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Pedestrians were treated to a mobile musical showcase yesterday as two duelling divas were chauffeured around Perth's city centre, blasting out their impressive repertoire ahead of their Fringe World Festival opening night performance on Friday.

Sopranos Penny Shaw and Fiona Cooper Smyth - who were finalists in last year's Australia's Got Talent - perform as DivaLicious, rival singers who compete for the top notes and the affection of baritone Robert Hofmann.

Their comedic act features a mix of opera, pop hits and musical numbers and has been praised by comedian and writer Ben Elton.

Shaw and Cooper Smyth have been singing together in the WA Opera chorus for a decade but decided 18 months ago to branch out with their own show.

"The show has been really well received," Cooper Smyth said. "People really love it and are up laughing, crying or apparently even wetting themselves."

Despite opera being a "hard sell", Shaw said the duo's blend of modern and classical music - with comedy, costume changes and a "few surprises" - made their show extremely accessible with a broad appeal.

The singers' musical jaunt through the city was proof that the two coloratura sopranos - those who hit the very high notes and can sing at a faster tempo - had a repertoire audiences could embrace.

"It was really great; people looked bewildered, some stopped and waved and others joined in or filmed us on their phone," Cooper Smyth said.

"We loved it."

DivaLicious perform at their first Fringe World Festival at the weekend, opening De Parel spiegeltent on Friday.

The West Australian

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