SO YOU WANNA BE AN… OPERA SINGER
What it’s like to be an opera kween.
WHEN DID YOU DECIDE YOU WANTED TO BECOME AN OPERA SINGER?
I was probably about eight years old; I was in a children’s choir and one of the instructors recommended I pursue opera and classical music.
ASIDE FROM NATURAL TALENT, WHAT STEPS DO PEOPLE NEED TO TAKE TO BECOME AN OPERA SINGER?
Start singing lessons and take any opportunities you can to perform – choirs, eisteddfods, school musicals. When I finished school, I did a Bachelor of Music at The University of Melbourne and then an opera course at The Opera Studio Melbourne.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Dressing up and transforming into a character – I think that’s so much fun! But the very best part of my job is that every opera is different, so it’s always interesting, challenging and exciting.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU PERFORMED AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE?
Incredible. No words can describe it. It’s a dream for so many to perform at the Sydney Opera House – it’s so iconic – so to actually make it was a dream come true.
WHAT’S AN AVERAGE DAY LIKE FOR YOU?
we might do production calls where we’re blocking an opera or we might have a wardrobe fitting. In the evening we have a performance.
HOW DID YOU LAND YOUR FIRST ROLE?
I had just finished studying at The Opera Studio Melbourne when I auditioned for Opera Australia’s Schools Company. My first gig was as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel.
WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR?
Being a young artist with Opera Australia is right up there. It was my dream – it’s what I was aiming for. It took me a while to get here but I’ve finally made it and I’m so happy!
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
I’m about to perform the role of Micaëla in Carmen. I’m so excited because this production is the annual outdoor Opera on Sydney Harbour. It’s such a beautiful event to attend.
“IT’S A DREAM FOR SO MANY TO PERFORM AT THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE – IT’S SO ICONIC – SO TO ACTUALLY MAKE IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE.”
The mornings can start off with rehearsals and music calls. Then