Senior Vocal

Convenor

Jill Page OAM
jillbpage@gmail.com
0412 161 399

Our next competition will be Saturday 24 August, Sunday 25 August and Tuesday 27 August 2024 The City of Kingston Arias from Grand Opera.

Competitors requiring the official accompanist MUST contact the accompanist at least 21 DAYS prior to their performance

​It is not acceptable to present your music on the day of performance.

​COMPETITORS will be required to complete an entrants copyright form. Without a completed form, which will be kept by the eisteddfod, the entrant cannot perform.

​Adjudicator

Roxane Hislop

Accompanist

Isaac Mouskovias

Isaac.mouskovias@gmail.com

​Venue

Kingston Arts Centre

History

Senior Classical Vocal was a mainstay of the Mordialloc Eisteddfod, which then became Eisteddfod by the Bay.

The section is held at The Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin, which was the former Moorabbin Council Chambers. The small intimate theatre provides a perfect performance space for vocalists and performers.

Many winners and place-getters of Senior Vocal have been successful in winning the prestigious Herald / Sun Aria and before that, The Sun Aria.  Among these are Austin Haynes, Blake Fisher, Kate Amos, Ruth Blythman, Lisa Anne Robinson, Kristy Swift, Stacey Alleaume and Kathryn Radcliffe.

Main Awards

​THE CITY OF KINGSTON ARIA FROM GRAND OPERA

​THE GABRIELLE ROBERTS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
An Aggregate Award in memory of Gabrielle Roberts, a classical singer and member of the former Bayside Eisteddfod

We acknowledge the support of Jane Crowe in sponsoring this award 

THE MIRIAM VERNON MEMORIAL AWARD
for Sacred Solo or Oratorio

The Kath Eason Senior Vocal Perpetual Award – Lieder

The Kath Eason Senior vocal Perpetual Award – The City of Kingston Aria From Grand Opera

​GILBERT AND SULLIVAN COMIC OPERA PRIZE 
Sponsored by Diana Burleigh

Adjudicators

2024 – Roxane Hislop

2023 – Carrie Barr

Carrie is one of Australia’s most versatile performers in Opera and Music Theatre with a career spanning over the last 30 years. She has established herself as a vocal teacher and mentor to many young professional singers and University Graduates and Masters students at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Melbourne passing on her many years of professional experience and solid vocal technique.

Carrie’s Opera Australia credits include performing in ‘Turandot’, ‘King Roger, Cav/Pag, ‘Carmen’, ‘Gotterdammerung’, ‘La Boheme’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘The Pearl Fishers’, ‘Elixir of Love’,’Turandot’, ‘Don Pasquale’ (Tokyo), ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Aida’, ‘Otello’, ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘Marriage of Figaro’, ‘Tosca’, ‘Don Carlo’, ‘Faust’, ‘Un Ballo’, ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘The Rake’s Progress’, ‘Lakme’, ‘Mozart’s Requiem’, ‘The Gondolier’s’, ‘HMAS Pinafore/Trial by Jury’, ‘Mikado’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (VO & OA) ‘Die Fledermaus’ and ‘Software’ & ‘The Sound Garden’ for Oz Opera School’s Co.
Victoria Opera credits include ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ (Celeste 2/Elaine) ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Young Lucy) and ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (Isabel), S.A. Opera credits include ‘Orpheus and Euridice’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ (Co Opera Adelaide).

Carrie has played many leading roles in Australian productions including ‘Les Miserables (Cosette)’, ‘Cats’ (Jellylorum), Mary Poppins (Annie/Bird Woman/Mrs
Brill cover) ‘Hair’ (Sheila), ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ (Gloria), ‘The Dusty Springfield Story’ (Dusty’s Alter Ego), ‘Ain’t Necessarily Rowe’, ‘Hey Hey It’s Cinderella’, ‘Nine’, ‘Crusade The Concert’ (Catherine), ‘The King of Country’ (Vicki), ‘Metro Street’ (Sue Barnes), ‘Nostrodamas’ (Marie Nostrodamas), ‘Sideshow Alley’ (Cleo-Snake Charmer), ‘Jerry Springer the Opera’ (Baby Jane cover) and ‘Carousel'(Carrie), where she won a Green Room award for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’ for her role as Carrie.

