Susie Bishop is an Australian soprano with a musically diverse background. Originally classically trained as a violinist and circulating in the folk and world music scene, she has steadily been finding her niche as a soprano in the opera world moving easily from early music and experimental fusion to bel canto and grand opera. She is receiving growing recognition and acclaim
amongst critics such as John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald who has praised her performances as “exquisitely sung”, and as one of the “highlights”, and John O'Brien of Classikon who was impressed by her “sustained release of smiling personality..” and her “bell like soprano [voice]... full of beautiful sound and lovely storytelling”.
Susie completed a Bachelor of Creative Arts with distinction at the University of Wollongong, where she debuted her first role as Susanna in Rachel McDonald's adaptation of Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2005 she was the recipient of the Big Brother Mentorship Scholarship to continue her operatic training in the UK, where she completed a Masters of Music at the Royal Northern College of Music and studied with Stuart McKintyre.
Since returning to Australia in 2010, she has been studying with Andrew Dalton and this year was offered an Associate Artist position with Pacific Opera. Her Australian operatic engagements have included touring with The Song Company, performing as a soloist with the Marais Ensemble, a recital series at the Independent Theatre in 2012 and 2013 and regular recitals with
the Resonance Concert series. Susie has performed as a soloist with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Steel City Strings and the Metropolitan Orchestra. Her other collaborations have included the role of Leyli in the original multimedia production Leyli and Majnun at Blacktown Arts Centre in 2015, and as vocalist and violinist with baroque/ jazz fusion ensemble Elysian Fields.
Nathan Bryon is a young tenor hailing from Geurie in rural NSW, and is currently completing his fourth year of study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Vocal Performance) under the guidance of Andrew Dalton. He has held scholarship positions as Associate Artist with Pacific Opera, Tenor Scholar at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, and performed as Featured Artist with Coast Opera Australia. This year, Nathan attended the New Zealand Singing School, where he was presented with the Beatrice Webster Award for the pursuit of excellence.
Nathan is making a name for himself amongst local choirs and orchestras as an experienced oratorio soloist, and has performed Mozart’s Requiem (Penrith Symphony Orchestra), JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Operantics), Stainer’s Crucifixion, (St Stephen’s Uniting Church), Durante’s Missa in C, Vivaldi’s Magnificat (Central Coast Chorale), Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary (St Stephen’s Uniting Church), Handel’s Messiah (Manly-Warringah Choral Society) Haydn’s Nelson Mass (Manly-Warringah Choral Society), as well as with Moorambilla Voices of which he is a proud alumnus.
Nathan’s operatic roles include Odoardo in Handel's Ariodante (Apollo Opera Collective), and Il Podestà di Lagerona in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera (Operantics), and he has toured regionally with Voci Stupende bringing opera to regional and rural areas. Most recently, Nathan performed with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Opera Carnivale as ‘Captain John Woolcot’ in a Spiegeltent adaptation of Seven Little Australians.
In 2018, Nathan toured Tasmania as a part of an operatic tour with Simon Kenway and stars of Australian Opera, Peter Coleman-Wright AO and Cheryl Barker AO, and through his scholarship with Pacific Opera, travelled to Germany as one of four young Australian artists to participate in an intensive networking and performance program facilitated by the German Embassy in Australia.
A motivated and passionate musician, Alex Byrne shows great promise as an upcoming pianist.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Piano Performance (Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane), Alex has worked predominately as a choral conductor, accompanist, repetiteur and piano tuner. After graduating, Alex travelled to Europe, participated in an Opera Summer School in Italy as a rehearsal pianist, accompanied students from The Royal College, The Royal Academy and Guildhall School and worked as a repetiteur for St. Monica’s Players.
Extremely passionate about collaborating with singers, Alex moved to Melbourne in February to study a MMus in Opera Performance at the University of Melbourne. Alex also shows interest in developing music programs (especially choral), believing that all children should have access to music education from an early age.
Born in South Korea, Eun-Jung Byun is an intelligent and accomplished musician who has already established herself in Australian music scene as a leading member of the new generation of professional collaborative pianists. She is currently on staff for the Voice and Opera division at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Sydney. She completed both her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in piano accompaniment. Eun-Jung has performed in partnership with many leading Australian and international performers and has also appeared in prestigious concert venues in Australia and abroad.
Eun-Jung is thrilled to be returning to Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song 2019 and looking forward to another week of inspiring program.
