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Rhodri Clarke

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Rhodri Clarke graduated with first class honours from the Royal College Of Music, London in 2004.

He has lived in the Netherlands where he performed with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and has toured extensively with tenor, Rolando Villazon’s Bolivar Soloists appearing with the group at the Berlin Philharmonie, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris and also in Mexico, programs recorded for the Deutsche Grammaphon label.

He has also toured to Venezuela, with double bass player, Edicson Ruiz of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and accompanied Bryn Terfel at Carnegie Hall in New York. Other engagements as an accompanist have seen him perform at many prestigious European concert venues including London’s Wigmore Hall and also at the Lucerne International Music Festival.

As duo-pianist, with internationally renowned, David Helfgott, Rhodri has given performances of the two-piano version of the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No3 at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Recital Centre and, during 2017, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, at the KKL Hall in Lucerne, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and The Barbican Hall, London.

Henry Choo

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Tenor 

Regarded as one of Australia’s finest lyric coloratura tenors with a voice that displays great versatility across a range of styles, Henry was raised in the cultural city of Melbourne and originally trained as a pianist, violinist and boy soprano. He achieved an Associate Diploma in Singing and furthered his operatic studies at the Melba Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music, as well as with late French repertoire specialist Susan Falk.

Henry is an alumnus of both the Young Artist Program of Opera Queensland and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program of Opera Australia. He has received multiple Green Room Award nominations, most recently for his portrayal of Robert Leicester in Melbourne Opera’s production of Maria Stuarda.

Henry made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in Opera Queensland’s production of (Don Pasquale), and his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in (Der Rosenkavalier). Other major roles include Nemorino (L’elisir D’amore), Tamino (The Magic Flute), Acis (Acis and Galatea), Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Nadir (The Pearl Fishers), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Lysander (A Midsummers Night’s Dream), Lord Percy (Anna Bolena) and Baccus (Ariadne auf Naxos).
Henry has worked with the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, Darwin, New Zealand, Christchurch, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria, Sydney Philharmonia, Australia Ensemble and Auckland Bach Musica.

In 2017 Henry made his world debut in the role of Ben (The Bone Feeder) with Opera NZ and Auckland Festival. Henry also sang with the Auckland Choral Society, Melbourne Bach Choir, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, NZ Bach Society, Robert (Robert Devereux) with Melbourne Opera, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.

In 2018 Henry will be recording his debut CD titled “Bright Poet” with the Wellington Symphony Orchestra, Sailor (Tristan and Isolde), Opera in the Vineyard for NZ Opera, Beethoven 9 with the WA Symphony Orchestra, world debut of works by Ross Harris with the Auckland Philharmonia Trust Orchestra, perform on the inaugural UK Bravo Cruise, Morning Melodies (Hamer Hall), Carmina Burana for Dunedin Symphony Orchestra, Australian Bravo Cruise and Handel’s Messiah with the Symphony Orchestras of Tasmania, WA and Adelaide.

For more information, please visit Henry’s official website at http://www.henrychoo.com/

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

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Bass Baritone

At the outset of his career Teddy Tahu Rhodes was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Award, and performed in the Young Songmakers Almanac Concert Series in London, in the Salt Lake City International Concert Series, and in recital in Japan. He represented New Zealand in the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Teddy has rapidly established an international career on both the opera stage and concert platform. He has performed with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, Chicago and New York, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

A regular guest with all the major Australasian orchestras, engagements include recitals at Sydney’s Utzon Room and in Washington DC, three national tours with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, BBC Proms, London Philharmonic, WASO, QSO, TSO, MSO, NZSO and Auckland Philharmonia. He debuted at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 2009.

Recent seasons include Guglielmo – Così fan tutte and The Count – The Marriage of Figaro (Cincinnati, Opera Australia, Washington Opera), Lescaut – Manon Lescaut (Leipzig, OA), Escamillo- Carmen (Hamburg, Paris, Munich, Bilbao, Metropolitan Opera, OA), Stanley – A Streetcar Named Desire (Vienna, OA), Joe – Dead Man Walking, the title role in Don Giovanni (OA, West Australian Opera), Scarpia – Tosca (West Australian Opera), Emile de Becque -South Pacific and The King- The King and I , both Australian tours for Opera Australia. New roles include Méphistophélès – Faust (Opera Australia, South Australian Opera and West Australian Opera) and the title role in Sweeney Todd (Victorian State Opera, New Zealand Opera).

