Opera star hits comic note

Published: 23 June 2019
Reporter: David Upton

Delea Shand

Canadian opera singer and comedian, Delea Shand, brings her first solo show to Manchester Fringe.

When you’ve spent your life trying and training to be an opera singer, then you have kids and can’t get any work, or even auditions, you teach yourself the accordion and start singing opera at stand-up comedy clubs instead.

That’s what Delea did, when she created Madame Chandelier and is now bringing her first solo show to Manchester.

She’s sung (outside) all of the world’s best concert halls, bringing opera to the people. And then she makes them help her do the show.