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Catherine made her debut with Diva Opera in 2009 La Boheme appearing at the Vezere Festival and Azuriales Festival in France. She has also performed the role of Venus in Orphee aux Enfers by Offenbach and Ida in Strauss’ party scene from Die Fledermaus at the Royal Albert Hall. In 2010 she sang Micaela in Carmen throughout the UK, France, Switzerland and the Channel Islands. Catherine has performed Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello for Dorset Opera and Leonora in Il Trovatore as well as performing extensively throughout Europe. In 2012, she performed Violetta in La Traviata at the Windsor Festival. Catherine is now based in Sydney and in 2014 covered the role of Desdemona in Verdi’s Otello for Opera Australia and sang Princess Nicoletta in Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges.


Christopher graduated from the National Opera Studio (London) in 2007. He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, most notably the Opera Foundation Covent Garden Scholarship in 2006. He sang Germont in La traviata for OzOpera, Fiorello in The Barber of Seville and appeared in concert in Beijing. He joined the principal ensemble of Opera Australia in 2012, singing Zurga (The Pearl Fishers), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), Christian (Un ballo in maschera), Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and The Convict in(The Rabbits) and Papageno (The Magic Flute) and the title role in Don Giovanni for OzOpera; he also made his international stage debut as Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale in Tokyo, Japan. 



David has covered and performed large roles with Opera Australia, including Don Jose in Carmen, Froh and Siegmund in Melbourne production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Borsa in Rigoletto, Roderigo in Otello, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly and Rodolfo in La Boheme, Carlson in Of Mice and Men, Pong in Turandot, Victorin / Gaston in Die Tote Stadt, Narraboth in Salome and sang Captain / Hypoletus / Narrator in For the Love of a Nightingale by Australian composer Richard Mills. In early 2015, David relocated to Vienna continuing German language lessons with Deutsch Akademie and is currently working primarily with Sylvia Greenberg and David Aronson.



Emily joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at Covent Garden in 2015. In her first season, her roles included Third Grace/Third Fate (Orpheus) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Alms Sister (Suor Angelica) and Käthchen (Werther) on the main stage and in the world premiere of 4.48 Psychosis in the Lyric Hammersmith. Her roles in the 2016/17 Season include Singer and Musician (Manon Lescaut), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Tebaldo (Don Carlo) for The Royal Opera and in Les Enfants Terribles for The Royal Ballet. Operatic engagements include Asteria (Bajazet) for Pinchgut Opera, Kate Julian (Owen Wingrave) and roles in Through the Gates and the Australian premiere of Into the Little Hill for Sydney Chamber Opera. 



Eva is currently a Moffat Oxenbauld Young Artist with Opera Australia, and since 2010 has performed chorus and study roles, covering Norina in Don Pasquale, High Priestess in Aida (Handa Opera on the Harbour), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Gilda in Rigoletto, Gianetta in The Elixir of Love (covering Adina), Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, and this year sang Liù in Turandot for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Laura in Luisa Miller and Princess Linetta in The Love for Three Oranges.  In 2017, she appears in Parsifal and Great Opera Hits, and takes the sopranos solos in Carmina Burana for the Melbourne Symphony. Eva has also performed Madame Mao in Nixon in China to great acclaim with Victorian State Opera.


                 HELEN SHERMAN

Helen is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music    where    she    was    the    first    student    to    receive    the International   Artists   Diploma   in   opera.   Helen   is   a   Samling Scholar, Associate Artist for Classical Opera Company and YCAT alumnus. In  2014  she  represented  Australia  as  a  finalist  in  the Francisco  Viñas  International  Singing  Competition,  Barcelona and was invited to sing in the Opening Ceremony of the Tour de France, Le Grand Depart.  In 2013,  Helen was  awarded  3rd  prize in the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition, and in 2011, she represented  Australia  at  BBC  Cardiff  Singer  of  the  World competition.



