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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).

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.

Panayiota Kalatzis

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Panayiota Kalatzis
Australian Lyric Soprano Panayiota Kalatzis is the 2016 recipient of the Herald Sun Aria.

Panayiota is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). After completing her Bachelor of Music in 2010, she continued to complete a Master of Music Studies in 2012 (QCGU).

Panayiota has recently returned home to Australia after being awarded the 2014 Australian International Opera Award, which grants the awardee a scholarship to study an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the tutelage of Dennis O’Neill,

During her undergraduate studies Panayiota was a Mezzo-Soprano singing such roles as Zita Gianni Schicchi, Suor Zelatrice Suor Angelica, Dorothèe Cendrillon and Hermia A Midsummer Nights Dream.

Since transitioning to Soprano in 2013 Panayiota has been invited to sing in many distinguished events in Australia, UK and Europe.

Eleanor Greenwood

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Mezzo Soporano

Eleanor Greenwood made her singing debut at the International Opera Festival in Wexford, Ireland.  A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music Opera Studio in London, and of the Australian National University School of Music, Eleanor has sung both as a Soloist in various roles, and in Ensembles; on stage and on Radio; in London, in the UK, in Australia and most recently, throughout China.

In 2015 Eleanor was the winner of the Australasian Opera Competition at the Sydney Eisteddfod whose prior winners include Dame Joan Sutherland and Tenor Stuart Skelton. She received the Wagner Prize for German Repertoire, presented by the Wagner Society of NSW.

In Australia, Eleanor has sung with Opera Australia, for the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation and as a regular guest at St Andrew’s Cathedral Sydney, with the Cathedral Choir. Eleanor was a participant at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in QLD.

 

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.

Jeremy Kleeman

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Bass Baritone A graduate of Victorian Opera’s Developing Artist Program, Jeremy Kleeman has a Master of Music (Opera Performance) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, was on the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship from 2014-2015 with Melba Opera Trust, and was with Opera Scholars Australia from 2009-2012.

Most recent engagements include Magus in baroque pasticcio Voyage to the Moon on national tour (Musica Viva/Victorian Opera) for which he received a Helpmann nomination for Best Supporting Male; Toby Raven in the operatic world premiére of Cloudstreet (State Opera of South Australia); Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Australia Tour); and Teobaldo in the Helpmann award-winning Faramondo (Brisbane Baroque). Roles with Victorian Opera have included Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Marquis D’Obigny in La traviata, Albert the Pudding in the Green Room award-winning world premiére The Magic Pudding – The Opera; and he has also featured in I puritani, Sweeney Todd, and Seven Deadly Sins.

Upcoming engagements will include the roles of Badger/Parson in Cunning Little Vixen (VO), Mercurio/ Familiari III/Tribuno in Coronation of Poppea (Pinchgut Opera), and appearances at Opera in the Market, Opera By The Lakes (Gippsland Opera) and Opera in the Paddock (Opera Northwest, Mimosa).

Jeremy also performs regularly on the concert platform, having appeared with Melbourne Bach Choir, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Newcastle University Choir, and St. Francis Church, amongst others.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Lewis

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Mezzo soprano

Mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Lewis is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU), where she received a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical voice, and then a Master of Music Studies in 2010.

In 2013, Elizabeth became a member of the Opera Q Studio (previously Opera Queensland Young Art Program) where she was a principal artist in the new work Abandon (Opera Q/DanceNorth) which was nominated for an Australian Dance Award in 2014 after a remount of the production at the World Theatre Festival. Following this, she joined the Developing Artist Program at the Victorian Opera (VO) and started her second masters degree at The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM), University of Melbourne.

Elizabeth has been the recipient of many scholarships and awards including the Harold and Erika Fisher Memorial Opera Scholarship (MCM), the Bel Canto Institute Scholarship (Florence), Echoes Above Performance Award – Bel Canto Institute (Florence/Los Angeles), Elizabeth Muir Scholarship (QCGU), Linda Edith Allen Scholarship (QCGU) and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School Scholarship in both 2011 and 2012. She was also runner-up in the 88th Herald Sun Aria Competition 2012.

In 2015, Elizabeth will again be a member of the Victorian Opera Developing Artist Program and will be continuing her studies at the University of Melbourne. She will also be a principal artist in Alice in Operaland (VO), Remembrance (VO) and The Seven Deadly Sins (VO). Elizabeth will also be the understudy for the roles of Mary in The Flying Dutchman (VO), Enrichetta di Franca in I Puritani (VO) and Mrs Lovatt in Sweeney Todd (VO).