West Australian Opera Chorus

 

The chorus is an essential part of any great opera house and sits at the heart of our company

 

West Australian Opera  is proud of the chorus; proud of their passion, talent and the commitment each individual brings to their preparation and performance.

 

The chorus thrills audiences, singing some of the most exciting and powerful music ever written.

 

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Sopranos


Alexandra Bak x

Alexandra Bak

Alexandra Bak is a graduate of the WA Academy of Performing Arts where she studied cello, classical voice and musical theatre. During her studies she was awarded the Faith Court scholarship for musical excellence.
In 2007 Alexandra participated in Art Song Perth’s inaugural emerging artist scholarship and won the Ralph Thompson Memorial scholarship in the same year. In 2009 Alexandra was a semi-finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant and in 2011 she received a scholarship to attend the inaugural Lisa Gasteen Opera Summer School in Brisbane.

Alexandra has appeared regularly with West Australian Opera Chorus since 2008 and sang the role of una novizia in Suor Angelica. Other roles include Hansel in Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Box, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief at the Fringe World Festival 2014, Leischen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Galatea in Acis and Galatea with Black Swan Baroque, Sandman/Dew Fairy in Hänsel und Gretel at the Australian Opera Studio and numerous principal roles with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA, Midnite Youth Theatre and Yellow glass theatre. Alexandra performed as a soloist at the annual Best of British concerts at the Perth concert hall since 2005 and the Vienna Pops New Year’s Eve concerts since 2010.

Alexandra has sung the soprano solos in Mozart Coronation and Sparrow Masses, Hayden Little Organ and Nelson Masses, Schubert Mass in G, Faure Requiem, Rutter Requiem and Bach Mass in F major with Christ Church Claremont, Collegium Symphonic Chorus, Wesley Uniting Church, the Giovanni Consort and I Voci.

Emma Pettemerides x

Emma Pettemerides

A graduate from the RNCM, Emma has performed a wide variety of operatic roles including; Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro (Stowe Opera), Leila Manifest Destiny (OperaUpClose), May-Queen Merrie England (Opera South), Annio La Clemenza di Tito, Lisa La Sonnambula (Brent Opera), Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), Elena Paride ed Elena, Susan A Dinner Engagement, Rose Street Scene, La Musica L’Orfeo, and Marionetta The Water of Life (Brownrigg).

 

Emma has sung with the West Australian Opera Chorus in performances of The Magic Flute, Otello, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, La Traviata, Götterdammerung, Carmina Burana and the world premiere of Nostradamus. Other productions include; La Belle Helene (Offenbach), The Threepenny Opera (Weill), Cosi Fan Tutte (Mozart) and Susannah (Floyd).

 

She studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she was awarded the Barbara McCleod Scholarship for most outstanding graduating student before continuing her training at the Sydney Conservatorium.

 

Emma has been a finalist in the Elisabeth Harwood Memorial Award, Frederic Cox Award and the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize. Other competition prizes include winner of the Royal Schools Music Club opera prize, runner-up in the Sydney Eisteddfod oratorio award, finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod operatic aria award and runner-up in the Fremantle Eisteddfod operatic aria award.

 

Emma has a wide concert repertoire ranging from Monteverdi’s Vespers to Bernstein’s Chichester psalms. Her performance highlight to date is singing for the late Dame Joan Sutherland’s 80th birthday in her presence.

Harriet O’Shannessy x

Harriet O’Shannessy

Born in Chertsey, UK and raised in Perth, WA, Harriet completed a Bachelor of Laws and worked as a criminal lawyer before commencing training as an opera singer.

 

Harriet is a former West Australian Opera Young Artist (2011-2012) and recipient of the Bendat Scholarship (2011). She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Masters of Music (Performance)).

 

In 2008 Harriet was awarded the Barbara MacLeod scholarship for the most outstanding female classical music student at WAAPA. She has been a finalist in the MTO German-Australian Opera Grant and the Puccini Foundation Award.
Harriet has been a regular performer with the West Australian Opera chorus since 2010 and her first appearance with the company was in 2003. Harriet appeared as Ida in Die Fledermaus (Opera in the Park, 2011), Cousin in Madama Butterfly (2012 & 2015) and the Fourth Maid in Elektra (2012).
Harriet toured with Oz Opera performing Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. She has also performed with the Opera Australia chorus. Her roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Nerina in La Fedelta Premiata (Sydney Conservatorium of Music), and Abigail in The Crucible (WAAPA)

Jenna Roberston x

Jenna Roberston

Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson’s performed roles include the title role in Anna Bolena, Gretel Hänsel & Gretel, Laetitia The Old Maid and the Thief, Gilda Rigoletto, Mimì La Bohème, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Cunegonde Candide, Mabel Pirates of Penzance and Christine Phantom of the Opera.

