Antipodes Tour 2016: Australia & New Zealand

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6th Season in Australia
Produced by The Melba Opera Trust

April-May 2016
* The Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program: Melbourne
* David Butler Voice Studio: Melbourne
* Gary May Voice Studio: Melbourne

Thanks to the support of Joseph Sambrook and Mary-Jane Gething, we have been able to invite New York City Director Chuck Hudson twice in 2016. This enables the scholars to experience Chuck’s foundation curriculum on Acting and Movement Skills for Singers as well as his more advanced five day course on Creating Character and Action, and his one-on-one coachings for aria audition preparation. Scholars who have already experienced Chuck’s workshops are delighted at the prospect of a ‘double dose’ this year… -Melba Opera Trust Newsletter: Edition 14, Winter 2016

Read the complete article about Chuck’s work at the Melba Opera Trust.

After working their arias with Chuck Hudson in April, tenor Michael Petruccelli was selected as one of the six finalists for the 2016 Lady Fairfax New York Study Scholarship through the Opera Foundation for Young Australians; Soprano Zoe Drummond, counter-tenor Nicholas Tolputt, and mezzo Bronwyn Douglas advanced to the quarter-finals of the Sydney Eisteddfod competition.

August 2016
* The Melba Opera Trust Mentor Program: Melbourne
* Pacific Opera Young Artist Program: Sydney
* Rowena Cowley’s Voice Studio: Sydney
* Private Aria Coaching: Sydney

Today on Music Makers we take you behind the scenes at the Trust with the help of Dame Nellie’s biographer Ann Blainey, mentors Simon O’Neill, Chuck Hudson, and Yvonne Kenny and managing director Peter Garnick. -ABC Classic FM Radio Program, November 2016

Listen to the full program here.

Our Mentor Program “Secret Weapon” Chuck [Hudson’s] return is imminent: his “encore” is in August for his Advanced Aria and Movement workshop. -Peter Garnick, The Melba Opera Trust

After working their arias with Chuck Hudson, Counter tenor Nicholas Tolputt won the Marianne Mathy Scholarship, the Merenda Legacy Prize and The Sydney Symphony Orchestra Award at the IFAC Australian Singing Competition, and the 2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship; Soprano Sarah Wang won the Australian Singing Competition, and was awarded SAARBRÜCKEN Opera House prize including a full scholarship to a Young Artist Program in Europe; Mezzo Soprano Bronwyn Douglass placed third in the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award; Soprano Jessica Harper won Best German Language Song or Aria at the Sydney Eisteddfod; Bronwyn Douglass and Jessica Harper also moved on to the Final round of Australia’s Best Emerging Singer Competition; and soprano Kate Amos was awarded a prestigious scholarship from Melbourne University to assist her to travel to Cardiff, Wales where she received a scholarship to attend the Welsh International Academy of Voice. Kate also placed First at The Melbourne Male Welsh Choir Singer of the Year Award.

Soprano Shauntai Batzke was nominated for the 2016 Broadway World Awards as Best Actress in an Opera and Best a Supporting Actress in an Opera for her performance of Old Alice at the Sydney Opera House debut in September: “I wanted to thank you for the coaching I had with you on the aria. It really opened up so many more opportunities for me to explore and the audience to see Alice throughout her lifetime in just a few moments.”

I wanted to say thank you for what you’ve taught me over the past couple of years in your coaching sessions, masterclasses and workshops at Pacific Opera. I’ve been chosen as a scholar for the Melba Opera Trust this year and I felt so much more confident presenting my audition pieces due to the work we have done together. One audition panel member said that she found my performance really engaging and I’ve been getting lots of feedback from various people in the industry about how much my acting has improved. -Georgia H., Soprano: Sydney

2nd Season in New Zealand
Produced by the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

December 2016
* The Kiri Programme: Auckland, NZ

I just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you again for the work we did in Auckland. I had my audition at Guildhall last week, and sang the Stravinsky – and just found out I got in! The great thing was that, after all the work we had done on that aria, I felt so calm and in control in the audition, and much more able to really perform it even under stress – so thank you very much! -Katherine M., Soprano: Auckland NZ

I wanted to write to you to thank you and say how much I learned from your course…I went on to audition at the Guildhall School of Music in London and in all three of the audition rounds I found myself re-creating/inventing the arias that we worked through together and because of the planning and “beats of action” we talked through, I felt so much more confident and comfortable…I have been accepted into the Opera Studies Programme at Guildhall on a full fees scholarship, which I am just over the moon about. I really believe that the coaching sessions with you made such an enormous difference to my thinking about singing and performing in general and I am very thankful to have had the time to work with you — thank you for helping me to set my standards for myself much higher. -Madison N., Soprano: Auckland NZ