The lure of Europe and the United States continues to attract some of Australia’s most talented young opera performers.
The first troupe of performers in Voci Stupende are all pursuing careers overseas, in France, Canada, Italy, Great Britain, and Germany.
“It [Voci Stupende] is a rare opportunity to hear them before they pursue their careers internationally,” Jane Fraser said.
Voci Stupende promotes and showcases talented young Australian opera performers bringing them to regional audiences.
They will perform in Crookwell on March 31.
The singers include recent alumni and students of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Stella Hannock, grew up in Port Macquarie, she says overseas study is essential to a young singer’s education.
In July, Hannock will perform in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at the historic Estates Theatre in Prague.
“I will also receive world class music, acting, and language coaching, compete in an operatic competition, perform in a cabaret show… and audition for agents and opera houses in Prague,” Hannock said.
“Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to develop a career in Australia without some form of overseas study and/or performance opportunities.”
Hannock will consider further education in the United States, she says, there are far more opportunities at colleges which offer Masters in Opera.
Georgia Melville, an accomplished soprano, graduated from the Conservatorium in 2018.
She intends to pursue a post-graduate.
Melville has performed in Verona, Italy and performed Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus with the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimer, Germany.
Soprano, Katherine Allen is in her final year at the Conservatorium.
Like Melville, she recently performed in Germany with the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar, Germany in the role of Adele.
“They’re so much value in being able to travel overseas,” Allen said.
“I get to work with so many incredible coaches, conductors and teachers”
In Germany, Allen says, rehearsals were intensive, held for up to 12 hours a day, there were dictation coaching, music rehearsals, staging, and movement.
She will perform the famous laughing song Mein Herr Marquis from Die Fledermaus (JS Strauss II).
“It’s a saucy aria, performed by the maid who has lied her way out of the house, borrowed her mistress’s clothes, and attended a glitzy ball.
“Her master has recognised her there, and she must sing her way out of a sticky situation.”
The world-class opera performers who held a captivated audience at the 2018 performance will again take to the stage in Crookwell.
The concert will be held at the Crookwell Uniting Church on Sunday, March 31 at 2pm.
Tickets available at Crookwell Uniting Church, call Daniel Mossfield on 0432 648 676.
For more information visit vocistupende.com/concerts.