James was a recipient of a number of major singing awards in Australia, including the Mietta Song Recital Award, Vienna State Opera Award and Britten-Pears Young Artist Award. He has sung with the Vienna State Opera, Staatstheater Cottbus, Tiroler Festspiele Erl and Opera Australia. Operatic roles he has performed include titles roles in Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Owen Wingrave, Beckmesser (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Gunther (Götterdämmerung), Il Conte, Antonio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Escamillo (Carmen), Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Johann (Werther), Mr. Gobineau (The Medium), Melchior (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Der Feenkönig, Harald (Die Feen) and he made his musical theatre debut in 2012 singing the role of ‘Curly’ in Oklahoma!



Jane has been a finalist in the McDonalds Operatic Aria Award, Opera Foundation Australia’s New York Study Award, Covent Garden Opera Study Scholarship and Metropolitan Opera Award. In 2010 she joined the Opera Australia Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist program. Recent roles for Opera Australia have included Lady Billows (Albert Herring), Diana (Orpheus in the Underworld), Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung for the Melbourne Ring Cycle, Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), First Lady (The Magic Flute), Frasquita (Carmen), Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Ellen (Lakmé), the Countess Ceprano (Rigoletto), Mrs Segstrom (A Little Night Music), Lucy and Nurse 2 (Bliss), Pamina and First Lady (The Magic Flute), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro) Kate Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly).and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), and Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) for OzOpera.


Margaret has performed many roles with Opera Australia, plus covering and being a fulltime chorus member, and performing with OzOpera, Pinchgut Opera and Lyric Opera of Melbourne. After winning the Vienna State Opera Award from Opera Foundation Australia, Margaret relocated to Vienna in early 2015 where she performed Waltraute in Die Walküre and Tebaldo in Don Carlo. The 16/17 opera season sees Margaret perform Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Giovanna in Rigoletto, Küchenjunge in Rusalka, Stephano in Romeo et Juliette, Anton in Pünktchen und Anton, Blumenmädchen in Parsifal and Margaret will tour to Oman while covering Charlotte in Werther.


Martin began working with Opera Australia in 2008. In his initial 4 years with the company, Martin appeared in over 40 productions, covering and performing some 13 assorted roles. Operatic Roles performed with Opera Australia include Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Spoletta in Tosca, Dance Master in Manon Lescaut, Foreman in Lady Macbeth of  Mtsensk, Gastone in La Traviata and First Prisoner in Fidelio. In 2015, he played Pinkerton in Opera Australia’s Melbourne Season of Madama Butterfly as well as covering major roles in La Boheme, Faust, Turandot and La Traviata. He also features in their Great Opera Hits concert series. Operatic Roles performed with other companies include Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Cecco in Il mondo della luna, Donald in Gallantry, Mozart in Mozart and Salieri, Prince Philip in A Dinner Engagement, Lechmere in Owen Wingrave and the title role in Candide.


2012  saw  Mary-Jean  take  a  young  artist  residency  with  the  Opera  Theater of  St.  Louis which included understudying the role of Alice in the American premiere of Unsuk Chin's Alice in Wonderland. In 2013, Mary-Jean understudied the Title Role in Lulu for Welsh National Opera.  She  sang  the  role  of Antonia in The Tales of Hoffmann for Opera Project, Vassal Lady and Waldvögel (c) in Götterdämmerung at  the Longborough  Festival, Queen of  the  Night in Die  Zauberflöte for  Opera  Project  and Anne  Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor for Burry Port Opera. In May 2015, Mary-Jean represented Armenia as part of the group Geneology at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.


In 2013, Michael graduated with Master of Performance from the Royal College of Music, London (RCM), where he was the recipient of the Vivian Prins Award. Michael’s studies were aided by bursaries from the Opera and Arts Support Group, the NSW Music Teachers Association and the Royal School of Church Music NSW branch. After graduating, Michael was active as a freelance singer with companies across the UK such as English Touring Opera, London Voices, the Philharmonia Chorus and Garsington Opera while continuing his vocal studies in London with Raymond Connell. Michael has just performed a role in Pecan Summer with Short Black Opera at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall.