In concert she has performed arias with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, South Side Symphony Orchestra, Albany Chamber Orchestra and the Perth Pops Orchestra in the Vienna Pops Concert in Perth Concert Hall. With the Albany Choral Society and Chamber Orchestra, Jenna performed the soprano solo in Faure Requiem, Mozart Requiem and Handel Messiah. At Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Jenna performed the soprano solo in both Faure and Mozart Requiem, and selected items in Handel Messiah and Orff Carmina Burana.

In recital, Jenna has performed Schubert Der Hirt auf dem Felsen in the MetSO Soloists Concert, Mozart Lieder and Ariettas in the W. A. Mozarteum Summer Festival, and an Emerging Artist recital with Art Song Perth. Jenna also performed as soloist in the Aberdeen International Youth Festival Finale Concert in Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre.

Jenna graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a singing scholarship for the duration of her studies. In 2014 she was awarded a place in the Opera Studio at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria with partial scholarship. In July 2013 she came first place in the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition – Vocal Section in Queensland.

In 2015 Jenna made her role debut in the title role of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena in an award-nominated production in the Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival. In the Perth International Arts Festival, Jenna returns to the West Australian Opera Chorus for Madama Butterfly and in June will perform as soloist in Jenkins’ The Armed Man with the Albany Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society.

Leilah Fox x

Leilah Fox

Leilah Fox is a 28-year-old Soprano from Perth, Western Australia. After being awarded top graduating vocal student at Perth Modern SHS in 2002, Leilah attended WAAPA where she studied classical voice, performance and pedagogy, completing two degrees’. Whilst at WAAPA, Leilah played many roles, including the Sorceress in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’, Rebecca Nurse in the Australian Premiere of ‘The Crucible’ and The Happy Prince in ‘The Happy Prince’.

Upon graduating, Leilah was a West Australian Opera company member for eight fully staged productions, before being invited to Queensland to work under renowned Dramatic Soprano, Lisa Gasteen. During her three years in Brisbane, Leilah completed a postgraduate certificate and her Master in Music degree in Classical voice and performance. During these studies, Leilah won the Elizabeth Muir Memorial Prize and the Owen Fletcher Post Graduate Award.

In 2012 Leilah was accepted into the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School with a full financial scholarship, and was successful shortly thereafter in her audition to become a Dame Nellie Melba Opera Scholar in Melbourne. Leilah was awarded the Margaret Schofield scholarship with the Melba Trust and during this time worked closely with many international artists and coaches. In 2013 Leilah was chosen as the most promising up and coming dramatic voice and awarded the Wagner Society encouragement award. Leilah went on to perform a solo recital for the QLD Wagner Society at 4MBS Studios.

In 2014 Leilah undertook study with Glenn Winslade in NSW before heading overseas to live in Wales, where she was mentored by famous tenor Dennis O’Neill and worked with many coaches throughout England including conductor Peter Robinson and renowned Soprano Yvonne Kenny. Leilah returned to Perth in February 2015 to accept her contract offer for the Australian premiere of the PIAF production of Anthony Min! ghella’s Madame Butterfly, and to rejoin the West Australian Opera Company.

Lucy Mervik x

Lucy Mervik

Lucy trained at Trinity College of Music, University of London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she completed her Masters of Music, passing with Distinction.

After relocating to Perth, Lucy was named a 2011 Young Artist with WAO, and was awarded the 2012 Wesfarmers Scholarship. Lucy has sung with WAO Chorus for 7 years and has had minor roles in Elektra, Rigoletto and Le Nozze di Figaro.

Highlights to date include Queen of the Night at the Barbican, for the Mostly Mozart Festival, and the title role of Elmire in the Eighteenth Century opera Erwin und Elmire, in Kochberg, Weimar and Gotha, Germany. Lucy starred in a feature film of the opera, and in 2009 reprised the role for a second season, and opening night of the Ekhof-Festival.

Specialising in French song Lucy has worked with both Graham Johnson and Francois Le Roux and has given recitals for City of London Festival and LSO St Luke’s, as well as recording a programme of French Song for the ABC.Lucy has worked extensively with Stephen Jackson, touring France and Spain, and sang under him for two consecutive years at the International Academy of Choral Music, France.

