Antipodes Tour 2014: Australia

Production photo from Antipodes Tour 2014: Australia

4th Season in Australia

For the third year in a row, Chuck Hudson received a grant from the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund of the American-Australian Association to travel to Australia. This season’s residency at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music was made possible by a grant from the VCA & MCM Master Teacher Program, supported by the state government through Arts Victoria.

After working their aria packages with Chuck Hudson, the following Australian Singers immediately won the following awards: Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon (Sydney) won the MacDonald’s Sydney Aria Competition, Margaret Plummer (Sydney) won the Opera Foundation Australia’s Vienna State Opera Award, Michael Petruccelli (Melbourne) won the Richard Bonynge scholarship during the Victorian Richard Bonynge masterclass, Jeremy Kleeman (Melbourne) won the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year Award, Morgan Balfour (Sydney) won a place in the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival for 2015 through the Joan Sutherland Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Awards, and and Thomas Strong (Sydney) won the Opera Foundation Australia’s New York Opera Award. .

I had always found acting rather daunting, but Chuck Hudson has changed that for me. I will never forget his daily quotes such as, ‘It’s not the day nothing happened to a boring person’ or, ‘Any choice is better than no choice’. After completing Chuck’s workshop, I feel inspired to challenge myself, and that I now have the confidence and skills to take on any opera character, big or small. – Nikki Hill (Soprano) in MELBA MAGAZINE Edition 11 Spring 2014

Several of the singers advanced to the final rounds of national and international competitions this year, such as Corinne Cowling (Perth), Kate Amos (Sydney), and Anna Voshege (Melbourne) all of whom sang in the IFAC Australian Singing Competition Finals in Sydney. Sam Roberts-Smith (Sydney) and Thomas Strong (Sydney) were selected as a Finalist in Opera Foundation Australia’s Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship.

August saw students of both DBS and the Gary May Voice Studio (GMV) combine to share a day with the brilliant and insightful New York Director, Chuck Hudson. Students from Musical Theatre, Opera and Contemporary/Pop genres were united by his unique approach to universal storytelling, specificity of text and visualisation. Combining his years of international training with over two decades of practical directing, performing and auditioning experience, Chuck focused his techniques on the audition situation and how to “own the space”. It was an informative, affirming and inspirational day seeing nine professionals from their respective genres workshop their repertoire with one of the greats. We look forward to Chuck’s return to Australia in 2015 and hope to work with him again soon! -David Butler—Voice Instructor/Singer (Melbourne)

Mr. Hugo Llorens, Consul General of the United States of America, and Mrs. Lisett Llorens with the Opera & Arts Support Group Inc request the pleasure of your company at a Reception and Recital: U.S. Consul General’s Residence. Guest of honour will be renowned New York stage director and master teacher, Chuck Hudson. The Opera & Arts Support Group continues to sponsor his stagecraft and movement workshops, which have significantly assisted and inspired many young professional singers. Chuck will be demonstrating his unique aria coaching technique with selected singers he is currently working with, who will also perform during the evening, accompanied by Bradley Gilchrist. -Consul General of the United States Gala Invitation, (Sydney)

  • Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program: Melbourne
  • Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Victoria University: Melbourne
  • Victorian Opera Young Artist Program: Melbourne
  • Melbourne Opera Studio, Melbourne
  • Gary May’s Voice Studio: Melbourne
  • Opera and Arts Support Group: Sydney
  • Pacific Opera Young Artist Program: Sydney
  • Rowena Cowley’s Voice Studio: Sydney
  • Showcase Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium
  • Showcase Performance of OASG Singers for the American Consul General of Sydney

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