2019 is turning out to be a huge year for Alinta Chidzey.

“It’s my creative dream year!” she exclaimed.

Just recently it was announced she would take on the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago. It’s a role Chidzey has wanted to play since first seeing the musical when she was 16 years old.

“It’s been a long time coming!” laughed Chidzey.

Before Chicago, Alinta Chidzey has her own album to launch, a season of A Little Night Music and a Morning Melodies concert. And they’re all taking place at the Arts Centre Melbourne!

“ I feel like I’m going to be living there this year!” said Chidzey.

Alinta Chidzey is already a familiar face to Arts Centre, Melbourne patrons, particularly through her musical theatre roles with The Production Company.

However, Chidzey admits she is somewhat of a chameleon and not always recognised by audiences in her diverse roles.

“Because I look so different when I have wigs on, I’m quite a chameleon. I do such different types of roles people may not recognise me! It depends on how closely they look!”

Alinta Chidzey started out in musical theatre 15 years ago, but in the last 5 years has also established herself in the world of jazz. Chidzey explained she has always been fascinated by the writing and harmonisation of jazz, as well as the improvisation of this genre of music.

With her husband and musical director, Remco Keijzer, Alinta Chidzey has put compiled of collection of songs for today’s Morning Melodies concert that feature songs from performers such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Joni Mitchell, as well as some more contemporary artists like Amy Winehouse and Adele. They are all female artists that have influenced Alinta Chidzey in some way – whether that’s been the actual song or the tone and style of the voice of the performer.

“They’re all women who have put their stamp on their songs,” said Chidzey.

Alinta Chidzey has also included one of her own original songs in the concert and audience members will be the first to be able to purchase her album before its official release later this month.

“Who wouldn’t want to play their own original music at Hamer Hall? It’s such an amazing concert hall!” exclaimed Chidzey.

Alinta Chidzey says the Morning Melodies concert will appeal to anyone who appreciates good music. She also hopes to educate her audience.

“One of the things I’m passionate about is making sure jazz doesn’t seem like it’s just for older audiences. I want to keep it current and I want to keep nurturing this genre.”

Alinta Chidzey performs Divas – Past to Present at Hamer Hall for two performances today at 11am and 1.30pm.

For more information: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2019/festivals-and-series/morning-melodies/divas-past-to-present