Shania Eliassen is an Australian/ Norwegian Soprano who completed her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) under the tutelage of Fiona McAndrew in 2018.
During Shania’s time at WAAPA she was a member of Micheál McCarthy’s Eneksis choir and WAAPA's oratorio chorus, having been involved in their annual concert at St. Mary's Cathedral since she began at the university in 2015. She performed the role of La Fée in Massenet's Cendrillon, and was in the chorus of Poulenc's Les mamelles de Tirésias and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, in which she had two featured solos. She was also a featured soloist in the original Cabaret Carnivale in 2017, and was featured again in Music Hall to Cabaret in 2018. In 2018 she won 5 divisions at the North of Perth Music Festival, and was awarded Most Outstanding Senior Vocalist.
Shania has dreamed of being an opera singer since she was six years old and hopes to move to Europe in the next couple of years to complete a Masters degree to make that dream a reality.
James Emerson is a Bass-Baritone, who has performed in professional productions with Victorian Opera and Opera Australia. At only twenty-one years, James has won awards from many Eisteddfods and competitions, and recently was a finalist in the National Liederfest competition. As well as this, James is a chorister, cantor and guest artist with various choirs throughout Melbourne, such as the Victoria Chorale, Box Hill Chorale, The Melbourne Singers, Maroondah Singers and the Melbourne Bach Choir.
James has been generously awarded various prizes from competitions such as the Ringwood and West Gippsland Eisteddfods, the Royal Philharmonic’s Oratorio Competition and the annual Vocal Scholarship from both the Maroondah Singers and the Melbourne Singers Inc. As well as this, James was a recipient of the Melbourne Bach Choir’s Choral Scholarship program in 2018.
In 2017, James was involved in Victorian Opera’s Youth production of Copland’s The Second Hurricane and played the role of Gyp. More recently, James was involved in the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song and was awarded the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Scholarship. James also was a chorus member in Victorian Opera’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal.
In 2019, James made his debut as a soloist in the Melbourne Recital Centre with the Melbourne Bach Choir’s performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion where he performed the roles of Peter, The High Priest and the 1st Priest. The Age stated that “bass-baritone James Emerson enjoyed a laudable debut in handling the second bass’s responsibilities”.
James is currently completing his Honours year of a Bachelor of Music, specialising in Classical Voice and Performance at The University of Melbourne and is aiming to pursue a career as a professional singer who is able to sing all types of vocal repertoire.
Sydney born baritone Tristan Entwistle recently completed a Masters of Music Studies (Opera Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Ms Maree Ryan AM, where he was awarded the Bud Brown Memorial and Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarships.
Tristan’s operatic roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Leporello (Don Giovanni), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Barone Douphol (La Traviata), Dottor Grenvil (La Traviata), Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus), Elder McLean (Susannah), Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park), Old Yue (Chang’E and the Moon), Giove (La Calisto), the Drunken Poet/Corydon (The Fairy Queen), Alcindoro (La Traviata), Old Man/Husband (Miss Brill) and Giuseppe Palmieri (The Gondoliers).
With a passion for new music, Tristan has been involved in a number of Australian premieres, including Mansfield Park (Dove), Miss Brill (Hoadley), Chang’E and the Moon (Fox), Gentlemen’s Island (Horovitz – Director/MD), and Luzifers Tanz (Stockhausen).
Tristan is a founding member and artistic advisor to Operantics, with whom he has been a performer, director, composer and conductor. Most recently he performed the part of Christus in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, for which he was also chorusmaster.
Tristan was a finalist in the 2017 German Australian Opera Grant, and in the 2018 IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition (“The Mathy”). He currently performs with the Opera Australia chorus.
Chloe Harris, mezzo soprano, has graduated with first class honours from the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) majoring in performance. She is continuing her training in the Masters of Music Opera Performance course in 2019, under the tutelage of Roxane Hislop. Chloe was awarded The Opera Foundation for young Australians Dalwood-Wylie American Institute of Musical Studies Award & AIMS Sundell Study Award for 2018, participating in the AIMS Summer School in Graz, Austria, and then subsequent study in Vienna. This year, Chloe has been accepted into the Richard Divall Emerging Artists Programme with Melbourne Opera.
