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Natalie Jones - Helen

Natalie Jones is one of Australia's most accomplished and popular sopranos. As a principal artist with Opera Australia, Natalie has performed Juliette in Romeo et Juliette, the title role in Manon, Konstanze and Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Musetta in La bohéme, Gilda in Rigoletto, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, Queen of Night in The Magic Flute, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos, Eurydice & Cupid in Orpheus in the Underworld, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Casilda in The Gondoliers, Hero in The Love of the Nightingale (Mills), Oscar in Un Ballo in Maschera, Morgana in Alcina and she created the role of Bubba in the world premiere production of Summer of the Seventeenth Doll (Mills). Natalie has sung Queen of Night for the Volksoper in Vienna; Woglinde in Der Ring des Nibelungen and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni for SOSA; Adele in Die Fledermaus and the title role in Patience for West Australian Opera; Adina and Queen of Night for Opera Queensland as well as Gilda and Queen of Night for OzOpera National Tours. Alongside her operatic work, Natalie has performed extensively on the concert platform throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Antoinette Halloran - Nicola

One of Australia’s most accomplished and best-loved sopranos, multi-Helpmann Award nominee Antoinette Halloran performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio. In 2021/2022, she sings Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd and Olive in Summer of the Seventeenth Doll for State Opera of South Australia, Lorelei for Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera, Brünnhilde in Die Walküre and Jenny in Mahagonny for Melbourne Opera and A Christmas Carol for Victorian Opera. In 2023, she sings the first two cycles of Melbourne Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen – as Brünnhilde. Recent appearances include the title roles in Tosca for West Australian Opera and The Merry Widow for State Opera of SA, The Fox in The Cunning Little Vixen in Melbourne and Adelaide and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) in Perth; she was also associate artist for José Carreras’ National Tour.  For Opera Australia, Antoinette has performed the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Rusalka, Mimi in La bohème, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Green Room Award) and many others; for Opera Queensland – the title role in The Merry Widow; for New Zealand Opera – Mimi, Cio-Cio-San and Mrs Lovett; for Victorian Opera – Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Mrs Lovett.

Adrian Tamburini - Leo / Dr Tuckey and others

Adrian made his operatic debut in 1997 and he has since had a varied career as an operatic soloist (Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, Melbourne Opera), a concert performer

(Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Zelman Symphony Orchestra) and Musical Director. Adrian has worked overseas and has proudly sung in every state and territory in Australia. His work, both on and off the stage, has been nominated for awards and his performances have received critical acclaim. Recent engagements have included Fasolt in Das Rheingold and Banquo in Macbeth for Melbourne opera, Rambaldo in La Rondine for the National Opera Company and Créon in Médée for Pinchgut Opera. Adrian’s concert repertoire includes Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Stabat Mater, Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart, Haydn, Verdi, Faure, and Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation.

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Uma Dobia - Bessie/Helen II

Uma is a passionate and versatile performer, and grew up practising her craft on the performing stages of the Blue Mountains. Select roles include Emma (Jekyll and Hyde), Kate Mullins/Ida Strauss (Titanic), and, in separate productions, both Johanna and Mrs Lovett (Sweeney Todd). Uma holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance: Classical Voice) and a Master of Music (Opera Performance) from The University of Melbourne, and performed the role of Tytania in their 2022 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other roles at the University of Melbourne include Fairy 2 (Fairy Queen, 2022), Amy (Little Women, 2021) and Amore/Valetto (L’incoronazione di Poppea, 2021) (Amore/Valetto). In May 2022 Uma performed in Victorian Opera’s production of The Selfish Giant as Child 1. In 2023 Uma is excited to be joining the Opera Scholars Australia program to further hone her skills as a performer. She has a particular passion for the limitless scope of contemporary opera and cabaret, and is currently developing two cabarets to be performed in 2023/2024. Uma is thrilled to be making her professional opera debut as Bessie/Helen II alongside such a distinguished cast.