Regularly singing in recital and oratorio in London and the South West, she has sung at many concert halls and cathedrals across the UK, and at La Madeleine, Paris. Lucy has worked under many prestigious directors including Sir Leonard Slatkin at the Royal Albert Hall in Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony for the BBC Proms, Sir Charles Mackerras at the Royal Festival Hall in Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder, and Sir Andrew Davies at Westminster Cathedral in Berlioz’s L’enfance du Christ for the BBC.

Other solos include: Bach’s St John Passion and St. Matthew Passion, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Elgar’s Coronation Ode, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Jenkins’ Mass for the Armed Man, Rutter Magnificat and Requiem, Monteverdi Vespers and Vivaldi Gloria.

Mary-Attracta Connolly x

Mary-Attracta Connolly

Mary-Attracta’s love for performing grew from her initial experience in Classical Ballet, Theatrical, Tap and Irish Step Dancing.  Having performed as an actor/singer in theatre, pantomime, film and TV productions she found her true niche in Opera when she took up voice studies and graduated from the WA Conservatorium of Music at WAAPA.  Subsequently Mary-Attracta studied with Fernando Bandera (Milan), for which she was awarded an Italian Government Scholarship and the Bernard Manning Award presented by the G&S Society of WA, and with Molly McGurk (Perth) and Janice Chapman (London).

 

Mary-Attracta made her professional debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in its Family Concert Series and her stage debut with West Australian Opera as a member of the Chorus in The Mikado.  For West Australian Opera she has sung Aunt in Anthony Minghella’s internationally celebrated production of Madama Butterfly – a UWA Perth International Arts Festival co-production, First Alms Sister (Suor Angelica), Cousin (Madama Butterfly) and Second Spirit (The Magic Flute).

 

Performances for other companies include Miss Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and the Thief for ABC CLASSIC FM ‘Sunday Live’, Blackwood River Spring Chamber Festival and The Terrace Proms.  Mary-Attracta has also featured as Guest Artist at Amberley on Swan, Broome Arts & Music Festival, Opera on the Platform, Beverley, Opera Soirée at the Broome Convention Centre Chinatown and Bloomsday Celebration presented by the Australian-Irish Heritage Association for which she was Music Director from 2001-2008.

 

As a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus Mary-Attracta has performed in over 35 productions with highlights including Faust, Otello, Elektra, Tosca, Carmen, Peter Grimes, Aïda, La Bohème, Norma, Batavia, Il Trovatore, Lucia di Lammermoor, Die Fledermaus, Alcina and Orpheus in the Underworld.  Concert highlights include Candide, Götterdämmerung and A Flowering Tree (all UWA PIAF co-productions), the Wesfarmers Centenary Community Concert, Opera in Albany and Opera in the Park performances.  Additional Chorus performances include Verdi’s La traviata for Opera Australia; the Michael Edgley International Touring Production of Verdi’s Aïda – Amneris Attendants Chorus and High Priestess (understudy).

 

As Producer of Opera Under The Stars® in Broome, Mary-Attracta managed, performed in, and was MC of this open air event featuring Australian and international opera soloists with a standout being the event’s 20th Anniversary in 2012 featuring the West Australian Opera Chorus – appearing courtesy of West Australian Opera and the Department of Regional Development and Lands – in its first live regional performance. Mary-Attracta also managed presentation of the ‘Oper-Arte’ Art Exhibition & Auction that donated over $75,000 to increase access to musical instruments and materials for the children of the West Kimberley.

 

Mary-Attracta enjoys a strong connection with her Irish heritage and is known for her unaccompanied renditions of Irish Traditional Songs as featured on her CD, DEERPARK.

Xiaojia Zhang x

Xiaojia Zhang

Fiona Cooper Smyth x

Fiona Cooper Smyth

Fiona Cooper Smyth is an extremely versatile, experienced coloratura soprano having performed extensively in engagements that range from leading roles in opera, concerts, opening ceremonies and major corporate events.

With her beautiful vocal talent and commanding stage presence, Fiona performs a wide range of styles from opera and musical theatre to jazz and cross–over songs.

Fiona has a Masters in Public Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma of Vocal Studies (Trinity College, London) and achieved a First for her BA (hons) in Music, Drama & Literature. Roles include Queen of the Night, Violetta, Susanna, Adele, Olympia, Guilietta and Susanna.Since moving to Perth, Fiona has performed in over 20 productions as a chorus member with West Australian Opera. It was here that she met fellow soprano Penny Shaw, and together, they formed the soprano duo “DivaLicious”. Since 2011, they have appeared several times on national television

and many high profile events including The Ashes 2013 and The Hopman Cup.

