Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Program

Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Program gives singers the opportunity to gain experience and to develop their voice, language skills, stagecraft and repertoire in a professional and nurturing environment. The costs of providing opportunities for our young artists are considerable and met through generous donations by Wesfarmers Arts, The Bendat Scholarship, The James Galvin Foundation, Mr Andrew Mitchell, the Society of WA Opera Lovers and the Bel Canto Fund. This year we have the pleasure of supporting two young artists: mezzo-soprano Fleuranne Brockway (left) and soprano Rebecca Castellini (right). We thank soprano Emma Matthews for her support as patron of the Wesfarmers Arts Young Artist Program.

Fleuranne Brockway

Praised for her “lusciously dark centred” voice by the Herald Sun, Fleuranne was born in Perth and completed a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Megan Sutton at the University of Western Australia. She has since furthered her vocal studies working with Gregory Yurisich AM and attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School from 2014-2016 on a full scholarship.

In 2015, Fleuranne made her debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as Cherubino in scenes from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, and returned in 2016 as Meg in scenes from Verdi’s Falstaff. In 2016, she joined Victorian Opera as one of their Developing Artists and made her company debut with them in the role of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon. In 2017, Fleuranne joined West Australian Opera as one of their Wesfarmers Young Artists and is a joint recipient of the Bendat Scholarship.

Fleuranne also has a great passion for art song, lieder and oratorio. Appearances include Alto Soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Handel’s Messiah. Last year, she was awarded first place in the National Liederfest competition, which saw her fly to Austria to attend the famous Franz Schubert Institute in Vienna.

This year, Fleuranne joins Melba Opera Trust as the Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship and Ruskin Opera Scholarship recipient. She is the inaugural winner of the Australian International Opera Award to the Royal College of Music and will relocate to London in September.

Fleuranne Brockway is a 2018 Wesfarmers Young Artist and appears courtesy of West Australian Opera.

Rebecca Castellini

Rebecca Castellini made her professional debut with the West Australian Opera as the Cock/Jay in the 2018 production of The Cunning Little Vixen. She will continue to work with West Australian Opera for the rest of their 2018 Season, singing the roles of Frasquita, in Carmen, and Zerlina, in Don Giovanni. Rebecca also debuted with Lost and Found Opera this year, singing the role of Kate Kelly, in the Workshop Presentation of the new opera, Ned Kelly.

Rebecca is a 2018 and 2017 Wesfarmers Young Artist with the West Australian Opera and Recipient of the Bendat Scholarship.

Rebecca studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing a Graduate Diploma, Bachelor and Advanced Diploma of Music.

Until this year, Rebecca was working with West Australian Opera as a regular chorus member, performing in Lucia di Lammermoor 2017, The Merry Widow 2017, Tosca 2017, Les Pêcheurs de Perles  2016, L’elisir d’amore 2016, Faust 2015 and Madama Butterfly 2015.

Emma Matthews

Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded soprano having received seven Helpmann Awards, nine Green Room Awards, the Mo Award and the Remy Martin Australian Opera Award and Limelight Awards for Music Personality of the Year 2010, Best Performance in an Opera 2012 and Australian Artist of the Year 2016. She has performed with all the state opera companies and the major Australian symphony orchestras, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with conductors including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Marko Letonja, Sir Charles Mackerras and Simone Young.

Emma has sung the title roles in Partenope, Lucia di Lammermoor, Lakmé, The Cunning Little Vixen and Lulu. Other roles have included Leila (The Pearlfishers), Amina (La Sonnambula), Philomele (The Love of the Nightingale) by Richard Mills, Ilia (Idomeneo), Juliette (Roméo et Juliette), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare), Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zdenka (Arabella), the four heroines (The Tales of Hoffmann), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Almirena (Rinaldo), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Giulietta (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) and Cunegonde (Candide).

She is equally in demand on the concert platform, embracing a wide repertoire including the Requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Fauré, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, masses by Poulenc, Villa Lobos, Haydn and Mozart, and Handel’s Messiah. Emma has also appeared as a special guest with José Carreras at the Sydney Opera House, and the New Year’s Eve Gala concerts for Opera Australia.

Further career highlights include her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut in the title role of The Cunning Little Vixen under the baton of Sir Charles Mackerras, Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 with Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo conducted by Yakov Kreizberg and with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Ismene (Mitridate) for Sydney Festival.

More recent roles include Violetta (La Traviata), Fiorilla (Il turco in Italia), Gilda (Rigoletto), the Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) for Opera Australia and Rosina (The Barber of Seville) for West Australian Opera. Her recent concert appearances include Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl Concert and Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson (Copland) (released on disc for MSO Live in March 2014), and the ‘Jewel Song’ from Faust (Gounod)  and the ‘Mad Scene’ from Hamlet (Thomas), also with the Melbourne Symphony, Mozart Requiem and arias with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and recitals at Government House Sydney, with Ensemble Liaison and Sydney Omega Ensemble, featuring at Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs’ Christmas concerts and Voices in the Forrest, Canberra as well as Duparc Songs with Simone Young and the ANAM Orchestra

2016/17 engagements included Leila (The Pearlfishers) and the New Years’ Eve gala concert for Opera Australia, West Australian Opera and Opera Queensland, Violetta (La Traviata), a national tour of Voyage to the Moon – a baroque opera pasticcio for Musica Viva and Victorian Opera, Messiah with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Stonnington Opera in the Park and recitals at Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival, Perth Town Hall, the Melbourne Recital Centre and for Recitals Australia at Ukaria. Emma also portrayed Nellie Melba, in a new play, Melba: an Operatic Drama, by Nicholas Christo, presented at the Hayes Theatre, Sydney,

Emma has recently been appointed head of Classical Voice and Opera Studies at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and Patron of Wesfarmers Young Artist Program at West Australian Opera.

Her 2018 engagements will include The Space between the Notes, written especially for Emma by Paul Grabowsky and Steve Vizzard, at the Victorian Arts Centre, a recital for the Art Gallery of NSW and An Evening in Vienna with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Emma’s album of bel canto arias, Emma Matthews in Monte Carlo, was released by Deutsche Grammophon / ABC Classics to critical acclaim. Her album of Mozart arias with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja conducting was released by ABC Classics in February 2014, and her most recent recording of bel canto arias with ABC Classics and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Andrea Molino conductor), “Agony and Ecstasy” was released in September 2016.

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