Barbara Zavros was born in Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Music, Honours (Victorian College of the Arts) and Master of Music (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK).
She has won the Athenaeum Award, the Murray Ormond Vagg Scholarship, the Mabel Kent Estate Scholarship, and the Margaret Sutherland Bursary Award. In 2004, she was a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, where she won the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Award, which enabled her to study in the UK on full scholarship.
Her operatic repertoire includes the roles of Patience in Patience (Savoy Opera Company, September 2004), Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte (In Good Company, March 2005), Lover in Il Tabarro (GSMD, June 2006), Medoro in Orlando and Tamiri in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore (Lyric Opera of Melbourne, April 2008) and Barbarina in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (Melbourne Opera, July 2008).
Oratorio engagements include soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society) and Vivaldi’s Gloria (Box Hill Chorale).
In July 2008, Barbara will also sing in the finals of the Italian Opera Scholarship (Opera Foundation Australia).
Jodie Lockyer is a graduate of The Victorian College of the Arts where she studied piano with Michael Kieran Harvey. In 1991, she was the winner of the Bill Burrell Memorial Trust scholarship which enabled her to study accompaniment with Margaret Schoefield.
In 1996, Jodie travelled to England where she was a student of the Royal Northern College of Music, majoring in accompaniment with John Wilson and Carole Pressland.
In 1997 she was the winner of the Margaret Tudor Evans Prize for piano accompaniment and was a finalist in The Royal Overseas League competition.
Jodie has been an accompanist for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society, The Melbourne University Choral Society and has recently taught at Loreto Mandeville Hall and Westbourne Grammar. She is currently an accompanist for The Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne and Monash universities and is a regular performer at the RACV club.
Jodie has also worked extensively for Opera Australia in the role of pianist for the Victorian Schools Company Education program and in 2006 toured with Oz Opera through NSW and SA as orchestral pianist for Carmen.
Jodie has appeared in masterclasses with Victor Morris Malcolm Martineau, Geoffrey Parsons, Anne Howells and Ronald Farren Price. She has also recorded CDs with the RNCM Wind Orchestra available on the Chandos label.