Carrie Barr - Helen's Sister and others

Carrie is one of Australia’s most versatile performers in Opera and Music Theatre with a career spanning over 35 years. She has played many leading roles in Australian productions including Les Miserables (Cosette), Cats (Jellylorum/Griddlebone), Mary Poppins (Annie/Bird Woman/Mrs Brill cover), Sweeney Todd (The Beggar Woman cover), Hair (Sheila), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Gloria), The Dusty Springfield Story (Dusty’s Alter Ego),Crusade The Concert (Catherine), Nine (Swing), The King of Country (Vicki), Metro Street (Sue Barnes), Nostrodamas (Marie Nostrodamas), Sideshow Alley (Cleo-Snake Charmer), Jerry Springer the Opera (Baby Jane cover) and Carousel (Carrie), where she won a Green Room Award for 'Best Supporting Actress in a Musical’. Opera Australia credits include performing in Lohengrin, Mefistofele, Turandot, King Roger, Cav/Pag, Carmen, Gotterdammerung, La Boheme, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Pearl Fishers, Elixir of Love, Don Pasquale (Tokyo), Lucia di Lammermoor, Aida, Otello, Madame Butterfly, Marriage of Figaro, Tosca, Don Carlo, Faust, Un Ballo, The Merry Widow, The Rake's Progress, Lakme, Mozart's Requiem, The Gondoliers, HMAS Pinafore/Trial by Jury, Mikado, Pirates of Penzance (VO & OA) Die Fledermaus, Software and The Sound Garden for Oz Opera School’s Co. Favourite Victoria State Opera & S.A. Opera credits include Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste 2/Elaine), Pirates of Penzance (Isabel), Sweeney Todd, Orpheus and Euridice and The Magic Flute (Queen of the Night).

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Belinda Paterson - Helen's Mother and others

South Australian-born mezzo-soprano Belinda Paterson has sung principal roles for Melbourne Opera, Ozopera Schools Company, and the Australian Contemporary Opera Company. As a concert soloist, she has appeared with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Philharmonia, Geelong Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Bach Choir. She has also toured China, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic as a soloist with the Melbourne Bach Choir. Based in Melbourne since 2000, Belinda is a long-standing member of the Opera Australia extra chorus, most recently appearing in Boito’s Mefistofele. Past highlights with Opera Australia include King Roger, Batavia, Sweeney Todd, and touring to Tokyo with Don Pasquale. She also performs regularly with the Victorian Opera chorus (most recently in Elektra), and is a past member of the State Opera South Australia’s chorus. Belinda holds a Master of Music Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts and a PhD in Philosophy (Philosophy of Music) from the University of Melbourne.

Coady Green – Pianist

One of Australia’s leading concert pianists, Coady Green is acknowledged as a major talent on the
international concert circuit. In 2005, Coady relocated from Melbourne to London after winning almost all the most prestigious awards and prizes that his native Australia had to offer. During his eleven years in London, he frequently performed at all the major UK venues and established a prominent teaching career, including teaching posts at Goldsmiths College, The University of London and at the Royal College of Music, London. He has performed in over 20 countries, playing in major concert venues and at festivals throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and America. He is a frequent guest lecturer at numerous leading international tertiary institutions. He is currently preparing the release of the premiere recording of the complete Anton Rubinstein piano etudes and preludes for British label Toccata Classics, and two recordings of Australian works for saxophone and piano with Justin Kenealy for Tall Poppies. He is passionate about new music, and commissions several major new works from Australian composers each year. Also for Toccata Classics, he is recording the complete piano and chamber music (1992-2022) of Australian composer Professor Linda Kouvaras. He teaches and lectures at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. Coady is the current Staff Chair of the University of Melbourne’s Pride in Action Network committee, the main voice for the University on issues relating to the LGBTIQ+ community.

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Leah Scholes – Percussion

Leah’s diverse work as a musician and performer spans the Australian and international performing arts scene. She is passionate about imagination and pathos, and pursues holistic arts practices through the integration of visual and physical theatre in her work. Leah is co-founder of The Sound Collectors (percussion duo), Green-Scholes duo (viola/percussion), The Flying Tapirs (theatrical-music duo), and she performed as a core member of Speak Percussion from 2008 to 2014. Leah
collaborates with artists and organisations including Chunky Move, Polyglot Theatre Company, The National Institute of Circus Arts, Strange Fruit, Synergy Percussion, Graeme Leak, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble, and 3 Shades Black, as well as appearing regularly with the Melbourne Symphony
Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia and Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. Leah was awarded the 2009 Keith and Elisabeth Murdoch Traveling Fellowship to study with renowned improviser Fritz Hauser in Basel, Switzerland. She has also traveled to Senegal, Africa for intensive study of the djembe and sabar drums with master drummer Aly N’Diaye Rose. In addition to her musical pursuits, Leah is a midwife and nurse, and seeks to further develop meaningful integrations between the arts, health care and wellbeing.

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