Carrie was musical director and pianist for Shaun McCallef’s show “The Pleasure of Their Co.” which also won ‘Best Comedy Show’ for the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards.

Her TV credits include the character of Jenny McKenna in Neighbour’s from 2005 – 2006. Carrie was also a regular singer on ‘Good Morning Australia’ with Bert
Newton and sang on ‘The Ray Martin Midday Show’. Her voice was heard every Sunday for 2 years on the opening and closing credits of “The Sunday Arts Program’.

In 2020, Carrie will be performing in Madame Butterfly, Lohengrin and Atilla with Opera Australia for their Autumn season in Melbourne.

2022 – Suzanne Johnston

A uniquely versatile artist, Suzanne Johnston frequently appeared on opera, concert and recital stages throughout Australia, as well as in music theatre, cabaret and television. With the Victoria State Opera and Opera Australia (formerly The Australian Opera) she performed over 30 roles in opera, G&S operettas and music theatre, including Eliza in the VSO’s hugely successful production of My Fair Lady, opposite Anthony Warlow, and the page Urbain in Dame Joan Sutherland’s farewell Australian season of Les Huguenots.

Internationally, Suzanne made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1989, then appeared as Dorabella opposite Renee Fleming’s Fiordiligi, in Trevor Nunn’s production of Cosi fan Tutte for the 1991 and 1992 Glyndebourne Festival Opera under both Sir Simon Rattle and Bruno Weil.

Suzanne has received many accolades, including an ARIA for the CD Perfect Strangers, with Judi Connelli, The Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award for Operatic Performance of the Year; a MO Award (now known as The Helpmann Awards), Churchill Fellowship, and four Green Room Awards.

She toured Australia as one of The 3 Divas, with Judi Connelli and Jennifer McGregor and performed a season of cabaret in New York with Judi Connelli,

Equally at home on the concert platform, Suzanne has performed a wide variety of repertoire with the Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. She has several times been a guest artist on the nationally televised Carols in the Domain and Carols by Candlelight, toured for Musica Viva, and frequently performed with the Australian Pops Orchestra.

Suzanne is a highly respected adjudicator and examiner, currently runs a successful private teaching studio and is an associate voice teacher at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.

2021 – Carrie Barr

Carrie is one of Australia’s most versatile performers in Opera and Music Theatre with a career spanning over the last 30 years. She has established herself as a vocal teacher and mentor to many young professional singers and University Graduates and Masters students at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Melbourne passing on her many years of professional experience and solid vocal technique.

Carrie’s Opera Australia credits include performing in ‘Turandot’, ‘King Roger, Cav/Pag, ‘Carmen’, ‘Gotterdammerung’, ‘La Boheme’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘The Pearl Fishers’, ‘Elixir of Love’,’Turandot’, ‘Don Pasquale’ (Tokyo), ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Aida’, ‘Otello’, ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘Marriage of Figaro’, ‘Tosca’, ‘Don Carlo’, ‘Faust’, ‘Un Ballo’, ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘The Rake’s Progress’, ‘Lakme’, ‘Mozart’s Requiem’, ‘The Gondolier’s’, ‘HMAS Pinafore/Trial by Jury’, ‘Mikado’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (VO & OA) ‘Die Fledermaus’ and ‘Software’ & ‘The Sound Garden’ for Oz Opera School’s Co.
Victoria Opera credits include ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ (Celeste 2/Elaine) ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Young Lucy) and ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (Isabel), S.A. Opera credits include ‘Orpheus and Euridice’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ (Co Opera Adelaide).

