2014 Competition

Winners

Tabatha McFadyen (soprano)

The First prize, the Mietta Prize $5,000 was awarded to Tabatha McFadyen, who also won the Audience Choice Prize, the Murray River Music Festival Prize selected by the Festival and the O’Donnell Family Prize $4,000 for the study of Italian language and culture.

Leigh Harrold (pianist)

The Hugh D.T.Williamson Prize (First Prize Pianist) of $5,000 was awarded to Leigh Harrold.

Brenton Spiteri (tenor)

Brenton Spiteri was awarded $2,000 for the second place as well as the Arnold and Mary Bram Australian Song Prize $2,000 for best performance of an Australian song.

Alex Raineri (pianist)

Alex Raineri won the Second Prize for a Pianist $2,000.

Finalists

Ayse Goknur Shanal (soprano)
Leigh Harrold (pianist)

Brenton Spiteri (tenor)
Gladys Chua (pianist)

Karen Fitz-Gibbon (soprano)
Leigh Harrold (pianist)

Tabatha McFadyen (soprano)
Alex Raineri (pianist)

Judges

  • Professor Mel Waters (Chair)
  • Yvonne Kenny AM
  • Anna Goldsworthy
  • Michael Smallwood

Performers

Ayse Goknur Shanal (soprano)


Born in Brisbane, Lyric Soprano Ayse Gӧknur Shanal has won awards and scholarships
including the Australian Singing Competition, Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and
Award, Opera Foundation’s Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), McDonald’s Operatic
Aria, Queen’s Trust for Young Australians, Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award Vocal Category, Australian Music Foundation Award (London), Countess of Munster Scholarship (London) and Lorelei Prize at Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany).



In 2013, she received the Most Outstanding Singer Award in Sydney Eisteddfod’s Victoria Jennifer Warren Accompaniment Award.


As a soloist, Gӧknur has appeared with the symphony orchestras in Sydney, West Australia, Melbourne, Adelaide and with Willoughby Symphony and Sydney Sinfonia. She has also performed with Opera Australia’s touring company, OzOpera singing the role of Mimì in La Bohème.



Gӧknur holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts Degree from University of Wollongong. She has
studied at Royal College of Music, in London, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and
Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, in New York, as an
adjunct member.



After taking a break from singing, Gӧknur completed a Graduate Law Degree at University of Western Sydney. In 2013, she returned to the music profession, her performance schedule rapidly filling up. Engagements included A Baroque Evening with Handel with Countertenor Peretta Anggerek, roles in Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, John Rutter’s Magnificat, with conductor Paul Terracini and two recitals as part of Willoughby Spring Festival, and performances for Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation.
Gӧknur won the 2014 National Liederfest Competition, held in Melbourne and will release her debut CD this year.



In October Gӧknur will perform the role of Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue for Harbour City Opera.
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Leigh Harrold (pianist)

South Australian Leigh completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at The University of Adelaide with concert pianist Gil Sullivan. During this time he was a National Finalist in the Young Performer Awards and a recipient of the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award.



He moved to Melbourne in 2003 to take up a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Geoffrey Tozer and in 2004 was made the Academy Fellow - the first person in the institution's history to be chosen as such after just one year of study. In 2008 he was named The Advertiser Musician of the Year.



Leigh has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras.




In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski.




Internationally he has collaborated with Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg
Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel
Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam
Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish cellist Mats Lidstrom; and British pianist Mark Gasser.Other significant international collaborations have included performance and studies with Andrew Ball at the London Royal College of Music; Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire; New York-based pianist Lisa Moore and English composer Peter Maxwell Davies.



In June 2002, Leigh traveled to the Orkney Islands to perform a concert of Maxwell Davies' works in the presence of the composer.




Leigh is a founding member of the Kegelstatt Ensemble and the contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble – both winners of major national awards - and has an internationally acclaimed piano duo with London-based pianist Coady Green with whom he regularly tours through Europe, Australia and Africa.