In 2018 Teddy commences recording his new CD, “I’ll Walk Beside You” with ABC Classics, Tosca (NZ Opera), Faure Requiem (Qld Symphony Orchestra), UK and Australian Bravo Cruises, William Tell and I Capuleti ei Montecchi (Victorian Opera), Bangalow Festival (Southern Cross Soloists) and Don Giovanni (WA Opera).

Accolades include an ARIA (Best Classical Record for The Voice) two Helpmann Awards/Best Male Operatic Performer for Dead Man Walking/State Opera of South Australia and in the Sydney performances presented by Andrew McManus/Alexander Productions) and the 2006 Limelight Award (Best Performance by a Soloist with an Orchestra for his performances with the ACO). Most recently he has been honoured with a Green Room Award for Best Male Artist in a Leading Role for his performance of Don Giovanni for Opera Australia plus a MO Award (Operatic Performer of the Year).

Peta Blyth

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Soprano

Peta Blyth studied at the University of Queensland graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Music, with piano as a performance major and voice as secondary study. She was awarded the Sir Henry Abel Smith Scholarship and studied postgraduate singing at the Royal College of Music, London, where she also completed the two year Royal College of Music Opera Course.

Returning to Australia, she performed with the Australian Opera, making her principal role debut in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis directed by Graeme Murphy. Subsequent roles with the Australian Opera included Papagena in The Magic Flute, Sophie in Werther, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, Chava in The Fiddler on the Roof, First Niece in Peter Grimes and Jano in Jenufa.

Among her numerous understudies was the title role of Marie in The Daughter of the Regiment performed by Dame Joan Sutherland. Peta has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Queensland, in Hong Kong and in New Zealand as Musetta in La Boheme. As a concert artist, she has appeared as a soloist with the Queensland Orchestra and Queensland Philharmonic Orchestras and the Seymour Group in the title role of Sculthorpe’s Eliza Fraser.

Peta combines a career of performance, teaching and is demand as an adjudicator. For twelve year she has organised and performed in the annual event, Opera in the Paddock. As Artistic Director of Opera North West Ltd , she is committed to the performance of fine music in regional areas, organising and performing in numerous concerts across regional New South Wales.

With pianist David Miller, Peta released the CD Blyth Spirit. In 2010, she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for contribution to the performing arts, particularly opera.

Ruth Strutt

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Mezzo soprano

Ruth Strutt is an Australian mezzo-soprano of critical acclaim. A dynamic artist and musician, Ruth performs regularly on opera and theatre stages across the country.

Ruth hails from the icy climes of northern New South Wales and completed her Bachelor of Music at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2011. Since then, Ruth has enjoyed performing on many and varied stages across Australia performing opera, oratorio, music theatre, and stage plays. Ruth has sung numerous roles, including Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Alto in English Eccentrics, Pitti Sing in The Mikado, The Composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, and Ariodante in Ariodante. She most recently received rave reviews at the Sydney Fringe Festival for her portrayal of the Mother in The Things I Could Never Tell Steven.

Ruth is currently performing as a Principal Artist with Opera Australia, starring in the Great Opera Hits concert series. Ruth performing the role of Ferdinand in El Kid for both the Melbourne 2016 and Sydney 2017 Schools Tours, as well as a season at the Arts Centre Melbourne, and will be singing in the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour season of La Bohème in 2018. Ruth will also be singing the role of La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi for Opera Australia in Japan in late 2018.

Ruth is particularly passionate about Australian composition and new works. She has worked alongside composers such as Richard Peter Maddox, Elena Kats-Chernin, Guy Noble, Dan Walker, Sally Whitwell, and Benjamin Thorne. Ruth has premiered a number of new pieces, most recently Unbroken Stillness, These Men and Kubla Kahn by Richard Peter Maddox, The Aqueduct by Jennifer Game-Lopata at the Brisbane Restrung Festival, and God’s Drawing Board by Elena Kats-Chernin. She is affiliated with Opera Queensland, Opera North West, and Melbourne City Opera, being a featured artist in Opera at Langford and Opera in the Vines, as well as being the vocalist in the baroque improvisation quartet, Wondrous Machine.

