Hitting all the right notes . . . Dunedin opera singer Rosel Labone (right), pictured with Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie, will be busking near the Meridian mall to raise funds for a week-long singing intensive in Australia in July. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

A Dunedin opera singer will be busking in George St for the next few weeks in the hope of getting to Perth for an internationally renowned week-long singing course.

Singer-turned-journalist Rosel Labone was “bitten by the opera bug” as a teenager and has since studied at a variety of institutions, including the prestigious graduate music school at Indiana University in the United States and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.

Inspired by a performance by Dunedin opera singer Anna Leese at age 19, and later on, the buskers at London’s Covent Gardens, Labone’s journey has seen her progress from concerts in New Zealand to performing on the international stage in Australia, the US and UK for more than 10 years.

Her next step – after a break from international touring to take up a career as a journalist – will be taking part in the week-long Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts International Art Song Academy, a course for which she was personally invited to apply.

However, the $2500 cost for flights, attending the course and accommodation during the week was out of her budget, so she will hit the pavement outside the Meridian mall during lunchtimes over the next few weeks to raise funds.

“It’s really expensive to fly to Perth.”

On the WAAPA course, she would study and perform with “internationally renowned accompanist and expert in art song Graham Johnson and Welsh tenor Dennis O’Neill”.

The course’s focus this year was on Wolf and Schubert.

For more information on Labone’s trip or to give to her Boosted campaign, visit