung in Sydney nightclubs and recently returned to Australia after playing the starring role in the New Zealand touring production of Chess. “Being cast as Rose Vibert in Aspects Of Love is the highlight of my career and an enormous challenge,” she says.
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