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Tuesday 27th September, 2005

Finally added the newspaper articles from the Australian Youth Aria 2005. I wonder why I didn't do this earlier. Check it out in the photos section.

Sunday 18th September, 2005

Its been a busy month for me, with the performance in a concert of Liederfest finalists, the Mordialloc Eisteddfod, Royal South Street Society competitions and the Singer of the Year. I've ended up with a heap of prizes including winning the Lieder, George Lemke Vocal Solo, Elsie Morison prize and the Bram Walker Memorial Award in Royal South Street as well as getting to the semi-final in the Herald-Sun Aria competition.

The next thing are my two recitals. The date and time for my end of year Melba practical recital has been confirmed - all are welcome and entry is free! After this I'll be in Canada! Until next post...

Thursday 18th August, 2005

A busy time - Don Giovanni enjoyed a successful run and the Melbourne New Orchestra concert was utterly breathtaking. Since then I have been recovering my strength for the onslaught of competitions.

So far I have received an honorable mention in the Open Solo section of the Waverley Eisteddfod and received 2nd prize in the Waverley Aria. This Friday I will be performing in three sections to complete this competition. Others I have entered include the Mordialloc Eisteddfod, South Street (Ballarat), the Singer of the Year award and the Wiesbarden German Australian Opera Grant.

Also on the cards, I will be performing some duets and trios on Melba Open day this Sunday 21st August and again at the Melba on 12th September in their lunchtime concert series - this time to showcase the finalists of this year's Liederfest.

Rounding up the year will be my Music Lover's Society Recital in October and my final year practical examination at the Melba Conservatorium on either the 25th or 26th November before I jet off overseas for Christmas!! Until next post...

Thursday 16th June, 2005

Note: The flier I sent out to everyone regarding the Melbourne New Orchestra concert didn't include one of the performers - Theresa Borg will also be singing one of the soprano parts in the Cosi Fan Tutte excerpts. I assume it will be Fiordiligi given that she is a colaratura soprano, but until I actually go to a rehearsal I won't know ;-).

Wednesday 15th June, 2005

Latest news to break: apart from being sick as a dog I am currently rehearsing for the chorus of Melbourne Opera's Don Giovanni, which opens July 7th, and am performing in a concert at the BMW Edge at Federation Square. This will be with the newly formed Melbourne New Orchestra and features some excerpts from Cosi Fan Tutte (in which I will be singing Ferrando) as well as Vine Pipe Dreams for flute and strings and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.

This is very exciting stuff for me, so please come and support me if you're into your opera.

Saturday 14th May, 2005

Late update: I have just won the Australian Youth Aria in the Dandenong Eisteddfod! I also received the Gold Medal (Most Outstanding Vocalist). Very exciting stuff... now I have a reputation to live up to ;).

I wish to thank my teacher, Peter, for all the hard work and criticism he has given me (and for the fashion tips :), my family for always being there for me and cheering me on, my wonderful girlfriend Hélène, for always being by my side (and for the fashion tips :) and the City of Greater Dandenong for sponsoring the competition and supporting all the young artists... we're all very grateful!!

Saturday 7th May, 2005

In the midst of the dandenong eisteddfod and have so far won the Male Art Song and received second prize for the Elms Vocal Recital Scholarship! I will also be singing in the semi-finals for the Australian Youth Aria on Monday.

Monday 4th April, 2005

I have just finished a whirlwind weekend of Liederfest, in which I was privileged to sing in the final with some very impressive young singers. I didn't come home empty handed, and received the Bettine McCaughan award, which is very exciting!

Got two more big gigs: one is the Melba Student Concert, which is shaping up to be quite good with a big variety of styles to showcase the students, from opera to jazz. I will be doing a couple of duets in this one. The other is a concert version of the fairy queen where I will be doing a couple of solos. On top of this, Dandenong eisteddfod, where I will start putting in some recital pieces and lots of new material!!!! Hope to see you at some of these events. Its late tonight, and I must get a move on, so until next post...

Friday 4th March, 2005

This page has moved around a lot! I'm looking for a new permanent spot to put this: so this is just a temporary solution. Lots of things happening around at the moment: I'm performing with the Robert Stolz society on Sunday, which is probably sold out by now, but I may as well tell you about it just in case.

I've been asked to do J.S. Bach's St John's Passion again, which I'm thrilled about because it is a fantastic piece of music and I get to sing with a baroque orchestra. And its free again!

Also, am doing Olivet to Calvary, a cantata by J H Maunder, which is coming up on Palm Sunday. It has two soloists, so I will be joined by baritone Barry Fry, whom I have worked with several times during my residence in the Savoy Opera Company. This is with the Melbourne Singers and Janet Perkins accompanying on the organ.

I will be making an appearance at the Liederfest and with the Music Lovers Society later in the year, but all in all I'm looking extremely busy as usual - though maybe more so as the study load looks daunting. Keep a lookout!

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