He is a recording artist for ABC Classics and in 2010 released his debut recording for Sony with soprano Greta Bradman.
He is currently on the Associate Faculty at ANAM, and performs regularly as orchestral
pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Full performer profile…

Program

Semifinal



Blom

The bees’ song

The witch



Arr Yazici

From anonymous

Ada sahilleri (Island shores)



Arr Sun

From Muzaffer Sarisozen

Uzun kavak (Tall poplar)

(Folk songs arranged for voice and piano in the Béla Bartók tradition)



Buchardo

Canción del carretero



Strauss

Morgen



Tchaikovsky

Otchevo? (Why?) Op 6 no 5

Final



Ravel

From Shéhérazade

Asie



Turina

From Poema en forma

de canciones

III Cantares 

IV Los dos miedos

V Las locas por el amor



Rimsky-Korsakov 

Pesnya Zyuleiki (Suleika’s song) Op 42 No 3

Redeyet Ablakov Op 26 No 4



Wolf

Kennst du das Land


Brenton Spiteri (tenor)

spirit, clarity and a depth of expression remarkable in a young artist

Clive O’Connell, The Age, 17 March 2014


Young Melbourne tenor Brenton Spiteri is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours. He was the winner of the 2012 Herald Sun Aria and has also been a finalist and prizewinner in the Sydney McDonald’s Aria, the Australian Singing Competition, Mietta Song Competition, and the National Liederfest.


He was recently a soloist in Victorian Opera’s 2013 Gala Concert, and has also performed the roles of Jaquino, Fidelio (Melbourne Opera); Harlekin, Der Kaiser von Atlantis (IOpera); Bevan, Contact – A Netball Musical Drama (Melbourne International Comedy Festival); Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas; Magician, Snow Queen (Victorian Opera), Herr. Vogelsang, Der Schauspieldirektor (Opera DownUnder); King Ajax II, La Belle Hélène (Melbourne Lyric Opera); Jack, Into the Woods (Melbourne University). He has also sung in the Opera Australia and Victorian Opera choruses on numerous occasions.


Concert repertoire includes the complete Songs of Travel (Vaughan Williams), and Britten’s Songs of the Chinese and English Folksong Settings as well as the tenor solos in The Seasons (Haydn), Weinachtsoratorium (Bach), Carmina Burana (Orff), Mass in C and Choral Fantasia (Beethoven), Mass in D (Dvořák), Mass no. 2 in G (Schubert) and the Great Mass in C Minor (Mozart), among others. He performs frequently at the Melbourne Recital Centre and has been a regular guest for ensembles including Melbourne Art Song Collective, Continuo Collective, Consort of Melbourne and the Heidelberg Chorale. In June 2014 he once again sings the tenor role in Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Elizabeth Murdoch Hall.


Whilst studying, Brenton Spiteri was the recipient of a number of scholarships offered for excellence in vocal studies, including the Harold Fisher Memorial Scholarship and the Murray Ormond Vagg Scholarship. He has continued his training since 2012 with the generous support of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.


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Gladys Chua (pianist)


Originally from Perth, Gladys studied music and economics as a Faculty of Music Merit
Scholar at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2009, where she studied piano with
Caroline Almonte.In 2010 Gladys was a répétiteur intern at The Opera Studio Melbourne,
studying under Andrea Katz. That year, she also took up a two-year position as Director of Music at Queen’s College, The University of Melbourne.



From 2011 to 2013 Gladys studied with Timothy Young at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). In 2012, she was a member of the winning ensemble of the annual chamber music competition and recipient of the inaugural St Silas Prize for Outstanding Achievement. She was also a semi-finalist of the 2012 Mietta Song Competition.



Her highlights of 2013 include tutoring piano at the Tutti World Youth Music Festival in Beijing, and performing as a soloist alongside Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen with the ANAM Orchestra.



Gladys has also performed in projects with the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony
Orchestras. Other recent professional appearances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and Synaesthesia at the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart. During 2014, Gladys is a Fellow at ANAM and maintains a busy portfolio career as a freelance musician based in Melbourne.
Full performer profile…

Program

Semifinal



Fauré

Mandoline



Mozart

Abendempfindung



Mendelssohn

Hexenlied

(or Andres Maienlied)



Traditional arr. B. Britten

The last rose of summer



Rossini

La danza

Final



Quilter

Love’s philosophy



Ravel

Soupir



Beethoven

An die ferne Geliebte



Tutty

Credo



Strauss

Ständchen

Jacob Lawrence (tenor)


Jacob Lawrence recently completed a BMus at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
under the tutelage of Anna Connelly. This year, he undertakes an honours year on scholarship at Melbourne.