Chloe has been awarded for her efforts at the Conservatorium of Music with the Mona McCaughey - The Elise Weiderman scholarship, Murray Ormond Vagg scholarship, Muriel Cheek scholarship and Walter Kirby scholarship. Chloe was accepted as the recipient of the Sleath Lowrey Scholarship for 2017.
Chloe was an Acclaim Awards finalist for 2017 and 2018, taking part in Masterclasses with Italian soprano Valeria Esposito. In 2018, she workshopped excerpts of Dorabella with Lyric Opera of Melbourne's Director Workshops. Chloe has been a part of the Opera Scholars Australia program for 2 years, and was selected as the Scholar of the Year for the 2019 season and recipient of the Betty Amsden Scholarship. She played the role of ‘Nancy’ in The Conservatorium of Music March 2019 Opera, Albert Herring, and performed with Victorian Opera in their production, ‘Alice through the Opera Glass’ earlier this year.
Jordina is a Choral Scholar with Christ Church South Yarra under the direction of Michael Fulcher, and sings regularly as a soloist and in choirs in the church music circuit around Melbourne as well as other professional engagements. Jordina holds a Bachelor of Music(Hons) from Monash University and her Licentiate in singing.
Jordina has participated in the WAAPA International artsong Festivals each year since 2014In Perth where she has performed in masterclasses with Dr Graham Johnson and other master teachers including Dame Felicity Lott , Dennis O'Neill and at the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Artsong with Stephen Varcoe. Other recent performances include soprano soloist in Bach’s St John Passion and Haydn’s Nelson Mass under the direction of Michael Fulcher. Jordina has also performed soprano solo for Handel’s Messiah in Port Fairy, and as soloist at the Monash Carols by Candlelight.
Jordina was a finalist in the 12th International Competition for Blind and Partially SightedMusicians in Prague, finalist for the Music Society of Victoria's Armstead Singing Award (2010), the 2012 recipient of the Maroondah Singers Memorial Scholarship and a finalist in the 2013 National Liederfest at which she received the Merlyn Quaife Award. In addition to her performance schedule, Jordina has taught singing in secondary schools, she is the Music teacher at the Statewide Vision Resource Centre and a Braille Music Transcriber for Vision Australia.
Hamish James is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium under the tutelage of Dr. Michael Halliwell and is a recipient of the Bud Brown Scholarship. He is also an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera.
Hamish performed as the Tenor Soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor with the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony orchestra and Choir. Opera roles include Oebalus in Mozart's Apollo and Hyacinthus in 2018 as well as the chorus for the Sydney Conservatorium Opera production of Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias(2018) and Die Zauberflöte (2017). Other concert engagements include Tenor Soloist in Mosman Symphony Chorus performance of Durante's Magnificat as well as in Peter Maxwell Davies’s poignant cabaret work, Yellow Cake Review at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Singing as a boy soprano at a young age, Hamish discovered his passion for singing through the St Andrew’s Cathedral choir where he was also appointed head chorister and performed frequently as a soloist.
Sydney-based accompanist David Jenkin, was born in New Zealand, and moved to Australia in 2007 to study at the Queensland Conservatorium. He completed Bachelors and Masters degrees in Brisbane, and was awarded numerous prizes for both solo and collaborative playing.
David moved to London in 2013 to study Piano Accompaniment with Michael Dussek and James Baillieu at the Royal Academy of Music. While in London, he was involved in a wide variety of musical activities, ranging from Chamber Tots Children’s Music Program at Wigmore Hall, playing in the Academy’s Manson Ensemble, and giving recitals with instrumentalists and vocalists in many venues across London. David completed his studies at the Academy in June 2015 and was awarded a Master of Arts with Distinction.
Since returning to Australia, David has been part of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, formed a new chamber music ensemble - The Taimana Ensemble, been a finalist in the Geoffrey Parsons Award, and has worked at the Queensland Conservatorium as an accompanist for the string and vocal departments. He is currently employed at Knox Grammar School.
As an accompanist David has played for classes given by Maxim Vengerov, Susan Bullock, Peter Bruns, Jonathan Dove and Sung-Won Yang and as a chamber musician has been involved in lessons with members of the Takács and Endellion Quartets.
Jack Jordan is a classical singer with over 10 years of vocal training. He commenced his vocal studies as a chorister with the Australian Boys Choral Institute. He is now working at the institute as a tutor for the young musicians.