Carrie has played many leading roles in Australian productions including ‘Les Miserables (Cosette)’, ‘Cats’ (Jellylorum), Mary Poppins (Annie/Bird Woman/Mrs
Brill cover) ‘Hair’ (Sheila), ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ (Gloria), ‘The Dusty Springfield Story’ (Dusty’s Alter Ego), ‘Ain’t Necessarily Rowe’, ‘Hey Hey It’s Cinderella’, ‘Nine’, ‘Crusade The Concert’ (Catherine), ‘The King of Country’ (Vicki), ‘Metro Street’ (Sue Barnes), ‘Nostrodamas’ (Marie Nostrodamas), ‘Sideshow Alley’ (Cleo-Snake Charmer), ‘Jerry Springer the Opera’ (Baby Jane cover) and ‘Carousel'(Carrie), where she won a Green Room award for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’ for her role as Carrie.

Carrie was musical director and pianist for Shaun McCallef’s show “The Pleasure of Their Co.” which also won ‘Best Comedy Show’ for the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards.

Her TV credits include the character of Jenny McKenna in Neighbour’s from 2005 – 2006. Carrie was also a regular singer on ‘Good Morning Australia’ with Bert
Newton and sang on ‘The Ray Martin Midday Show’. Her voice was heard every Sunday for 2 years on the opening and closing credits of “The Sunday Arts Program’.

In 2020, Carrie will be performing in Madame Butterfly, Lohengrin and Atilla with Opera Australia for their Autumn season in Melbourne.

2020 – Carrie Barr

Carrie is one of Australia’s most versatile performers in Opera and Music Theatre with a career spanning over the last 30 years. She has established herself as a vocal teacher and mentor to many young professional singers and University Graduates and Masters students at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Melbourne passing on her many years of professional experience and solid vocal technique.

Carrie’s Opera Australia credits include performing in ‘Turandot’, ‘King Roger, Cav/Pag, ‘Carmen’, ‘Gotterdammerung’, ‘La Boheme’, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘The Pearl Fishers’, ‘Elixir of Love’,’Turandot’, ‘Don Pasquale’ (Tokyo), ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, ‘Aida’, ‘Otello’, ‘Madame Butterfly’, ‘Marriage of Figaro’, ‘Tosca’, ‘Don Carlo’, ‘Faust’, ‘Un Ballo’, ‘The Merry Widow’, ‘The Rake’s Progress’, ‘Lakme’, ‘Mozart’s Requiem’, ‘The Gondolier’s’, ‘HMAS Pinafore/Trial by Jury’, ‘Mikado’, ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (VO & OA) ‘Die Fledermaus’ and ‘Software’ & ‘The Sound Garden’ for Oz Opera School’s Co.
Victoria Opera credits include ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ (Celeste 2/Elaine) ‘Sweeney Todd’ (Young Lucy) and ‘Pirates of Penzance’ (Isabel), S.A. Opera credits include ‘Orpheus and Euridice’, ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Magic Flute’ (Co Opera Adelaide).

Carrie has played many leading roles in Australian productions including ‘Les Miserables (Cosette)’, ‘Cats’ (Jellylorum), Mary Poppins (Annie/Bird Woman/Mrs
Brill cover) ‘Hair’ (Sheila), ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ (Gloria), ‘The Dusty Springfield Story’ (Dusty’s Alter Ego), ‘Ain’t Necessarily Rowe’, ‘Hey Hey It’s Cinderella’, ‘Nine’, ‘Crusade The Concert’ (Catherine), ‘The King of Country’ (Vicki), ‘Metro Street’ (Sue Barnes), ‘Nostrodamas’ (Marie Nostrodamas), ‘Sideshow Alley’ (Cleo-Snake Charmer), ‘Jerry Springer the Opera’ (Baby Jane cover) and ‘Carousel'(Carrie), where she won a Green Room award for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’ for her role as Carrie.

