Games of Love and Chance, Victorian Opera
“…Roxane Hislop delighted with Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse from Samson et Delilah”.
Peter Burch, The Australian, March 2014
The Dream of Gerontius – Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
“Roxane Hislop, ever reliable and radiating musicianship in every note, made a glowing presence of the Angel’s line, giving the role just enough dramatic bite.”
Clive O’Connell | The Age | October 4 2011
Les Enfants et les Sortileges – Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
“Roxane Hislop positively commanded the stage, vocal assurance coupling with understated wit, particularly in the delicious feline foreplay of Duo miuale.
Eamonn Kelly | The Australian | December 4 2006
Rigoletto – Melbourne Opera
“Alone among the principal singers, Roxane Hislop provided a completely compelling stage presence, matched by a beautiful voice in the role of Maddalena, a role that has previously won her a Green Room Association Award.”
Peter Burch | The Australian | June 7 2004
Roxane Hislop is one of Australia’s most respected and accomplished Mezzo Sopranos. She is a graduate of Sydney University, the NSW Conservatorium of Music and holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from RMIT University in Melbourne. Her awards include the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Inaugural AIMS Scholarship, the Dame Mabel Brooks Scholarship and the Sydney Sun Aria Award, and she also represented Australia at the National finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York. She was also awarded the Victorian Green Room Award for best female artist in a supporting role for her performances as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Olga in Eugene Onegin.
In 2017 Roxane will return to Victorian Opera to perform Teresa in La Sonnambula in concert at Hamer Hall, and Opera Queensland to perform the role of Dame Hannah in Ruddigore.
2016 saw Roxane reprise the role of Rossweisse in Die Walküre in Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle, as well as cover Erda in Das Rheingold and Flosshilde and First Norn. Other recent performances include Guest Soloist in Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s (Not) The Last Night of the Proms, Guest Soloist in Victorian Opera’s Proms Concert Games of Love and Chance, and the role of Mrs Herring in Albert Herring for Opera Australia in Sydney.
Roxane made her operatic debut with Opera Australia as Nancy in Albert Herring. Since then, she has performed over 50 different roles for that company, including the title roles in Carmen and La Pericole, as well as Dalila (Samson et Dalila), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Medoro (Orlando), Siegrune (Die Walküre), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Countess Stasi (The Gypsy Princess), Flora (La Traviata), Hippolyta (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), Gertrude (Roméo and Juliette), Meg Page (Falstaff), Emilia (Otello), Mistress Bentson ((Lakmé) and Grace (Love in the Age of Therapy) for OzOpera at the 2002 Melbourne and 2003 Sydney Festivals.
Roxane has appeared with all the major Australian opera companies. For Victorian Opera her roles include the Stepmother in the Cinderella pantomime, Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro), Third Lady (The Magic Flute), multiple roles in the new opera Midnight Son, Geertje Dircx (Rembrandt’s Wife), Dryad (Ariadne auf Naxos), Amastre (Xerxes), Jocasta (Oedipus Rex) in concert, as well as the roles of June/Queen in The Love of the Nightingale by Richard Mills for Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera respectively. Further roles at Opera Queensland include Cornelia (Julius Caesar), Flora (La Traviata) and Maddalena (Rigoletto). At West Australian Opera Roxane performed the title role in Carmen, Flora (La Traviata) and Lady Angela (Patience). For the State Opera of South Australia she has sung Gertrude (Hansel and Gretel), the Voice from Above, Second Squire and a Flower maiden in Parsifal. She also sang Suzuki (Madama Butterfly) and Maddalena (Rigoletto) for Melbourne Opera and Marcellina for Opera under the Stars at Brisbane Festival.
Her extensive concert engagements include Emilia in Otello and the roles of la tasse, la chatte, la bergère and l'écureuil in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the West Australian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras; The Dream of Gerontius, Elijah and Messiah with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic; Missa Solemnis, A Jewish Chronicle and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with Melbourne Chorale; an aria concert and Messiah for Queensland Symphony; Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with Sydney Philharmonia; Opera Under The Stars in Broome; a recital in Musica Viva’s Coffee Concert series; extracts from Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Unseen at the Melbourne Festival; and St. Catherine in Honegger's Joan of Arc for the Melbourne Spoleto Festival; and Victorian Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Opera Showcase at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Roxane is in increasing demand for master classes and as an adjudicator and judge both nationally and internationally having recently been on the panel for the Lexus Song Quest in New Zealand, The Melbourne Herald Sun Aria Competition, and the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship. For the past decade Miss Hislop has combined her performing career with a passion for teaching and is presently a sessional teacher at both The University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and Monash University School of Music. Miss Hislop also serves on several Music Boards including the Australian International Opera Awards and Lyric Opera of Melbourne where she is also on the Board of Directors.