The Melba Opera Trust presents
OPERA IN THE GARDEN
Join some of Australia’s most talented young opera artists from Melba Opera Trust in the sublime setting of Cloudehill as they perform a program as inspired as our gardens.
Featuring favourites from composers including Mozart, Handel, Nicolai and Beethoven - particularly apt given 2020 is Beethoven’s 250th birthday - you'll enjoy an exciting repertoire that ranges from the drama of Carmen, the romance of South Pacific and the pure joy and frivolity of The Merry Wives of Windsor. It’s an evening not to be missed.
Melba Opera Trust is Australia’s premier scholarship program for promising young opera singers and repetiteurs. We ensure that young Australian opera singers and pianists with exceptional promise are supported financially during a crucial phase of their development, namely in postgraduate training as the bridge to becoming polished professionals.
Driven by Dame Nellie Melba’s conviction a beautiful voice is not enough, the Melba program nurtures artistic development alongside business training, mentoring and performance experience and is the next step for singers and repetiteurs preparing to become professionals on the world stage.
Melba Artist biographies:
John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship
Paulette Bisley Opera Scholarship
Soprano Emilia Bertolini is a versatile musician with a love of an eclectic range of music. Emilia has explored a variety of music from Baroque composers Couperin and Lully, to Romantics, Schubert and Schumann to Schoenberg’s haunting Pierrot Lunaire. She has performed as the journalist (Les Mamelles de Tiresias), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Despina (Cosi fan tutte). Emilia holds a Bachelor of Music with first-class Honours from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and, being an avid linguist, holds Diplomas in both French and Italian.
Ruskin Opera Scholarship
Tenor Nathan Bryon hails from Geurie in rural NSW and sees representing Dame Nellie Melba’s legacy as a privilege. Nathan’s operatic roles include Odoardo (Ariodante), Il Podesta di Lagonero (La finta giardiniera) and Acis (Acis and Galatea). Nathan recently co-founded Ensemble Polyphème, an opera company in Sydney focusing on the development of baroque performance practice skills for young artists. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is an alumnus of Pacific Opera and Moorambilla Voices.
Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship
Annie McFarling Opera Scholarship
Patrick & Vivian Gordon Award
Rebecca Hart is a young, bilingual French-Australian mezzo-soprano. Rebecca has performed in roles including Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Radamisto (Radamisto), Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), La Voix (Les Contes d’Hoffman), Ramiro (La finta giardiniera), Apollo (Apollo et Hyacinthus), Third Spirit (Die Zauberflöte), The Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas), Endimione (La Calisto) and Lady Jane (Patience). Rebecca completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and in 2018/2019 was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera.
Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship
Soprano Georgia Melville is excited to nurture the beauty and growth of her sound as she commences her journey as a Melba artist. Georgia’s operatic repertoire includes Arminda (La finta giardiniera), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), L’écureuil/La chatte (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Second Fairy (The Fairy Queen), Second Witch/Spirit (Dido and Aeneas), Coridon (Acis and Galatea), and Gianetta (The Gondoliers). Georgia holds a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Sharolyn Kimmorley AM
Artistic Manager and Scholar Advisor
After studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sharolyn Kimmorley joined the Music Staff of The Australian Opera and has assisted in the preparation of a vast range of works with many distinguished singers and conductors. In 1985 she became Principal Repetiteur for The Australian Opera and in 1987 was appointed Head of Music Staff. From 1994 to 1999 she was the company's Artistic Administrator, following which she was Opera Australia's Director of Music Administration until June 2003. Sharolyn Kimmorley is regarded as one of Australia’s finest vocal coaches and accompanists. She has recorded for ABC Classics, taken part in chamber music concerts and accompanied some of the world's most distinguished recitalists. In January 2009 Sharolyn became a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her work as an accompanist and the nurturing and mentoring of emerging artists.
Saturday 25th January 20206.00pm - 9.00pm
Gates Open: 5pm
89 Olinda-Monbulk Rd, Olinda
A cushion, and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring a jacket if the day is cool, or a hat and sunscreen if the day is hot.
Children under 16 $30
Enquiries to Jeremy Francis
on 03 9751 1009
“Shakespeare would be proud of such a brilliant company performing in such inspiring locations.”
“OZACT in the great outdoors, Its a wonderful adventure, everytime!”
“Another captivating, enthralling, and totally exciting performance. Thank you for bringing Shakespeare to life in such a moving way.”