Ruth also has extensive experience in choral music and vocal pedagogy. She has worked with Gondwana Voices and Sydney Childrens’ Choir and conducted the New England Singers and Cantilena Choirs at the New England Conservatorium of Music, as well as maintaining a large teaching studio at the Conservatorium. She has worked extensively with choral conductors Lyn Williams, George Torbay, Paul Holley, Mark O’Leary, and Dan Walker, and is passionate about sharing her love of music with younger singers.

David Hamilton

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A tenor with a distinguished career in the fields of opera, oratorio and concert repertoire, David is originally from Scotland, where he graduated in Singing and Flute at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and he has built a strong reputation and performed extensively throughout Australia, New Zealand Germany and the UK.

He moved to Sydney in 1979 and there he was an early member of The Song Company, Australia’s premier a cappella vocal ensemble for 7 years after which he went freelance and performances have included the tenor roles in most of the major oratorios with all the major orchestras in Australia and New Zealand; and he has also performed to critical acclaim throughout Asia and at many theatres and festivals and was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in 2001.

David’s repertoire encompasses an extraordinarily wide range, from Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation to 20th century masterpieces such as Britten’s War Requiem and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius.

Operatic tenor roles include the title role in Britten’s Albert Herring; Quint in Turn of the Screw and Male Chorus in the Rape of Lucretia; Belmonte in Mozart’s Entführung Serail and Loge in Wagner’s Das Rheingold

David relocated to Germany from 2007 to 2012, where he sang the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo in Neu Munster, performed the title role in Lohengrin for Saarbrucken Opera and in the same role, understudied Peter Seiffert in Luxemburg.
Other works include: Recitals of Schubert, Schumann, Haydn and Beethoven repertoire (he recorded Beethoven’s Scottish Lieder for Brilliant Classics in 2008).
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony (Panama City and Edinburgh Festival), Schubert’s Die Winterreise and the tenor role in Ricci’s opera Le Prigione di Edimburgo. In Berlin and Lübeck respectively, David performed Dvorak’s Die Geisterbraut with Berliner Cappella Choir and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and the role of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte. David returned to live in Sydney in 2012, to work with Opera Australia.

In recent years, David’s New Zealand engagements included, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius for Auckland Choral; Mendelssohn’s St Paul for Bach Musica and the Messiah with City Choir Dunedin.
In 2014, he returned to Germany and Poland to sing Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with Berliner Choir and in New Zealand will sing the Evangelist in St John’s Passion for Bach Musica NZ and perform in the Mozart Requiem under the baton of Paul Fitzsimon with Willoughby Symphony.

Recent solo performances include: the Polymnia Ensemble, Sydney Graduate Choir, Willoughby Symphony, Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, City Choir Dunedin, Auckland Chorale and Christchurch City Choir, New Zealand.
In 2016, David covers the enormous role of Siegfried in Wagner’s The Ring for Opera Australia.
Upcoming engagements include: Opera in the Paddock and Dream of Gerontius in 2017.

Timothy Sexton

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As a freelance composer, conductor, arranger, singer, writer, adjudicator and broadcaster, Timothy Sexton is one of the most prominent musicians in South Australia.

Timothy has composed more than 200 works, ranging from opera through children’s theatre to choral works and has worked with most of SA’s leading performing arts companies. He has sung in more than30 productions for the State Opera of South Australia and conducting credits for that company include Don Pasquale, The Mikado, Riders to the Sea, Mavra, Treemonisha, Mahagonny Songspiel, The Turn of the Screw, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten and Einstein on the beach, SweeneyTodd, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Undertow (with which he toured Hungary and Finland in August2005), The Station, Bastien and Bastienne, La Voix Humaine and the critically acclaimed production of Glass’s Satyagraha with the Adelaide Vocal Project and Leigh Warren and Dancers.

He was Associate Chorus Master for Wagner’s Gotterdammerung for the 2003 Perth Festival and Chorus Master and a Rehearsal Conductor for the 2004 Ring Cycle staged in Adelaide. Orchestral conducting credits include performances with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia.

In late 2001Timothy founded the Adelaide Art Orchestra and with them has performed with such Australian music luminaries as Glenn Shorrock, Anthony Warlow, Judi Connelli, David Hobson, Rob Guest, Marina Prior and Julie Anthony.