Fiona has recently returned from a successful season at Sydney Opera House with “Divalicious – Opera Rocks!” where they received a full standing ovation and fabulous review. DivaLicious has been nominated as finalists for Best Cabaret in the Fringe World Festival Awards 2013, 2014 & 2015 and in 2012, they launched their own CD “DivaLicious – One Voice”. Based in Perth, Fiona continues to perform with Penny Shaw in DivaLicious as well as solo engagements. Fiona also founded the opera-cabaret group, Cabaret Cadenza, to provide corporate entertainment and musical concerts and events.

Penny Shaw x

Penny Shaw

Penny graduated from the University of Oxford in 1992 with a degree in Human Sciences. Penny began her professional career singing Papagena and covering Pamina for European Chamber Opera in 1994. Shortly after, Penny joined Travelling Opera as First Lady in The Magic Flute and understudying Violetta in La Traviata. Three years later, at 26, she performed the role of Violetta at the Barbican theatre in London and then on tour throughout Great Britain and France, to universal critical acclaim.Penny spent a year covering and playing the role of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera. In addition to her theatre work Penny also appeared in an operatic film called Hell for Leather which won numerous film festival awards and had a brief pop career, singing on Faithless’ highly acclaimed album Reverence. In 1999 Penny moved to Western Australia and has sung in the West Australian Opera Chorus between having her four children. In addition to chorus work Penny has sung a number of small roles for WA Opera including Olga in The Merry Widow; Queen Catherine in the premiere of Nostradamus and has covered Musetta and Adina. In 2006 Penny played the role of The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro for Yellow Glass Theatre, she was a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem for the Collegium Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra in 2007. Penny is a prolific writer and has created and performed many concerts and shows including Ladies Who Lunch (commissioned for Downstairs at The Maj), Opera Undressed as seen at Fringe World 2015 and is one half of acclaimed comic soprano duo DivaLicious

Mezzo Sopranos


Yann Kee x

Yann Kee

Yann was born in Malaysia, and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, having majored in Vocal Performance.
Yann was awarded numerous vocal prizes in Malaysia including the First Prize as “Singer of the Year” in the inaugural Classical Singing Competition Malaysia, and continued her success in Perth, where she won numerous awards at the North Perth Music Festival, and competitions with the Western Australian Music Teachers Association.
Concert appearances include recitals and concerts in Western Australia, performing as the Principal Soprano in St.Mary’s Cathedral and also as soloist in Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Credo Mass, Coronation Mass, Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Charles Villiers Stanford’s Magnificat and also appearances with the Western Australia Opera Company and the Australian Opera Studio in productions of The Marriage of Figaro (as bridesmaids), Tancredi, Don Giovanni, Otello ,Die Fledermaus and others. Yann recently has played the role of Princess Mi in The Land of Smiles with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Yann teaches singing at Perth College and Corpus Christi College. In addition, she has her own private singing studio ‘Connecsion’ which continues to produce many successful examination and competition candidates.
Yann was selected to be a 2008 Emerging Artist for the Lieder Society of Western Australia (known as Art Song Perth now) and in this capacity appears regularly in the Society’s 2008 Recital Series.

Rebecca Bunn x

Rebecca Bunn

Rebecca Bunn studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing her Postgraduate Diploma at the end of 2013. During her studies at WAAPA, Rebecca became enamoured with the classical vocal repertory and can’t imagine a world without opera, art song and the classical style of singing. In October last year, Rebecca was invited to cover the lead role of Jo March in Mark Adamo’s opera Little Women at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a role she performed at the end of 2013 with the WAAPA Vocal Department. As a soloist, Rebecca has also performed in Duruflé’s Requiem (2013), Goetz’s Taming of the Shrew (2012), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (2012), Rossini’s Stabat Mater (2011) and more. Rebecca is currently preparing to audition for a Summer School Program in Italy this year to further her vocal training.

Anne Millar x

Anne Millar

Anne was born in Charters Towers, North Queensland where she completed her schooling. Anne undertook a seven- week music study tour of Europe and studied singing and German for three weeks in Salzburg. She then studied at the NSW Conservatorium of Music in Sydney where she obtained the D.S.C.M in Singing teaching and performing. Anne took a gap year and travelled Europe for six months, including two months intensive German study near Munich. She then went on to complete the Diploma of Operatic Art and Music Theatre (Opera School). Anne was then contracted to the West Australian Opera as Resident Mezzo Soprano for 3 years where she toured with the West Australian Opera Concerts and Schools Programme, performed principal roles, understudied and also performed in the chorus.
Anne reauditioned for West Australian Opera in 2007 and has been in the chorus ever since. Whilst raising her children she taught voice at her private singing studio. Since graduation Anne has continued to teach when not performing. Anne presently teaches voice at Penrhos College, and previously taught at Perth College for four years. Anne has also taught at Murdoch College and St Mary’s College. Anne also continues to run her private vocal studio and also coaches for UWACS.