Penelope has performed across Australasia, the UK and the USA, and performs extensively in both opera and on the concert platform with internationally renowned conductors and orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Chamber Choir, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Sydney Concert Orchestra, Sydney Soloists and the Australia Ensemble. Penelope’s operatic roles include Elettra (Idomeneo), Euridice (L’Orfeo) and Venus (Dardanus) for Pinchgut Opera; Tatyana (Onegin), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Nedda (I Pagliacci) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in the UK. Penelope can be heard in many live broadcasts for ABC Classic fm in her roles with Pinchgut Opera.  


Richard relocated to the UK in 2010 to further his operatic career, where he completed a Master of Music and Postgraduate Diploma in Solo Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music with Thomas Schulze. His operatic roles have included Don Basilio and Don Curzio (Le Nozze di Figaro), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Ruiz (Il Trovatore), Gaston (La Traviata) Iro (Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Tamino (The Magic Flute) Nemorino (l’Elisir d’Amore) Count Almaviva (The Barber of Seville) Mr Upfold (Albert Herring), Box (Cox and Box), Camille (The Merry Widow) and Remendado (Carmen) as well as numerous operatic excerpts. His younger sister, Emma Hansen, was a PO Young Artist in 2014.


Sam is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Scholarship, the Rosina Raisbeck Award and winner of the prestigious 2009 Australian Singing Competition. In 2010, after performing the role of Morales in Francesca Zambello’s Carmen and Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, he was invited to join Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program (2011-2013). Sam has performed and covered roles in Street Scene, Candide, Angelique, The Crucible, The Magic Flute, The Mikado, Der Rosenkavalier, Rigoletto, Tosca, La Sonnambula, Manon, Lakme, Les pecheurs de perles, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Bliss, La Fanciulla del West, Cosi fan tutte, Il Trovatore, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Il Turco in Italia and Eugene Onegin


Sian became a member of Opera Australia’s Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artists’ Development Program in 2007 and has since sung many roles for Opera Australia including Olga (Eugene Onegin), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Inez (Il Trovatore), Venus (Orpheus in the Underworld), Curra (La forza del destino), Nancy (Albert Herring), Siegrune (Die Walküre) for the Melbourne Ring Cycle, Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Stephano (Romeo and Juliet), Annio (La Clemenza di Tito), Page (Salome), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Kitchen Boy (Rusalka), Mercédès (Carmen), and the title role in Carmen for Opera Australia’s Northern Territory and West Australian tour, along with Opera Australia’s performance at the Poly Theatre in Beijing for the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival.


Sophie has appeared with the Al Bustan Festival, Grange Park Opera, Co-Opera Co., Opera Purpur, Buxton Festival Opera, Clonter Opera, Benslow Baroque Opera, Focus Opera & the Gabrieli Consort and Players. Operatic roles have included Verdi Otello (Emilia),Rossini Otello (Emilia), Eugene Onegin (Olga), La Finta Giardiniera (Ramiro), The Cunning Little Vixen (Fox), Orlando Paladino (Alcina), Kaschey the Immortal (Kascheyevna), Serse (Arsamene), Semele (Ino and Juno), Albert Herring (Nancy), and world premieres of Benjamin Ellin’s Beyond the Screen (Morena), Tom Floyd's Micromegas (Poet) and the title role in Carmen. Sophie is currently preparing Flora Bervoix in West Green House Opera’s La Traviata and will also join Wexford Festival Opera in the spring of 2016.


Valda won the Opera Foundation Australia’s scholarship to the National Opera Studio London, and has performed extensively within Australia and Europe. Valda was a member of the Young Artist Programs at the Salzburg and Verbier Festivals. She recently made her German operetta debuts to critical acclaim in Der Vetter aus Dingsda and Die lustige Witwe. During the past two years, Valda has been a fulltime member of the ensemble at the Oldenburg State Theatre. Upcoming roles in 2016 include Williamson's The Swallow in The Happy Prince (Australian Festival of Chamber Music) and Handel's Theodora (title role, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney).

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