He performs frequently as a soloist with many of Melbourne’s leading ensembles including the Consort of Melbourne, La Compañia, the Australian Chamber Choir, Gloriana, e21 Vocal Ensemble, Consort Eclectus, the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra and the Team of Pianists.



This year, Jacob was runner-up in the Australian National Liederfest. He also performed the role of Alcindo in Pinchgut Opera’s production of Vivaldi’s La Ninfa e il Pastore for ABC Sunday Live at Goossens Hall, Sydney, and will appear again with Pinchgut in December in Gluck’s Iphigéne en Aulide. He performed as the Evangelist in three performances of Bach’s Johannespassion in Melbourne and Sydney, and as Aeneas in two productions of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the RMPO, and the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, opposite Fiona Campbell. He also sung Britten’s last orchestral song cycle, Nocturne, with the Melbourne University Symphony Orchestra.
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Patrick Lawrence (pianist)


Patrick Lawrence was born into a musical family, the son of a pianist and an organist, and later stepson of a harpsichordist. Patrick began piano lessons at a young age and went on to study with Stephen McIntyre, then Ronald Farren-Price at the University of
Melbourne.



Later Patrick worked as a collaborative pianist in Vienna before moving to the
United States to complete a Master in Vocal Accompanying at the University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music, studying with Australian collaborative pianist Ken Griffiths.




On return to Australia he had two national tours as repetiteur and orchestral pianist with
OzOpera under the direction of Richard Gill and a national tour of Prunella Scales’ An
Evening with Queen Victoria (performing solo repertoire and accompanying English tenor
Ian Partridge).



Patrick has also co-devised theatrical works for children and adults including a season at the Famous Spiegeltent writing, playing and acting with Antoinette Halloran in 50 Shades of Opera. Patrick has performed premieres of songs by Australian composers such as Stuart Greenbaum as well as Australian Premieres of experimental works such as Jerome Kitzke’s Sunflower Sutra.




Patrick has always had a love of the art song repertoire from his exploration of Wagner’s
Wesendonck Lieder in his early teens. Patrick divides ongoing work as a pianist and organist with a career in human rights as the Director of Aid at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
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Program

Semifinal



Vaughan-Williams

On Wenlock Edge



Butterworth

Is my team ploughing?



Brahms

Meine Liebe ist grün

Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer



Le Gallienne

Four divine poems of John Donne

1 A hymne to God the Father

Four divine poems of John Donne 4

4 Batter my heart, three-person’d god

Final



Purcell

Music for a while



Caccini

Amor, io parto



Liszt

Der Alpenjäger

Im Rhein, im schönen Strome

Der König in Thule



Barber

From Hermit Songs

St Ita’s vision

The heavenly banquet

The desire for hermitage



Musto

From Shadow of the Blues

Litany

Jade Moffat (mezzo-soprano)


Jade Moffat graduated with a Bachelor of Music in advanced performance from the
Queensland Conservatorium in 2012, whilst also being a member of Opera Queensland’s
Developing Artist Program.



Jade has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships including: the IFAC Australian Singing Competition’s Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the Joan Sutherland Memorial Vocal Scholarship, finalist in the McDonalds Aria Competition, the Opera and Arts Scholarship, and the Herald Sun Aria Competition (all in 2013). Jade has also been the recipient of the Nelly Apt Scholarship, the David Harper Prize, and Linda Edith Allen Undergraduate and Postgraduate scholarships (QCGU).



Jade has performed the role of Fenena in IFAC’s production of Verdi’s Nabucco, the role of Mrs Nolan in Menotti’s The Medium for the IVAI in Israel, Principessa in Puccini’s Suor
Angelica for QCGU, and understudied the role of Tisbe in Rossini’s Cinderella for Opera
Queensland. In recent times Jade has been the mezzo-soprano soloist for productions of
Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Durufle’s Requiem, Handel’s Saul, Beethoven’s
Symphony No. 9, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit Dominus, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Bottesini’s
Messa da Requiem.