Courtney Pitman x

Courtney Pitman

Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Mezzo Soprano Courtney Pitman was singing before she could talk. Her earliest musical education was gained through The Salvation Army.After commencing a music performance degree on the French horn at the University of Western Australia, Courtney realised that singing was her true passion. She auditioned for the WA Opera and was accepted as a member of the chorus at just 20 years of age. She continues to perform with West Australian Opera as a chorus member and also had the opportunity to understudy the role of Rosina in their 2008 production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia. The same year, she performed the role of Irma in a workshop of scenes from newly composed opera Picnic at Hanging Rock. In 2009 she toured Western Australia with the WA Opera in Education Program, performing at schools throughout the metropolitan and Great Southern regions to introduce opera to K-12 students. She also mentored students taking part in the intensive program during the Great Southern tour. Courtney’s involvement in the WA Opera in Education programme continued in 2013 and 2014.

For other companies, her roles include Nancy (Oliver) and Jenny (Company) for ICW Productions, Tessa (The Gondoliers) and Katisha (The Mikado) for The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of WA and, Smeton (Anna Bolena) and Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto) for OperaBox Inc.
Solo concert repertoire includes The Messiah (Handel), Mass in C Minor (Mozart), Requiem Mass (Mozart), St John’s Passion (Bach), Petite Messe Sollennelle (Rossini), Gloria (Vivaldi), Magnificat (Bach), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Christmas Oratorio (Bach) for St George’s Cathedral, UWA Choral Society and Collegium Symphonic Chorus.

Ileana Rinaldi x

Ileana Rinaldi

Ileana Rinaldi studied at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Australian Opera Studio. In 2009, she was selected as a Young Artist with the West Australian Operas. She made her debut with West Australian Opera in Nostradamus in 2002 and has since appeared regularly with the company. Credits with West Australian Opera include La Madre in Madama Butterfly, Teresa in Sonnambula, Mercedes in Carmen and La Principessa in Suor Angelica. Other credits include Maddalena in Rigoletto (Tokyo National Opera); and Mother in Les Contes d’Hoffman, the title role in Carmen, Der Komponist in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Cornelia and Nireno in Giulio Cesare, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Amastris in Xerxes, Ginza in Dryblower, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni and Die Knusperhexe in Hansel and Gretel (Australian Opera Studio). Ileana has recorded songs by Mahler and Elgar with the Berlioz song cycle Les Nuits d’été with David Wickham for ABC Classic FM and was a finalist in the 2009 Australian Singing Competition.

Sonni Byrne x

Sonni Byrne

Sonni studied at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and has completed a Certificate IV in Music (Jazz) and Certificate II in Musical Theatre. In 2008, Sonni joined West Australia Opera chorus and has performed in many West Australian Opera productions. Sonni’s other performance credits include: Co-writer directed, co-produced and performed in Femmes Fatales–A History (cabaret) Fringeworld Perth, Mother in The Travelling, a new musical by Yellowglass Theatre Co; Subiaco Arts Centre, Jack’s Mum in Sondheim’s Into the Woods (musical), Yellowglass Theatre Co; Subiaco Arts Centre, Marcellina in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Yellowglass Theatre Co; Subiaco Arts Centre, Grizabella in the musical Cats (principal role), Theatrebits; Mandurah Performing Arts Ctr & Regal Theatre, Subiaco.

Elizabeth Vale x

Elizabeth Vale

Born in Manchester, UK, Liz immigrated to Perth, Australia when she was 10 years old.  Liz achieved her Year 12 TEE and worked in various administrative corporate roles before pursuing music at university in 1994 where she completed a Certificate in Classical Music and Bachelor of Music (Education). Liz has extensive stage experience in opera, musical theatre, lieder, art song, oratorio and choral works both as a soloist and a chorus member.  Liz can sing in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Russian and English.

Fleuranne Brockway x

Fleuranne Brockway

Fleuranne is currently completing a Bachelor of Music and Laws at the University of Western Australia. Aside from her studies s­he has been a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus since 2013.

