Jud Arthur and Cezanne rehearse yesterday for Ride the Rhythm at Forsyth Barr Stadium. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
As far as first impressions go, things could not have been
more amicable between opera singer Jud Arthur and Cezanne.
''That's the first time I have met him, but judging by the
look in his eye he seems pretty calm,'' Mr Arthur said, when
he met Cezanne at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium yesterday.
The pair will perform a European dressage display and a
cowboy dressage display while Mr Arthur sings from horseback
in a toreador outfit during Ride the Rhythm at the stadium
''It'll be fun. These sort of ad hoc opportunities are always
great,'' he said.
''It's a bit different from my usual performance.''
The former Otago rugby player also represented New Zealand in
showjumping in his younger days.
''I don't ride too much these days, so hopefully I won't fall
off and embarrass myself.''
Working with animals made for a ''one-off performance'' as
''it's not something you can rehearse and rehearse''.
''It's always a bit different when there's a crowd and other
horses around. There's different variables that come into it
and it will be different each time,'' he said.
He had performed a ''similar kind of thing for the New
Zealand dressage championships'' and was looking forward to
''It's lovely to combine two of my passions, the equestrian
side of my life and the singing side of my life, and to bring
them together is a unique opportunity.''
He felt vocally prepared for the show as he had just spent a
''fairly intense'' five months performing Wagner's Ring Cycle
in Melbourne and there was ''a little bit less riding'' on
However, he did not ''want to be dumped on my butt as I'm
Mr Arthur now lived in Sydney and said he relished the chance
to come home.
''I love coming back to Dunedin ... I will always be an Otago
lad ... I will always be a Highlanders supporter.''