Advisory Council


Peter Reeve - Chair

Bio coming soon


Annette Brown

Annette Brown's dedication to music education over the last 15 years has included positions with well known music organisations such as the Australian Music Examination Board, The Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Musica Viva.

Annette firmly believes in equity and access to a musical education for all and her wealth of experience in the area of arts administration, both volunteer and in a professional capacity, has always centered on this.

Annette's role as Manager of the Willoughby Symphony sees her managing the ensemble’s day to day operations.

She is looking forward to many more successful years with Willoughby and is particularly passionate about giving performance opportunities both locally and regionally to the incredible talent of our musical youth in Australia.


Christopher Curcuruto

Christopher Curcuruto (bass-baritone) joins the Pacific Opera Advisory Committee as Young Artist representative for 2017. Christopher has been involved with Pacific Opera since 2015, playing the role of Harasta in Pacific Opera's 'Cunning Little Vixen' and accepting a Young Artist position in 2016.

Christopher is very active in the Sydney opera scene, performing with many companies just this year, including Rockdale Opera Company, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and Operantics, as well as co-founding his own, Bare Bones Opera, which made its critically acclaimed debut in August. Christopher also owns and operates BookClassical (a classical music booking agency) and has previously co-founded and operated Felt Tip Theatre Company (a regional touring company).

Christopher brings his skills as an independent producer and entrepreneur to the Committee as well as his experience as a practising solicitor, currently working in commercial litigation. Christopher is particularly interested in marketing and promotion and was engaged in this capacity by the Sydney Theatre Company for their "New England Project" in 2012. In addition to speaking for the Young Artists and providing their valuable feedback on the program to the Committee, Christopher's portfolio will also include social media and promotion.

 

Amelia Farrugia

Amelia is one of Australia’s favourite star sopranos. She has performed Major Principal roles for Opera Australia since 1994 and recently performed with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and made her debut as Cunegonde in Bernstein’s Candide for Opera Queensland, appeared as Genio in Hadyn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under the baton of Maestro Bonynge.

Internationally, she joined the roster of soloists at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, and covered the title roles of Massenet’s Manon and Lehar’s The Merry Widow. Amelia has also performed for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Opera Hong Kong and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.

She has appeared in many large-scale events, including the internationally televised Carols in the Domain, Mazda’s Opera in the Domain (NeddaPagliacci MusettaLa Boheme) and as a soloist in the internationally televised Final Mass for Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day 2008. 

Her debut solo recording, Joie de vivre! (DECCA), released by Universal Music Australia, was recorded in the UK with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Briger, and was nominated for a Classical Aria Award (2006). She is the first Australian solo artist to record on the prestigious Decca label since Dame Joan Sutherland in 1959.

Leona Geeves

Leona trained as a research librarian with a degree in Media Studies and Journalism.  She worked in picture research, then broadcasting policy and regulation before moving into media with radio SBS and ABC TV, and later in architects’ practices. Her father worked in radio management and was a classical singer, and her mother, an advertising copywriter, was a member of the Albert music publishing family whose brothers worked for Paramount films.

Leona has travelled widely attending opera and music theatre performances, in Australia and worldwide. She was invited to become Vice President of the Wagner Society in NSW organising speakers and concerts. She also assists with speaker selection for Sydney Opera Society and Opera Lunedi. She wrote several chapters for the coffee table book, Great Grand and Famous Opera Houses of the World, and has also contributed articles and reviews to journals and websites, such as the Wagner Quarterly and Sounds Like Sydney.


Dr Andree Leidenfrost

Andree is an accomplished business technologist, business transformation expert and entrepreneur.

After finishing his PhD in applied geophysics, he realised that whilst he enjoyed solving problems using technology, he equally valued interaction with people and contributing to making life better for them. So, he abandoned geophysics and moved to Australia where he has since been working on giving people and organisations better technology and better processes.

Andree much enjoys art in general - as a beautiful way of humans interaction - and performing arts in particular. A long time ago, he used to play the trumpet.


Christopher Puplick AM, BA, MA (Hons), JP

Chris Puplick is the Principal of Issus Solutions Pty Ltd, a private consultancy firm, working primarily in the field of public health. He held public office as a Senator for New South Wales and as a member of the Shadow Cabinet, and statutory office as President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board; NSW Privacy Commissioner; Chair of the Central Sydney Area Health Service and Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases.

He has represented Australia internationally at meetings of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS and at the International Whaling Commission.  He was the inaugural Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and served previously on the Boards of NIDA and the Theatre Board of the Australia Council. He is current chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Archives of Australia.

He has authored over 90 publications or broadcasts including five books. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to social justice and the fight against HIV/AIDS.


Sylvie Renaud-Calmel

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