Solo highlights include making her debut as Cherubino in scenes with Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015. Performing scenes from Carmen, Le Cinesi and Le Nozze di Figaro at the 2014 and 2015 Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Gala Concerts. In 2014, Fleuranne made her role debut as Pitti-Sing with ICW Productions. Concert work includes the alto soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

Fleuranne has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including first place in the North of Perth Vocal Championship 2015 and a full scholarship to attend the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

In 2016, Fleuranne will be joining Victorian Opera as one of their new developing artists. ­­

 

Tenor


Simon Wood x

Simon Wood

Simon began singing lessons with Elizabeth Hatfield Carter in 1987-1989 and with Gloria Wilson from 1989 to 2004. He currently studies with Jolanta Nagajek.

Simon’s first professional appearance was in the chorus of Tristan und Isolde in 1991, which was stage by Opera Australia in conjunction with West Australian Opera. Simpn have been a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus since 2003 and has appeared in the following productions:

Batavia, Norma, La Somnambula, Carmen, Candide, Peter Grimes, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Faust, Cavalleria Rusticana/I Pagliacci, The Marriage of Figaro, the Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Tales of Hoffman, Tosca (twice), La Boheme (twice), Madama Butterfly (4 times), La Fianculla Del West, La Cenerentola, the Barber of Seville (twice), Elektra, Die Fledermaus, Aida, Falstaff, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Nabucco, Il Trovatore, Otello, Gotterdammerung, Tristan und Isolde, Tan Dun’s Water Music (co production with the Festival of Perth, John Adam’s “A Flowering Tree” (co production with the Festival of Perth)

Simon has also appeared in the role of Hervey in Anna Bolena for Opera Box in Anna Bolena in the role of Hervey (2015).

Tim Schoenmakers x

Tim Schoenmakers

Tim has worked in Theatre, Music Theatre, Cabaret, Concert, Opera, TV and film. He first performed in the WAO chorus in 1987, and has worked with them regularly since 1998. He has performed at the International G&S Festival, as The Defendant in Philadelphia in 1996 and at Buxton in 2009 as the Defendant in Trial By Jury and as Dandini in a version of La Cenerentola called Cinderella Gets ‘Er Fella.

Timothy has performed with West Australian Opera productions as Burgher in Peter Grimes, Registrar in Madama Butterfly and Fruitseller in La Boheme.

Tim’s other work includes WAAPA: Gianni Schicchi – Gianni Schicchi; Harasta – The Cunning Little Vixen; Basilio – Le Nozze di Figaro. G&S Society : Robin Oakapple – Ruddigore; Giuseppe – The Gondoliers; Bunthorne – Patience; The Defendant – Trial by Jury. Opera Boutique : Ludwig – The Grand Duke; The Russian Ambassador – Red Sails in the Sunset; Guglielmo – Cosi Fan Tutte; Ernesto – The Night Bell; Giuseppe – The Gondoliers. Peach Productions : Foster/Pawnee Bill – Annie Get Your Gun. YellowGlass Theatre : Basilio – Le Nozze di Figaro.
He rehearsed with the children’s cast of Chitty,Chitty Bang Bang as Caractacus Potts and Grandpa for TLP in 2013.
Tim has appeared in 3 Cabarets in DSATM and in 2 Morning Melodies at HMT.
He has also produced, written, directed and choreographed his own Cabaret shows with people such as Rachelle Durkin, Taryn Fiebig, Alinta Carroll and Chris Fillis.

Timothy McNamara x

Timothy McNamara

Timothy joined St George’s Cathedral Choir as treble in 1998. He re-joined the choir as a baritone in 2005 and began singing as a tenor in 2010.

With the Cathedral Choir/Consort Timothy toured the eastern states of Australia and northern France. He has had the opportunity to perform with the Hilliard Ensemble, I Fagiolini, and the Academy of Ancient Music. Timothy recently reduced his commitments to part time in order to focus on my teaching career. Timothy has sung with the Giovanni Consort since 2007 and West Australian Opera since 2011

Jonathan Brain x

Jonathan Brain

A musician with wide-ranging interests and experience, Jonathan Brain began formal musical training as a guitarist, studying jazz and contemporary music at the WA Conservatorium of Music. After studying English and French literature, Jonathan returned to musical study, focusing on classical vocal performance. In the years following, Jonathan worked as a session guitarist, music educator, choral director and singer-songwriter before returning to classical vocal music, joining the WA Opera chorus in 2008. A regular member since that time, Jonathan has also been a frequent performer with the Company’s Education, touring regional and metropolitan WA performing concerts and presenting workshops.