Jack has performed extensively as a choral singer throughout Australia and abroad. Last year, Jack sung with The Hamer Singers lead by Artistic Director Jonathan Grieves-Smith. Currently, Jack is a member of The Vocal Consort, St James Old Cathedral Voices, The Reveles Quartet, and is also a scholarship recipient for the University of Melbourne All Staff Choir. To compliment his choral endeavours, Jack was accepted into the Victorian Opera Youth Chorus Ensemble (VOYCE) in 2017. Through VOYCE, he worked under the guidance of Angus Grant. This involvement has been instrumental to his performing career. With the Victorian Opera, his recent stage credits include The Magic Pudding, Bowman (2018), William Tell, Rossini (2018) and Parsifal, Wagner (2019).
Alongside this, Jack is currently completing his second year of studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Patricia Price. With the conservatorium Jack has been lucky enough to perform in their Vivaldi Gloria Project (2018) as well as being a featured soloist with the Vocal Ensemble and the Early Voices Group. This year, Jack was honoured to receive the Joan Arnold & Bettine McCaughan Memorial Encouragement Award at the Liederfest competition. Jack is thrilled to have been given the opportunity to perform in the MIFLAS 2019 program.
Dominic Lui is a young tenor completing his final year of a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Andrew Dalton.
This year he holds a place as an Associate Young Artist with Pacific Opera. He has performed extensively with Pacific Opera including as a soloist in their Opera Scenes and Mother’s Day concerts and with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Dominic performed in the ensemble of the Sydney Conservatorium’s production of Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias (2018) and Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (2017). He has also sung in the Wollongong Spiegeltent as a featured artist in a Kurt Weill cabaret for Opera Carnivale as well as in I Pagliacci (Opera Carnivale) in 2017.
A highlight of 2018 was the opportunity to sing in the ensemble for Broadway legend, Patti Lupone’s, touring concert, ‘Don’t Monkey with Broadway’ at the Sydney Opera house. In 2017, Dominic sang the tenor solo from Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes op. 52 in the Illawarra Choral society’s 50th-anniversary concert. He has since performed with them again as a featured artist.
Alexandra Mathew holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, and has completed studies in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of Music, London. Recently, Alexandra premiered Andrew Anderson’s song cycle Songs of Sleep at the Pilgrim Church in Adelaide; Hugh Crosthwaite’s song cycle Metamorphoses at the Melbourne Recital Centre; appeared as soloist with the Mornington Peninsula Welsh Ladies Choir; and performed with the Melbourne Pops Orchestra in BBC Planet Earth II at the Melbourne Convention Centre. Other recent highlights include appearances as alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Reinhard Keiser’s Weihnachtsoratorium, and Handel’s La Lucrezia; and a tour of China with the Australian International Opera Company.
Other premiere performances include the first Australian performance of Ola Gjieilo’s Dreamweaver; Andrew Anderson’s song cycle In Black Ink; the roles of ‘Sister Teresa’ in Luke Cummins’s opera Timor and ‘Toy sailor’ in Na’ama Zisser’s opera Black Sand; and Joel M. Baldwin’s Bow and Baleno at the National Gallery, London. In 2016 Alexandra was awarded an inaugural scholarship to sing with the Melbourne Bach Choir, and she has been the recipient of scholarships from the Opus 50 Trust and prize winner at the Diamond Valley, Warragul, and B’nai B’rith eisteddfods.
Alexandra is also a musicologist, and has completed a Master of Music (Musicology) at the University of Melbourne, researching Benjamin Britten’s music for Kathleen Ferrier. Her writing has appeared in Australian Book Review, Context musicological journal, Limelight, CutCommon, and Collections magazine.
In 2018 Alexandra participated in MIFLAS as a duo with soprano Jenna Roubos, and this year looks forward to participating as a soloist.
Isaac Mouskovias is an accompanist, repetiteur, and piano technique specialist based in Melbourne. As a precocious young pianist, Isaac began working professionally as an accompanist at the age of 14, under the guidance of career accompanist and teacher, Catherine Hall. And as a classical vocalist himself, Isaac quickly discovered an affinity for vocal accompaniment. At 16, Isaac was accepted into a Bachelor of Music, and during this study, continued to work full time as a freelance accompanist and teacher seeing over 40 students per week, as well as composing, and musical directing shows. In this time, Isaac also passed his Associate Diploma in Piano Performance with a distinction, making him the first pianist in 10 years in South Australia to achieve this grade. Soon after, Isaac continued his piano studies with Eleonora Sivan.
