Singer goes back to school

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Tanya MacNaughton

TARYN Fiebig loved mu­sic so much that she fol­lowed wher­ever it took her and is now prin­ci­pal so­prano at Opera Aus­tralia.

It be­gan in the 1980s when Fiebig wanted to join her brother study­ing at Churchlands SHS.

She was awarded a schol­ar­ship to the school’s in­ten­sive mu­sic course and be­gan play­ing cello.

“I look back at those days very fondly,” the Sydney-based Fiebig said.

“They were some of the best years of my life where I made life­long friends and had ex­cel­lent teach­ers who were in­te­gral in my ap­pre­ci­a­tion of mu­sic.

“I car­ried on be­cause of those teach­ers; they in­fused me with a love of mu­sic and in­spired me to keep go­ing.”

After grad­u­at­ing in 1989, Fiebig con­tin­ued her cello stud­ies at UWA and au­di­tioned for the Aus­tralia Opera Stu­dio at age 29.

“I never con­sid­ered be­ing an opera singer, un­like most who have made their mind up by about the time they’re 15,” she said.

“I think I was prob­a­bly al­ways bet­ter singing than I was at cello and sang along­side my cello stud­ies.

“It sort of nat­u­rally took over and after I stud­ied for two years at Aus­tralia Opera Stu­dio, I went straight to Opera Aus­tralia.”

Fiebig will re­turn to Perth to sing at Churchlands SHS for the first time since grad­u­at­ing, in a one night only con­cert at the school’s 500-seat con­cert hall.

“I told my old maths teacher I’d like to sing at the school and he said ‘well, let’s or­gan­ise it’,” she said.

“He talked to the prin­ci­pal and the next thing I know we’d found a date, so be care­ful what you wish for.”

Fiebig, who will sing and play cello, will be ac­com­pa­nied in From High School to Opera Aus­tralia by pi­anist and long-time friend Mark Cough­lan, of Shen­ton Park, in a pro­gram in­clud­ing Mozart, Puc­cini and Gersh­win.

“It’ll be like a mu­si­cal bi­og­ra­phy, a real mixed bag,” she said.

“A lot of my school friends said they’ll be com­ing too, so it will be a bit of a re­union.”

Taryn Fiebig.

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