In 2014 Jade is therecipient of the Dame Nellie Melba Scholarship with the Melba Opera
Trust. She has just understudied the role of Kate Pinkerton in Opera Australia’s Madama
Butterfly, and makes her debut with Opera Queensland as Diane in Philip Glass’s The Perfect American later this year.
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Bradley Gilchrist (pianist)


Bradley Gilchrist completed a Bachelor of Music at the WA Conservatorium of Music, and
post-graduate studies in accompaniment and piano performance in Sydney and Madrid.



Bradley has numerous concerto performances to his name including the Khachaturian
Concerto with the WA Symphony Orchestra, the Grieg Concerto with the Slovakia
Philharmonic Orchestra and Beethoven’s First and Second Concertos with the Odessa
Philharmonic Orchestra. Bradley has given solo and chamber music recitals across Australia and in South Korea, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.




Bradley broadcast two solo programmes for the ABC Young Australia program. Bradley enjoys chamber music and has performed in a variety of ensembles but has specialised in piano trio and flute and piano duo repertoire.



As repetiteur, Bradley’s early interest in ballet repertoire has extended to opera and has been repetiteur for many of Sydney’s chamber opera companies as well as being in demand as an accompanist and vocal coach for auditions, recitals, examinations and concert performances.
Full performer profile…

Program

Semifinal



Brahms

Von ewiger Liebe Op 43 No 1



Viardot

Haï luli

Madrid



Mills

Many roads

Woman to man



Ravel

Kaddish

Deux mélodies hébraïques

Final



Berlioz

From Les Nuits d’été

Le spectre de la rose

Absence



Rachmaninov

Uzh tï, niva moya Op 4 No 5



Montsalvatge

From Cinco canciones negras

Punto de habanera

Canción de cuna para dormir

a un negrito

Canto negro



Britten

From Cabaret songs

Funeral blues



Lippe

How do I love thee

Karen Fitz-Gibbon (soprano)

Karen graduated with First Class Honours from the ANU School of Music in 2010, and in 2013 from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where she studied with Ms Barbara Bonney.


In concert, Karen has appeared as a soloist with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Canberra Choral Society, Oriana Chorale, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and UC Chorale (conducted by Tobias Cole), for which she won a Canberra Critics Circle Award in 2009.


On the stage, Karen has sung the roles of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Abigail (Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl), Belinda (Dido & Aeneas), Coridon (Acis & Galatea) and Kelly in the Australian premiere of American composer Jeremy Beck’s Black Water at the Adelaide Fringe Festival before touring it in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. In 2011 Karen completed a national tour with Co-Opera as Susanna in their production of The Marriage of Figaro, touring to Germany, Austria and Switzerland in May 2012. In 2013 she performed the role of Aurora (La Morte D’Orfeo) with The Harp Consort in St Petersburg, Russia, and Belinda (Dido & Aeneas) at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival in Victoria.


Karen has given art song recitals for ArtSong Canberra, and in 2012 performed a programme of excerpts from original scores on loan from the Berlin State Library for the National Library of Australia’s Handwritten exhibition. In 2013 she gave concerts in Graz (Austria) and Florence. Karen has recorded two solo recitals for ABC Classic FM, and was a featured artist on their Saturday Afternoon Concert program in 2011.


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Leigh Harrold (pianist)

South Australian Leigh completed undergraduate and post-graduate studies at The University of Adelaide with concert pianist Gil Sullivan. During this time he was a National Finalist in the Young Performer Awards and a recipient of the prestigious Beta Sigma Phi Classical Music Award.



He moved to Melbourne in 2003 to take up a full scholarship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the mentorship of Geoffrey Tozer and in 2004 was made the Academy Fellow - the first person in the institution's history to be chosen as such after just one year of study. In 2008 he was named The Advertiser Musician of the Year.



Leigh has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras.




In 2007 he undertook an extensive tour of the United States and Canada where he gave lectures on and performed the solo piano music of the American composer Robert Muczynski.




Internationally he has collaborated with Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg
Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel
Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam
Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish cellist Mats Lidstrom; and British pianist Mark Gasser.Other significant international collaborations have included performance and studies with Andrew Ball at the London Royal College of Music; Sophie Cherrier at the Paris Conservatoire; New York-based pianist Lisa Moore and English composer Peter Maxwell Davies.