Carrie was musical director and pianist for Shaun McCallef’s show “The Pleasure of Their Co.” which also won ‘Best Comedy Show’ for the Adelaide Theatre Guide Awards.

Her TV credits include the character of Jenny McKenna in Neighbour’s from 2005 – 2006. Carrie was also a regular singer on ‘Good Morning Australia’ with Bert
Newton and sang on ‘The Ray Martin Midday Show’. Her voice was heard every Sunday for 2 years on the opening and closing credits of “The Sunday Arts Program’.

In 2020, Carrie will be performing in Madame Butterfly, Lohengrin and Atilla with Opera Australia for their Autumn season in Melbourne.

2019 – Suzanne Johnston

A uniquely versatile artist, Suzanne Johnston has frequently appeared on opera, concert and recital stages throughout Australia, as well as in music theatre, cabaret and television. She made her debut in 1981 with the Victoria State Opera as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus. Her many appearances with that company have included Suzuki (Madam Butterfly),Olga (Eugene Onegin), Dulcinee (Don Quichotte) Siebel (Faust), the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), the Secretary (The Consul), and the title role of Carmen, as well as Eliza in the VSO’s hugely successful production of My Fair Lady, opposite Anthony Warlow.

In 1985 she debuted with Opera Australia (formerly The Australian Opera) as Feodor in Boris Godunov. Since then her roles for the company have included Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Zerlina, Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte), Varvara (Katya Kabanova), Orsini (Lucrezia Borgia) and Urbain in Dame Joan Sutherland’s final season in Australia of Les Huguenots. New productions have included Thisbe (La Cenerentola), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Tessa ( The Gondoliers), Orlofsky, Sesto (Julius Caesar), and the title roles in The Coronation of Poppea, Pericole, Carmen and Der Rosenkavalier.

Suzanne made her international debut in 1989, as Thisbe at the Salzburg Festival. In 1991 and again in 1992, she appeared as Dorabella opposite Renee Fleming’s Fiordiligi, in Trevor Nunn’s new production of Cosi fan Tutte for Glyndebourne Festival Opera under both Sir Simon Rattle and Bruno Weil.

Equally at home on the concert platform, Suzanne has performed a wide variety of repertoire with the Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and Mahler’s Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen with the Nederlands Dance Theatre. She has several times been a guest artist on the nationally televised Carols in the Domain and Carols by Candlelight, toured for Musica Viva, and frequently performed with the Australian Pops Orchestra.

In 1993, Suzanne received the Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award for Operatic Performance of the Year; a MO Award (now known as The Helpmann Awards) for Operatic Performer of the Year , and was granted a Churchill Fellowship. She has since been twice nominated for MO Awards, and has received Green Room Awards for her performances of Rosina, Thisbe, Cherubino.

Her discography includes the ARIA award winning CD “Perfect Strangers” with Judi Connelli and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Hansel and Gretel – both for ABC Classics – and a recording with the Australian Pops Orchestra.. Video recordings include Hansel and Gretel, Les Huguenots, La Cenerentola, The Gondoliers, Fledermaus & Pirates of Penzance

After singing the title role of Carmen at the Sydney Opera House and for the annual outdoor Opera in the Domain series, as well as Stephano (Romeo and Juliet) for Opera Australia in their Sydney and Melbourne seasons, she toured Australia as one of The 3 Divas, with Judi Connelli and Jennifer McGregor.

Following a season of cabaret in New York with Judi Connelli, she returned to Australia for Opera Australia as Orlofsky, followed by the title role of The Gypsy Princess, and Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffman for the company.

In 2003, Suzanne appeared again in the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, for Opera Australia, in Lindy Hume’s inspired production. Later in the year she performed the role of Hermia in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Since then she has sung the role of Fairy Godmother in Richard Gill’s realisation of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty in 2011 & 2012 for Victorian Opera, and played the role of Mrs Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring for the same company in 2012, for which she won her fourth Green Room Award.

