Is adapting those sparse, dark and brooding "Dunedin Sound" songs from the 1980s into operatic versions genius or sacrilege?
Arranger and member of The Verlaines Graeme Downes reckons it's the former, as he tells Lynne Freeman.
Dunedin born soprano Anna Leese joins Graeme and other Dunedin Sound stalwarts as The Southern Sinfonia presents: Tally Ho! Dunedin Sound Songs & Singers this Saturday at the Dunedin Town Hall.
Radio New Zealand Concert and Music 101 are recording the concert for later broadcast.