In early 2017, Isaac packed up his life in Adelaide and made the move to Melbourne. After a two year stay, Isaac recently left his tenured accompanist position at Brighton Grammar School to expand on his freelance career. Alongside freelancing, Isaac is enjoying his new repetiteur positions at Mentone Girls' Grammar, and St Margaret's School, as well as being an accompanist for the Australian Children's Choir.
As a passionate educator of the piano, Isaac aims to create pianists who play with their mind, heart, and body in co-ordination, and through his teachings based on the Taubman approach, ensures they play with absolute freedom and beauty of tone. At present, Isaac runs a "Technique Clinic" from his home in St Kilda East, where he takes students on a casual basis who require aid with issues with their technique, and also helps pianists who are recovering from playing related injury. Isaac also holds undergraduate qualifications in piano accompaniment, a certificate in vocal science, and post-graduate qualifications in instrumental pedagogy. Currently, Isaac is working towards sitting his AMusA in classical voice.
Emelia began accompanying at the age of 13, filling in last minute as the accompanist for her school’s chamber choir in the Sydney Eisteddfod. Since then, she has accompanied singers and instrumentalists for various concerts, recordings, eisteddfodau, and exams and has performed in piano duos. With duo partner, violinist Matthew Tsalidis, she has performed works including sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven, Franck, and Mozart in concerts in Sydney and for the Camden Music Society.
Emelia has also worked as a repetiteur, including for last year’s rehearsals and performances of Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney’s production of Ruddigore.
As a soloist, Emelia is a seasoned performer, having given public performances since the age of 11 and has won various prizes at eisteddfodau. She also performed live on 2MBS radio at age 15 for the Younger Performer of the Year award.
Emelia completed a degree in Musicology from Sydney University and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music whilst studying piano privately with Elizabeth Green. She is soon to begin a Masters degree in Piano Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
Aidan is a young bass in his second year of studies of a Bachelor of Music Performance majoring in classical voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is under the guidance of Andrew Dalton.
Aidan currently holds the choral bass scholarship at the Choir of St. James in Sydney where he has taken part in many concerts and services. He was a part of many musical productions whilst in school, both as an ensemble member and as a minor lead, and recently took part in a production of ‘Pinocchio’ produced by the new opera company, Musgrove Opera, with fellow university students.
Lisha Ooi (mezzo soprano) is in her second year of a Bachelor of Biomedicine and Diploma of Music in Classical Voice with the University of Melbourne. She started singing under the tutelage of Khoo Hooi Lay and has since fallen in love with the instrument. Though classical voice is her main love, she has studied piano, flute, violin, and has been involved in many choirs, ensembles, and shows. Over the past few years, she has performed in Victorian Opera Productions including “The Pied Piper” (2016), “Cunning Little Vixen” (2017) and “Parsifal” (2019). Outside of ensemble work, Lisha has been a guest artist for the Penang Philharmonic Orchestra for Parlami d’amour (2016) and for the University of Melbourne Wind Symphony (2019). She was the winner of the 35th National Liederfest for under 18s (2016), and was awarded “Best Diction and Understanding of the German Language”.
Now studying under Patricia Price at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Lisha hopes further her prospects in voice whilst juggling her responsibilities as a Biomedical student.
Alessia is currently completing her final year of her Bachelor of Music under Fiona McAndrew.
During her time at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts, she has performed in a variety of settings, including as soloist for the Mozart Requiem, and excerpts from Gerald Finzi’s ‘Dies Natalis’ under the musical direction of Paul Wright. Alessia has also performed as the stepsister Noémie In Massenet’s “Cendrillon” directed by Thomas de Mallet-Burgess. She has been lucky enough to be participate in masterclasses with Gregory Yurisich, Brad Cohen, and Lynne Dawson, as well as with Stephen Varcoe and Graham Johnson at the Melbourne International Festival of Lieder and Art Song.
Mezzo Soprano Lucy Schiller graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne in 2015, having previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and English Literature.
Having loved singing from an early age, she started vocal lessons as a teenager, after switching from the violin. In 2018 Lucy was a contestant on The Talent which was broadcast live on 3mbs. She has worked with acclaimed New York director Chuck Hudson in a week long series of masterclasses and has participated in several Song Makers Australia master classes, in which participants were able to showcase their work at Horti Hall.