Suzanne is now a highly respected adjudicator and examiner, currently runs a successful private teaching practice, and is a sessional voice teacher at Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne.

2018 – Roxane Hislop

Mezzo Soprano

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.

2017 – Roger Lemke

Vocal Teacher and Coach

Roger Lemke is one of Australia’s leading baritones who has achieved the rare success of combining a career as an operatic and music theatre artist as well as a performer on the concert platform.

For almost 30 years, Roger has appeared in leading roles with all of the major opera companies in Australia and New Zealand and music theatre productions including Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables and Cats. He performs as a guest artist in concert with some of the country’s leading orchestras and has appeared on national television broadcasts.

Roger has a great passion for singing and is committed to helping nurture emerging young artists in the early stages of their careers. He is Chairman of the Australian International Opera Awards Music Board (AIOA) and works as a senior adjudicator for a number of vocal competitions across Melbourne and regional Victoria.

In 2016, Roger was appointed alongside Guy Noble (Conductor) and Cheryl Barker AM (Opera Singer) to the adjudication panel of the Opera Foundation Australia Awards. This is one of Australia’s most prestigious Operatic Scholarship programs for young singers awarding a numbers of grants to singers to study internationally.

He currently privately teaches a small select group of young singers and coaches established artists to ensure they continue to refine their technique and maintain their vocal health.

Roger is dedicated to the development of the next generation of Australian singers. He strives to impart his wealth of experience and knowledge, and in providing artistic support, guidance and encouragement to young artists as they pursue

2016 – Tiffany Speight

Soprano

Rinaldo, Rheingau Musik Festival

“Among all the singers, Tiffany Speight displayed breathtaking coloratura with pin-point accuracy…..a thrilling Armida with an effortless top, expansive breath control and engaging presence”

Op-online.de – August 2011

Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Australia

‘Tiffany Speight’s Susanna was appealing and feisty, and she sings with bright rounded clarity and naturalness’
Peter McCallum

Sydney Morning Herald January 2007

“The Pamina, Tiffany Speight, is at the stage of career where her voice is blossoming; her great aria in Act II, ‘Ach, ich fuehl’s’, carries the sweetness and tangy upper register of the young Yvonne Kenny.”
Michael Shmith

The Sunday Age April 2005

The Magic Flute, Opera Australia

“Best of all is Speight’s full-throated Pamina. She brings to the character a full throated richness of tone while being pure and alluring of presence and voice. She is the beating heart of this charming, cool version of Mozart’s masterpiece.”
John Slavin

The Age April 2005 Helpmann and Green Room Award winner, Tiffany Speight, is one of Australia’s sought after soprano’s. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, she has been awarded numerous awards and scholarships that have enabled her to study and perform overseas in numerous countries including Paris, Berlin, UK and Vienna.

Tiffany made her opera debut as Cupid in Semele with the Victorian State Opera and became a Young Artist with the company, where she sang Despina in Così fan tutte. She later joined Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program, performing Juliet in the MODD (Music Opera Dance Drama) production of Roméo et Juliette. Other roles during this time included Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for the Victorian State Opera Education Program, the title roles in Patience, Gigi and The Merry Widow, Frasquita (Carmen), Lillian (Kurt Weill’s Happy End) as well as numerous recitals in Sydney and Melbourne.

Subsequently she has performed with the NBR New Zealand Opera as Musetta (La bohème), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Romilda (Xerxes), Armida in Rinaldo for the Rheingau Music Festival, Opera Under the Stars in Broome, the Castlemaine State Festival, the Prime Minister’s Olympic Dinner, created the female roles in a new production” Who killed Mario Lanza” The Best of British and The Gilbert and Sullivan Show (The Production Company), appeared on the ABC hit TV show “Spicks and Specks” and performed a solo recital for Musica Viva which was broadcast on Classic FM.