In June 2002, Leigh traveled to the Orkney Islands to perform a concert of Maxwell Davies' works in the presence of the composer.




Leigh is a founding member of the Kegelstatt Ensemble and the contemporary music group Syzygy Ensemble – both winners of major national awards - and has an internationally acclaimed piano duo with London-based pianist Coady Green with whom he regularly tours through Europe, Australia and Africa.



He is a recording artist for ABC Classics and in 2010 released his debut recording for Sony with soprano Greta Bradman.
He is currently on the Associate Faculty at ANAM, and performs regularly as orchestral
pianist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Full performer profile…

Program

Semifinal



Schubert

From Gesänge aus Wilhelm Meister Op 62 No 2

Lied der Mignon



Debussy

Beau soir

From Ariettes oubliées No 4

Chevaux de bois



Dulcie Holland

To an infant son



Strauss

From 4 Lieder Op 36

3 Hat gesagt – bleibt’s nicht dabei



Vaughan Williams

From The house of life No 2

Silent noon

Final



Rodrigo

From Cuatro madrigales amatorios

1 ¿Con qué la lavaré?

(With what shall I bathe?)

4 De los alamos vengo

(From the poplars I came)



Schumann

From Frauenliebe und-leben

Op 42 No 1

Seit ich ihn gesehen



Ravel

From Histoires naturelles No 2

Le grillon



Warlock

Cradle song



Mahler

From Lieder aus Des Knaben Wunderhorn No 2

Verlorne Müh’



Poulenc

From Banalités

2 Hôtel

4 Voyage à Paris

From Métamorphoses

2 C’est ainsi que tu es



Haydn

The mermaid’s song Hob. XXVIa No 25



Strauss

From Acht Gedichte aus "Letzte Blätter" von Hermann von Gilm, Op 10 No 8

Allerseelen


Lee Abrahmsen (soprano)

Possessing a voice “with a deliciously full-bodied tone, rich in expression and control” and a “radiant, soaring sound”, Australian soprano Lee Abrahmsen is a multi-award winning soprano both on the operatic stage and concert platform.

Graduating from Melbourne University with an honours degree in Music and a Diploma of Education, Lee pursued a period of voice study and performance opportunities in Europe with Antonio Moretti-Pananti (Florence), Daniel Ferro Vocal Program and Festival (Tuscany), Bel Canto Festival (Holland) and in Australia at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

Her many Australian Awards include the 86th Herald Sun Aria, the 2014 MOST Opera Awards 4MBS Performance Prize; the 2013 MOST Opera Awards Royal Over-Seas League Prize; the 2013 Acclaim Awards Italian Fellowship Award; the 2012 Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year Competition; and the Austral Salon National Scholarship. In 2012 Lee was nominated for a Green Room Award for her performance as Valencienne in Lehar’s Merry Widow for Melbourne Opera. Lee has been heard regularly in performances recorded by ABC Classic FM; and appears on Qantas In-Flight Entertainment singing Richard Strauss Four Last Songs with Omega Ensemble.

Lee has appeared as principal artist with Melbourne Opera, Victorian Opera, Lyric Opera Melbourne, Opera and CoOpera. Roles include: Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Marguerite in Faust, CioCioSan in Madama Butterfly, Mimi in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Micaëla in Carmen, Elvira in I Puritani, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Leila in The Pearl Fishers, Title role in Stella by Marshall-Hall, Clotilde in Norma, Adele in Die Fledermaus, Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica, Lisa in La Sonnambula, Fifth Maid in Elektra, Clorinda in La Cenerentola and Olympia in Erwin und Elmire by Anna Amalia.

Recent Concert engagements in Australia include: Richard Strauss Four Last Songs (Chamber version by James Ledger) with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Angel Place; Richard Strauss’ Elektra singing Fifth Maid with Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (chamber version by Klaus Simon) with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Angel Place; Richard Strauss’ Vier Letzte Lieder with Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Bellini’s Norma singing Clotilde with Victorian Opera; and Berlioz Les Nuits D’ètè with Melbourne Sinfonia.

Concert engagements overseas include: Recitals at St Martin in the Fields (London); Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland); a Recital tour spanning numerous cities in China; and a Recital in Tokyo, Japan for the International Double Reed Society Conference.