A regular performer in oratorio and song, Jonathan’s solo repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the avant-garde. Currently undertaking postgraduate study, Jonathan is exploring new ways to present classical vocal repertoire to modern audiences.

Jonathan also maintains a lively performance schedule as a singer-songwriter, producing original recordings and performing at festivals and concerts in Perth and regional WA.

Cian Elliott x

Cian Elliott

Irish tenor Cian Elliott made his debut with West Australian Opera chorus in the 2014 production of The Magic Flute, and is delighted to part of the West Australian Opera team.
After gaining a Choral Scholarship to University College Dublin, Cian quickly graduated into professional music, performing with Dublin’s leading ensembles. He sang with The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, recording three acclaimed discs on Signum Records and touring extensively with the choir to Europe and USA.

Cian regularly performed with Resurgam in their frequent collaborations with Irish Baroque Orchestra, working with Christophe Rousset, John Butt and Robert Howarth. He was also a member of the Opera Ireland chorus, as well as performing with Lyric Opera and Loughcrew Garden Opera.
Cian maintains a busy performance schedule in Perth and is a member of St George’s Cathedral Consort, with whom he recently sang solo for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. He is also the Artistic Director of The Giovanni Consort, a professional vocal ensemble based in Perth specialising in a cappella music.
While not performing Cian enjoys travelling with his wife Anne and following his other great loves, Irish rugby and Manchester United.

Basses


Dudley Allitt x

Dudley Allitt

Dudley’s love of singing began as a chorister in the St George’s Cathedral choir at the age of nine. In 2002 he was a member of the children’s chorus for West Australian Opera’s production of La Bohème and from here his love of opera began.

In 2012 Dudley completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Western Australia where he performed as Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), John Styx (Orpheus in the Underworld), Vicar Gedge (Albert Herring), Ko-Ko (The Mikado), Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Jack in the premiere of Perry Joyce’s The Plains of Promise.

He has also performed in Midnite Youth Theatre’s productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, River Dreaming and Ruddigore. As well as performing as the Old Man in the premiere of Luke Cummin’s Anacreontea Antipodiean and Marullo in OperaBox’s production of Rigoletto. Dudley is also currently a member of the West Australian Opera chorus.

Thomas Friberg x

Thomas Friberg

Thomas Friberg is in his second year working as a Mechanical Engineer with General Electric Oil & Gas. Despite that pursuit, Thomas follows his passion for singing through many avenues in Perth and during time spent in the UK.

Groups he has sung as a soloist with include The MetSO, SSSO, PUCS, St George’s Cathedral Consort, OperaBox, Art Song Perth, The National Youth Choir of Great Britain, The Oxford Bach Choir, Kings College London Opera Society, Laudibus and the Rodolfus Choir.

Thomas has sung as a part of the West Australian Opera Chorus since 2012 and has been the General Manager of The Giovanni Consort. While working on the committee of OperaBox, Thomas has played the roles of Guglielmo, Marcello, Sparafucile/Moterone, Father in Hansel and Gretel and Lord Rochefort (Anna Bolena). With continuing opportunities within Perth, Thomas looks to continue to grow with experience and training as a young artist of 24 years.

 

Michael Heap x

Michael Heap

Born in Manchester, UK Michael moved to Perth at aged 3. He studied at Curtin University (Then WAIT) completing a Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts, Fibre Textiles. During his final year, Michael won Qantas Student Award in Melbourne Gown of the Year (Trip to London). Michael also won the Hoechst National Textile Award 1988 (Residency at Meat Market Craft Centre, North Melbourne)
From 1989 -1991 Michael lived in London where he was accepted into Group 62 Contemporary Embroiderers Group. In 1991 Michael returned to Australia, residing in Melbourne where he exhibited widely, had a studio in Collingwood and worked in hospitality in Fitzroy area.
In 1993 Michael enrolled in a night class called ‘Singing for Beginners’. The teacher suggested Michael seek lessons from teacher, Ms. Loris Synan. Michael had lessons with Loris for 18 months and in 1995 moved back to Perth to lecture at Curtin University in Fibre/Textiles Department.

In 1998 Michael studied a Diploma of Education at Edith Cowan University. During this year he auditioned for Supernumerary in La Traviata. Michael has since
since performed with West Australian Opera in Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Operabox and Lost and Found to name a few. His favourite roles have been Salieri, Javert, Escamillo, Rigoletto, Enrico(Henry VIII, Don Alfonso, Colline.

