SO YOU WANNA BE AN… OPERA SINGER

What it’s like to be an opera kween.

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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

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