Lee’s previous concert and oratorio engagements include Bach’s St John Passion; Berlioz’ Les Nuits D’ètè; Dvorák’s Requiem and Mass in D Minor; Fauré’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Haydn’s Nelson
Mass
, Paukenmesse and The Creation; Mark Isaac’s Chamber Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate!, Coronation Mass and Requiem; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Saint-Saëns’ Requiem; Schubert’s Salve Regina; Paul Stanhope’s Songs of the Shadowland; Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces; Vivaldi’s Gloria.

In 2017, Lee makes her company debut with Opera Australia in Le Nozze di Figaro singing the Countess; and appears in recital with Omega Ensemble at City Recital Hall, Angel Place.

Visit www.leeabrahmsen.com for all future performances.


Full performer profile…

Amir Farid (pianist)


Amir Farid completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Music degree at the
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne and has been working and
developing under the guidance of Professor Ronald Farren-Price. He attended the Australian National Academy of Music where he studied with Rita Reichman, Geoffrey Tozer and Timothy Young.


In 2009, he graduated with distinction as a Scholar supported by the Gordon Calway Stone Memorial Award at the Royal College of Music London, studying with Andrew Ball.


He has performed concerti with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Melbourne
Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Youth and ANAM Orchestras, including Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.


As a chamber musician, Amir is pianist of the Benaud Trio winning the Piano Trio prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition, and with whom he undertook a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. As an accompanist, he was winner of the prize for best pianist at the 2006 Mietta Song Recital award, and the 2007 Geoffrey Parsons Award.


In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Repetiteur scholarship.

Amir is the recipient of various awards and scholarships, including the 2006 Australian National Piano Award Australian Music Foundation, the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Royal Overseas League, the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation, the Tait Memorial Trust and the University of Melbourne’s Donovan Johnson Memorial Scholarship.
Full performer profile…

Program

Semifinal



Poulenc

From Banalités



Chanson d’Orkenise

From Airs chantés



Air vif

From Fiançailles pour rire



Violon

From Chansons villageoises

Les gars qui vont à la fête



Hanson

This is my delight Op 14



Wolf

From Goethe Lieder

Mignon I Heiss mich nicht reden

Mignon Kennst du das Land

Final



Strauss

Schlechtes Wetter Op 6 No 5

Befreit Op 39 No 4

Cäcilie Op 27 No 2



Verdi

La Zingara



Previn

From 3 Dickinson Songs

As imperceptibly as grief

Will there really be a morning?

Good morning, midnight



Grainger

The sprig of thyme



Mahler

From Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen

Lotte Betts-Dean (mezzo-soprano)

Lotte received her BMus in 2012 from Melbourne University and is currently completing a
Fellowship at ANAM, focusing on art song performance. Lotte is a versatile vocalist who has appeared as soloist with several ensembles and is featured on La Compania’s most
recent album.



Equally at home in art song, opera, chamber music, new music, early music and oratorio, her stage experience includes several principal roles with Victorian Opera, and numerous solo recitals at various festivals following her acclaimed recital debut at the 2013
Peninsula Summer Music Festival.


Her concert repertoire includes Elgar’s Sea
Pictures, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, several Haydn masses and
Mendelssohn’s Elijah among others. Recent performance highlights include her North
American concert debut with Atlanta ensemble Chamber Cartel in Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maitre and the national tour of Timeline with ACO/The Presets. Competition highlights include winning the MCM Acclaim Italian Opera Fellowship allowing her to spend last month studying in Italy, first prize in the 2012 RMP Aria and Armstead Award, runner up in the 2013 Great Romantics Competition and the 2012 Mietta Song Competition.



She will soon appear as Elsa in the world premiere of Mayakovsky with the Sydney Chamber Opera before relocating to London to commence a Masters at the Royal Academy of Music.
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Michael Curtain (pianist)

Michael Curtain is a repetiteur at Opera Australia, and is the musical director for their touring schools program which, in 2016, will present Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel to thousands of primary school children across NSW.

Michael has performed with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Fellowship, Sinfonia and Sinfonietta, the SydneyPhilharmonia Choirs, and the Strelitzia Ensemble. He has performed in concert with many of Australia’s leading singers, including Cheryl Barker, Amelia Farrugia, Lorina Gore, and Natalie Aroyan.