Tiffany’s many roles for Opera Australia include Phyllis (Iolanthe), Cherubino and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (also for Opera Queensland), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (also for Opera Queensland), Giannetta (The Gondoliers), Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Ellen (Lakmé), Papagena and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Micaëla and Frasquita (Carmen), Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Green Room award), Yum Yum (The Mikado), Josephine (HMS Pinafore) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) as well as Mimi (La bohème) and Angelica (Orlando) . She has also performed the title role in L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Helpmann Award), Romilda (Xerxes),Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare),Donna Elvira(Don Giovanni), Anne truelove (Rakes Progress) and Pat Nixon ( Nixon in China) for Victorian Opera.

Further concert appearances include performances with Tasmania, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Sydney Philharmonia. She has been a regular with the Australian Pops Orchestra, performed with the Seoul Symphony, a guest artist with Australian String quartet and Australian Chamber Orchestra and travelled with the Lautten Compagney in Germany.

Most recently, Tiffany appeared with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a live broadcast of Beethoven’s Symphony no 9, performed in Pergolesi’s Stabet Mater and was a guest artist for Singapore Lyric Opera in the role of Valencienne in Merry Widow.

2015 – Antoinette Halloran

Soprano

Antoinette Halloran is one of Australia’s most accomplished and best-loved sopranos. She performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and recipient of an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre and cabaret.

Leading appearances for Opera Australia have included the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Rusalka, Mimi in La bohème, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Green Room Award), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Despina in Cosi fan Tutte, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, Ellen in Lakmé and Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore; for New Zealand Opera – Mimi; for Victorian Opera – Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte and Adina in L’elisir d’amore; for Melbourne Opera – the title role in Tosca, Cio-Cio-San, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi and Pamina in The Magic Flute.

Antoinette also featured as a guest judge and panelist on the ABC television series Operatunity Oz, and appeared regularly on the hit show Spicks and Specks and was a presenter for ABC’s Art Nation – covering stories on opera and music theatre.

Concert appearances have included Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the Melbourne Chorale, El Niño with Sydney Philharmonia and Haydn’s Creation and Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. Antoinette has also been a regular visitor to Japan, China and Indonesia where she is much in demand as a guest artist.

She has sung in concert with Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for the Sydney Festival and been engaged as soprano soloist with the Adelaide, Queensland, Tasmanian, Canberra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. She recorded Puccini Romance for ABC Classics with tenor Rosario La Spina and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2010, Antoinette has sung the title role in The Merry Widow for Opera Queensland, Mimi, Cio-Cio-San and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Opera Australia, Micaela in Carmen for State Opera of South Australia, the World Premiere of Midnight Son for Victorian Opera and Cio-Cio-San for New Zealand Opera in Auckland and Wellington.

In 2015, Antoinette Halloran will sing the title role in Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia and Mrs Lovett in a new production of Sweeney Todd for Victorian Opera.

2012 – Roxane Hislop

Roxane Hislop studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music Opera School and went on to win the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Inaugural AIMS Scholarship, the Dame Mabel Brooks Scholarship and the Sydney Sun Aria Award, and also represented Australia at the National finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York. Roxane was 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. She has performed over 40 roles for Opera Australia including Carmen, Pericole, Rosina, Dalila, Guilietta, Siegrune (Die Walküre), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Meg Page (Falstaff) and Maddalena (Rigoletto).

In 2010 Roxane performed in Victorian Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Opera Showcase at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and returned to State Opera of South Australia to sing Gertrude in Hänsel and Gretel. She also sang the role of Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Under the Stars at Brisbane Festival along with Sing Your Own Opera and the Christmas Concert for Victorian Opera. Roxane’s 2011 roles included Third Lady in The Magic Flute for Victorian Opera and Mistress Bentson in Lakmé for Opera Australia, as well as performing in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic.

2012 engagements include the Stepmother in Victorian Opera’s Cinderella pantomime, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, multiple roles in the new opera Midnight Son and Morning Melodies concerts.