Mezzo Soprano Hayley Sugars commenced her vocal training at the University of Southern Queensland and subsequently undertook postgraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her studies, Hayley was the recipient of many academic and performance awards including the Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Scholarship (QCM) and the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Overseas Scholarship (USQ).
Hayley was a member of the Opera Queensland Young and Developing Artist Program (2007 – 2009) and has enjoyed success in national competitions, including performing as a finalist in the MacDonald’s Aria and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award. In 2010, Hayley won the German-Australian Opera Grant, which resulted in contracts with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Landestheater Coburg.
While in Germany, Hayley performed some 15 roles, including Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the title role in Handel’s Rinaldo, Mrs Grose in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Varvara in Janacek’s Katja Kabanova, Flora Belvoix in Verdi’s La traviata, Mirabella in Strauss’ Der Zigeunerbaron and Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly – a performance for which she was named a finalist in Germany’s prestigious Der Faust Awards.
Since returning from Germany, Hayley understudied the title role in the OperaQ/New Zealand Opera co-production of Rossini’s Cinderella, performed the role of Gladys Moncrieff in OperaQ’s state-wide tour of Waltzing Our Matilda and performed the roles of Secretary and the Nurse in the Australian première of Philip Glass’ The Perfect American – a co-presentation between Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival in 2014.
The following year, Hayley performed the role of Flora Belvoix in OperaQ’s production of Verdi’s La traviata and joined Emily Burke with guest artists Bradley Daley and Guy Noble to present A Morning with Emily & Hayley on the Lyric Theatre stage, QPAC. In 2016 Hayley once again performed the role of Suzuki to great acclaim in OperaQ’s production of Madama Butterfly.