Michael has been an official accompanist for the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation.

Michael studied piano performance and accompaniment with David Miller AM, Clem Leske, and Natalia Ricci at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


Full performer profile…

Program

Semifinal



Schubert

Auflösung D827

Totengräbers Heimweh D842



Sibelius

From 5 Songs Op. 37

IV: Var det en dröm

V: Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte



Debussy

From Trois Chansons de Bilitis

III: Le tombeau de Naïades



Ives

The Cage



Sutherland

From 5 Songs to the poems of John Shaw Neilson

V: Song be delicate



Rautavaara

From Maailman Uneen

III: Tulen

Final



Purcell arr. Benjamin Britten

From Three Divine Hymns

II: We Sing To Him



Gordon

Afternoon on a hill



Ravel

From Histoires Naturelles

V: La Pintade



Shostakovich

From Spanish Songs Op 100

I: Proschay, Granada

V: Chernookaya



Gyger

From Giving voice

I: Dawn



Korngold

Sonett für Wien Op 41

From 4 Lieder des Abschieds Op. 14

III: Mond, so gehst du wieder auf



Janáček

From Moravian Folk Poetry In Song

Muzikanti

Lavecka



Liszt

Ihr Glocken von Marling



Messiaen

From Poèmes Pour Mi Pour Book 2

IX: Priere Exauceé

Tabatha McFadyen (soprano)

Tabatha is a recent graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium. She was awarded First Class Honours and the University Medal from her alma mater, studying with Prof. Janet Delpratt and Prof. Lisa Gasteen, and was academically supervised by Dr. Stephen Emmerson.


In 2013, she won the 32nd National Liederfest with her long-running musical partner, Alex Raineri, and as a finalist in the 2012 Australian Singing Competition, she was the recipient of the Mozart Opera Institute Award and the Nelly Apt Scholarship.



With a long-standing interest in new music, she has been a regular guest artist with Brisbane contemporary music ensemble Kupka’s Piano and has collaborated with several composers including Liam Flenady, Peter Clark and Gerardo Dirie. Most recently, she performed as soprano soloist in Camerata of St. John's acclaimed collaboration with Actor/Director Tama Matheson, 'Johann Sebastian', and as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra with Johannes Fritzsch.



Her operatic roles have included Zerlina (Don Giovanni ), Titania (The Fairy Queen), Suor
Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), La Contessa (Le Nozze di Figaro with QCGU, Susanna (Le
Nozze di Figaro) for Opera New England, and Prilepa in Tchaikovsky's Queen of
Spades with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.
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Alex Raineri (pianist)


Alex Raineri was recently awarded a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) with First
Class Honours and a University Medal from the Queensland Conservatorium. He is now
continuing his studies with a Master of Music Research between the Queensland
Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music studying with Leah Horwitz OAM and Timothy Young.



Competition successes include prizes in the 2012 Sydney International Piano Competition, 2011 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, and he was the recipient of the Sydney Eisteddfod Allison/Henderson Piano Scholarship in 2011.



Alex has been a national finalist in the ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer Awards three times in 2013, 2011 and 2008 performing concertos with the Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.




Alex has given recitals in Europe, South East Asia and the USA and is frequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 2MBS Fine Music FM, 3MBS and 4MBS Classic FM.



Also a passionate chamber musician, Alex has worked with several international artists such as
Andreas Ottensamer, Greta Bradman, the ELISION Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring and
many others.
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Program

Semifinal



Schubert

Ganymed Op 19 No 3 D544



Grainger

From British folk-music settings

The pretty maid milkin’ her cow



Wolf

From Goethe-Lieder

Kennst du das Land?



Grainger

From British folk-music settings

Died for love



Messiaen

From Poèmes pour Mi

VI Ta voix

VII Les deux guerriers

Final



Ives

The Housatonic at Stockbridge



Schubert

Suleika I Op 14 No 1 D720



Schoenberg

From Vier Lieder, Op. 2

2 Jesus bettelt

3 Erhebung



Ives

From Memories

A Very pleasant

B Rather sad



Debussy

From Ariettes oubliées

Paysages belges

(Chevaux de bois)



Duparc

L’Invitation au voyage



Berg

From Sieben frühe Lieder

Die Nachtigall

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