Lucy is currently studying German at the Goethe Institut in Melbourne and hopes to study further overseas.
Lucy Schneider is a dedicated young artist who has recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Music, Vocal Performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Performing the title role of Cinderella, in Massenet’s opera Cendrillon in October of 2018, she had her operatic debut in 2016 playing the lead role of Dido in Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas through WAAPA. Whilst studying she also performed in Poulenc’s Le mammelle de Tiresias as well as Mozart’s Requiem, and a number of Cabaret shows and musical theatre productions including Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, The Mikado, Oklahoma and Cats. This year Lucy performed in the Perth Fringe Festival in Holst’s chamber opera Savitri and achieved much success at the recent Fremantle Eisteddfod placing first in the Lieder and Art Song categories, as well as winning the Open Aria Award and the Zenith Music Perpetual Trophy for Outstanding Vocalist. Over the coming years she hopes to further her classical training, pursuing a career on the Operatic scene.
Kate Wilmot studied music in South Africa. She holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from The University of the Witwatersrand. Kate was a principle artist for Spier Arts Trust/ Broomhill Opera Cape Town and Promusica Opera Roodeport, South Africa.
Since relocating to Australia in 2009 Kate has sung as a guest artist for The Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation, Arts Bundanoon, Opera New England, The Southern Highlands Opera Appreciation Group and The Illawarra Choral Society performing Mozart’s Requiem (2012), Vivaldi’s Gloria (2013) and Faure’s Requiem (2017). Kate has been the recipient of the Doris Smith Memorial trophy for English Art Song (2010 Wollongong Eisteddfod), the Mary Jane Cordery Memorial Award for Lieder (2014 Wollongong Eisteddfod) and the Regional winner of the Opera Section of the Wollongong Eisteddfod (2014).Roles for Rockdale Opera Company include Juno, Orpheus in the Underworld (2016); Ludmilla, The Bartered Bride (2016); Fiametta, The Gondoliers (2017) and Alms Sister, Suor Angelica (2017). Kate has also been a principle for Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney where she performed the role of Rose Maybud in their 2018 production of Ruddigore.
In 2018 Kate was a Guest artist for the opening of the 12th Eutick Memorial Still Life Award at the contemporary Artspace in Wollongong. Kate is a member of Pacific Opera’s Adjunct singer’s programme.
Alison Wong is a soprano pursuing an undergraduate degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore, where she studies with Alan Bennett.
Having cultivated an interest in vocal music from singing in school choirs, Alison has performed in the choruses of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte with the Singapore Pocket Opera Theatre, and Haydn’s Creation with the International Festival Chorus.
In school, Alison has been coached by Allen Henderson and Eduardo Chama. She performed a selection of early Italian monody with lutenist Jonas Nordberg, and most recently sung the role of Laurie in scenes from Copland’s The Tender Land.
Alison is particularly fond of oratorio and sacred works, especially those of Bach and Haydn. She enjoys roller coaster rides and walks in the countryside.
Kian asked his parents if he could play the piano at the age of 8. Over the years his love for chamber music has made him a regular guest of private and public events organized by the Amateur Chamber Music Society (ACMS). He accompanies instrumentalists and singers in concerts and exams and is sought for his ability to sight read music.
Kian is regularly accepted to participate in international collaborative piano workshops, including the Juilliard Evening Division piano workshop held at the Juilliard School in New York City, the pianoSonoma Festival in Sonoma, California and the AlpenKammerMusik festival in Austria (2019). Kian has performed in masterclasses with renowned artists Peter Dugan, Michael Shinn and Alfredo Zanazzo.
Kian obtained an A.Mus A, studying with Paul Virag, and obtained his L.Mus A and Dip.ABRSM (Distinction) while studying with Rachel Valler OAM.
In 2014, Kian was the pianist in the world premier performance of Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Breakfast Suite, a composition for piano quartet, at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney. In 2015, Kian accompanied Mark Pearson and other singers in a fundraising event for the Animal Justice Party. Kian was a guest artist in clarinettist Dr. Andrew Kennedy’s concert - Le Voyageur Sans Baggage - in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. Kian often performs with violist Michelle Urquhart in her concert series in Mosman, and has made a recording of Nino Rota’s Intermezzo with her.
June 30 - July 5, 2019 Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School