Mark Hurst x

Mark Hurst

Mark came to Australia in 1986 from the UK and joined West Australian Opera in 1997.

Mark studied Classical music (Voice) at WAAPA and has been involved in most major season productions and Opera in the Park performances since joining West Australian Opera 19 years ago.

Mark Alderson x

Mark Alderson

Mark started his musical life in school choirs and productions where he developed a passion for singing. He then went on to study singing with Molly McGurk and Andrew Foote at the University of Western Australia, completing a Bachelor of Music in 1996.

In 2001 Mark travelled to the United Kingdom to take part in the Opera School Wales spring program were he performed the roles of Dancairo and Zuniga, in their production of Carmen.

Mark studied in Melbourne at the Australian National Academy of Music, in 2002 and 2003. Mark has had the privilege of performing in the regional centres of Kalgoorlie, Mandurah, and Albany and he sang as soloist and chorus member for the twentieth Opera under the Stars concert in Broome in 2012. Mark has also sung in Opera on the Platform at the Beverly Arts Centre in 2013 and 2014 and appeared in many West Australian Opera productions.

Charles Bogle x

Charles Bogle

Born in Perth, Charles’s vocal training began aged 8 as a boy treble with the St George’s Cathedral Choir under the tutelage of Simon Lawford. Here Charles became a regular soloist and was awarded the Grace Medal for excellence in 2002 and was installed as Head Chorister in 2003. Charles studied vocal performance for his tertiary entrance examinations and has since continued to sing with the St George’s Cathedral Choir in recent years under Joseph Nolan including performances in regular concerts, including Haydn’s Creation with the Academy of Ancient Music. He has also performed with the Giovanni Consort.

In 2004 Charles performed the role of Caspar in Richard Mills’s Batavia as part of the Perth Festival. Prior to this he was a member of the Children’s Chorus in La Bohème and Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci. He has sung with the West Australian Opera Chorus since 2014.

Charles has earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Commerce as well as a Diploma of Modern Languages in French from the University of Western Australia.

David Dockery x

David Dockery

David was drawn to the piano from an early age. He also sang in choirs, including St George’s Cathedral as a boy treble. At school he was actively involved in the music programme, studying trombone and violin as well as playing piano for the school musical.

After graduating from the University of Western Australia where he completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) with first class honours, David was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study piano with Peter Katin in London where he later studied singing with Russell Smythe.
David has sung with the West Australian Opera chorus since 2001 where his roles have included Sciarrone in Tosca, Marchese D’Obigny in La Traviata, Sid in The Girl of the Golden West and Abimilech in Samson and Delilah. He has performed as soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Dixit Dominus, Faure’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Durufle’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and a number of Bach’s Cantatas. He has appeared frequently at Art Song Perth both as a singer and pianist.

David’ musical Theatre roles have included Javert in Les Miserables at the Regal Theatre, Lt Tranisch in Bitter Sweet at the Playhouse Theatre, the role of Jekyll in the musical Jekyll and Hyde, and the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera.

He has worked as musical director on several productions including The Threepenny Opera at WAAPA.

Paull-Anthony Keightley x

Paull-Anthony Keightley

Australian baritone Paull-Anthony Keightley is currently a Master’s degree candidate at Manhattan School of Music studying under the tutelage of Joan Patenaude-Yarnell. He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) with both a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Music.Mr. Keightley’s operatic credits include Rev. Mr. Jones, Major Peter Labelliere, Alderman Birch, Mr. Worrall and Phillip Thicknesse in English Eccentrics, Frank in Die Fledermaus and Baptista in the Australian Premier of Goetz’s The Taming of the Shrew with WAAPA; Gloster Heming in The Mother of us All, Pasquale (Cover) in Orlando Paladino and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Manhattan School of Music Opera Theatre; Papageno with New York Opera Exchange; Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia with The Martina Arroyo Foundation and Leporello in Don Giovanni with Ken Merrill’s Accompanying Seminar at MSM.On the concert platform, Mr. Keightley has appeared in the title role in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, as Bass Soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and as Baritone soloist at the annual Vienna Pops at the Perth Concert Hall. As a recitalist he has presented recitals of Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams with Art Song Perth and Dichterliebe at Manhattan School of Music.In 2012 Mr. Keightley was a finalist in the Fremantle Eisteddfod Open Aria competition and won first place at the North of Perth Eisteddfod. He was awarded the Royal Schools of Music Club Anniversary scholarship and won the Royal Over-Seas League Singing Competition. He is also a recipient of awards from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and Australian Music Foundation.