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Jason Barry-Smith

Baritone

Jason Barry-Smith studied at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Jason has been Artistic Director of the Queensland Youth Choir, Director of the Opera Queensland Young Artistic Program, Creative Director for Opera Queensland’s Open Stage program, and a member of the 2013 Emerging Leaders Development Program at the Australia Council for the Arts.

He has performed in some of Opera Queensland’s most successful productions including Pish-Tush in The Mikado, Count Danilo Danilowitsch in The Merry Widow, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Doctor Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Dandini in Cinderella, Gabriel von Eisenstein and Doctor Falke in Die Fledermaus, Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, Schaunard in La bohème, and in the title roles in The Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni.

Jason has also performed the title role in Billy Budd for the Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte for the Tokyo Arts Foundation, Papageno in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia – Opera on the Beach, Mathieu in Andrea Chénier and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore for the State Opera of South Australia, Julian in Quartet, Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer and the title role in The Barber of Seville for New Zealand Opera, Enjolras in Les Misérables for the Wellington Operatic Society and Major-General Stanley in the Pirates of Penzance for Essgee Entertainment.

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to opera, Jason has received the Queensland Conservatorium Medal for Excellence, Marianne Mathy Scholarship, and Opera Foundation Australia’s Italian Opera Award.

In 2017, Jason joined Opera Queensland in ‘An Afternoon With Jason Barry-Smith and performed a lead in the Gilbert & Sullivan’s Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse!. And will again join OperaQ in 2018 for the Regional Tour and perform in  The Merry Widow.


 

Eva Kong

Soprano

In 2014, Eva Kong received a Helpmann Award Nomination and was a Green Room Award Winner for her commanding appearance as Madame Mao in Nixon in China for Victorian Opera.

Since then, she has sung many principal roles for Opera Australia – Liu (Turandot); Donna Anna (Don Giovanni); Gilda (Rigoletto); High Priestess (Aida); Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro); Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore); Princess Linetta (The Love for Three Oranges) and Laura (Luisa Miller).  This final engagement won Eva her second Green Room Award in early-2017.

On the concert platform, she has sung the soprano solos in Verdi’s Requiem with both Willoughby Symphony and Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with Sydney University Musical Society and Saint Saens’ Requiem with Sydney University Graduate Choir.

Born in Korea and now based in Sydney, Eva obtained her Bachelor of Music at Hanyang University – continuing her studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  Her many awards include First Prize in the Giacomo Lauri-Volpi International Competition.

For Opera Australia in 2017, Eva Kong sings Madame Mao in concert and appears in Parsifal and Great Opera Hits; she sings La Charmeuse in Thaïs for the Melbourne Symphony and takes the sopranos solos in their performances of Carmina Burana.


 

Samuel Piper

Baritone

Samuel Piper is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. He is an alumnus of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and has studied German at the Goethe-Institut, Berlin. In 2017, Samuel joins the Melba Opera Trust, where is he studying under the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship.

Most recently, Samuel played the roles of Sid in Albert Herring and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and performed in Brisbane Baroque’s production of Purcell’s King Arthur, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle and Bruckner’s Te Deum. A further recent highlight was performing in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic’s oratorio competition.

Operatic roles have included: The Gamekeeper in The Cunning Little Vixen, Antonio in Le Nozze di Figaro (covering Figaro), Ottone in L’incoronazione di Poppea and in the premiere of Gerard Brophy’s A Water Parable. Opera scenes experience includes roles from Don Giovanni, A Streetcar named Desire, Così fan tutte, L’elisir d’amore,Carmen, Pagliacci and Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

Other engagements include concerts with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland, The Queensland Choir, Noosa Chorale, The Bach Society of Queensland, and performances with many local and regional groups performing repertoire such as Handel’s Messiah, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Bach’s Ich habe genug, Butterworth’s A Shropshire Lad, Schumann’s Dichterliebe op. 48, Barber’s Dover Beach, Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel, Brahms’ Liebeslieder and Schmitt’ss Chansons a quatre voix.

In 2017, Samuel performed Vaughan-Williams’ Songs of Travel for 4MBS Festival, sang Bass Soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at St. John’s Catholic Church, Mullumbimby and performed in OperaQ’s collaboration with Expressions Dance Company, Mozart Airborne.


Katie Stenzel

Soprano

Katie Stenzel is a dynamic, coloratura soprano.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Music from QUT in and went on to complete her Masters of Music Studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Katie make her principal mainstage debut with Opera Queensland as Rosina in for both the Brisbane season and regional Queensland tour of The Barber of Seville. She also recently performed the role of Zorah in Ruddigore. Since joining the company in 2012, she has understudied roles including Rose Maybud in Ruddigore, Cunegonde in Candide and Yum Yum in The Mikado. Katie has appeared as a principal artist at various Opera Queensland events such as Sensory at GOMA, the High Notes concert series, Cloud Song, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols and Opera in the Vineyard at Ballandean alongside David Hobson.

Katie created the role of Loretta for the recording of Peter Rankine and Rod Ainsworth’s new work, The Crushing: A Gothic Opera. She sang in the Opera Australia chorus for the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of Carmen. She also made her Adelaide Fringe Festival debut in 2014, in the role of The Doll in Pleasure Opera by Fat Lady Productions. Katie was a featured artist for the 2012 New Taipei City Drama Festival in Taiwan, singing a variety of repertoire.

In 2018, Katie will perform the roles of Valencienne in The Merry Widow, and Zerlina in Don Giovanni with OperaQ.


 

Hayley Sugars

Soprano

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.

Most recently for Opera Queensland, Hayley performed the role of Flora Belvoix in La traviata (2015), joined Emily Burke with guest artists Bradley Daley and Guy Noble to present A Morning with Emily & Hayley (2015) and played the role of Suzuki to great acclaim in Madama Butterfly (2016). In 2017 Hayley performed in Mozart Airborne, a new collaboration between Expressions Dance Company and Opera Queensland.


 

2017 OPERAQ GALA

28 October 2017, 6.30pm | Sofitel Brisbane Central

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