Timothy is a two-time recipient of the Henry Krips Memorial Conducting Scholarship and in 2003 was awarded a Centenary Medal for Services to Music. He was named 2009 South Australian of the Year in the Arts.  In 2011 he was appointed Artistic Director and CEO of the State Opera of South Australia.

2016 Opera

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9th Nov 2015

Opera North West is excited to announce details of two performances of Opera in the Paddock next year.

The much celebrated event will not only take place in the ‘paddock’ at Mimosa Delungra on April 2, an inaugural perfromance will also be held in Lazenby Hall at the University of New England on April 1, 2016.

The company  hopes that the additional performance in Armidale will provide greater opportunity for those who were robbed of the performance in 2015, due to freak weather, to attend.

Opera North West has been inspired by the response of artists, who depsite their busy schedules have committed to return for what promises to be an outstanding performance.

Importantly, we are delighted  that super star Teddy Thau Rhodes is able to return, unequivocally pledging his support for the event. Equally significant is the availability and enthusiastic willingess  to return of tenor,Bradley Daley and soprano Elizabeth Lewis, conductor Timothy  Sexton as well as the full line up of the Mimosa orchestra.

Opera North West sincerely appreciates the patience of all those who attended earlier in the years. A discount to these patrons will be on offer for those who return to the paddock in 2016.

We look  forward to welcoming our supporters back to the paddock or to Lazenby Hall for what will be an unforgettable event.

Tickets for Opera In the Paddock will go on sale on December 10, 2015.

Bradley Daley

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Tenor
Bradley Daley was born in Australia and studied music at the University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Conservatorium before continuing his private studies in the United States and Europe.

His many roles have included Riccardoin Oberto, Carlo in Giovanna d’Arco, Alfredo in La traviata, Radames in Aida, Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera, Manrico in Il trovatore, Alfred in Die Fledermaus,Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana, Cavaradossiin Tosca, Pinkertonin Madama Butterfly, Calaf in Turandot, Boris in Kát’a Kabanová, Peter in Peter Grimes, Samsonin Samson et Delilah, MaoTse Tungin Nixon in China,Eric in Der fliegende Holländer andBilly and Bill in Mahagonny Songspiel and Happy End.

Since making his debut with the English National Opera as Rodolfo in La bohème, Bradley has worked with a variety of companies in the United Kingdom and Europe. These have included Opera North, Welsh National Opera, English National Opera, Holland Park Opera and Co-Opera Ireland.  He has performed regularly with Muziektheatre Transparent in Belgium, Compagnia d’Opera Italiana di Milano, Opera Nomade in Paris; in 2005, he was invited to give the first performance of a Western opera at the Hanoi Opera House.  Concert appearances have included Festival Hall, the Barbican, Brangwyn Hall in Wales, Großes Festspielhaus Salzburg, Melbourne Town Hall and the concert halls of both the Queensland Arts Centre and the Sydney Opera House.

Bradley has been involved in two world premières: he created the role of Staff Officer in English National Opera’s The Silver Tassie by Mark Anthony Turnage and the role of Gunther in The Triumph of Spirit over Matter for Muziektheatre Transparent, Belgium.

Concert performances have included Dvoràk’s Stabat Mater, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Die erste Walpurgisnacht for the Prague Music Festival, Messiah with the Britten Sinfonia at Snape Maltings and Elgar’s The Kingdom and The Dream of Gerontius at Melbourne Town Hall.

Bradley Daley was a finalist in the Bayreuth Bursary Competition in London and has been frequently broadcast on BBC, Channel 4 and ABC Television and Radio.

Most recently, in Australia, Bradley has been performing major principal roles with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia. These have included Dick Johnson in La fanciulla del West, Canio in Pagliacci, Don José in Carmen and Florestan in Fidelio.

Bradley won a Green Room award for his performance as Curley in Opera Australia’s 2011 production Of Mice and Men.  In 2013, he sang Narraboth in Salome for State Opera of South Australia and Mao Tse-tung in Victorian Opera’s production of Nixon in China – receiving his second Green Room Award for the latter.  2014  saw  performances as Don José for Opera Australia in Sydney and Melbourne, as Rodolfo for Opera Queensland The title role in Othello for State Opera of South Australia. In February 2015, Bradley  sings the role of Erik in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman for  Victorian Opera.