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Tuesday 12th December, 2006

The year has officially concluded with my singing of Handel's Messiah with the Glen Eira choral society. It was a very enjoyable performance from my point of view and there was a good audience turnout - thank-you to everyone who came. This has been recorded by 3MBS, so hopefully we will get some radio play.

In other news, I have accepted an offer from OzOpera to tour primary schools singing Count Almaviva from Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Exciting news for me, but means there may not be many public performances from me. There will be a few things early to mid-next year that I have yet to put in the gig guide and there will be some recordings from this year that will go up on the web soon... stay tuned for that. Check out the photo section for the new Seraglio shot. Have a merry christmas everyone and I look forward to keeping in touch with everyone.

Saturday 4th November, 2006

A lot has happened recently: I have accepted my first operatic role with the Lyric Opera of Melbourne as Pedrillo in their production of Die Entfürung aus dem Serail which opens at the end of this month. I will also be performing in two Messiahs this month and next month as well as in my final recital at the Melba! What a month!

Thursday 21st September, 2006

I have recently completed a workshop for developing Australian musical, Nostradamus, which is my first principal music theatre role amongst professionals!

Sunday 10th September, 2006

Newsflash: Last night I was runner-up in the final of the Singer of the Year competition. The winner was Suzanne Shakespeare (soprano) and the other runner-up was Kristy Swift (Soprano). Well done to both of you - you sang really well. Take a look at the photos and competition details here,

I have a number of gigs coming up: Mozart and Dvorak Masses next month, my recital in late November and my first Messiah in early December with the Glen Eira choir. More details when they become available.

Tuesday 16th May, 2006

Opera Australia's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers opens officially this Thursday. Make sure if you're a student to check with ticketmaster to see if student rush is available - $37 if tickets are purchased one hour before the performance (6:30pm to be precise).

My Melba mid-year recital time has now been confirmed in June. I will be singing a selection of 20th century songs in the English language - the featured works are Barber's song settings of James Joyce's Chamber Music and Britten's cycle Winter Words set to Auden's poetry, with a Vaughan Williams song thrown in there for good measure. These are very difficult, dramatic and powerful works and well worth a listen.

I am very lucky to have Amir Farid back to accompany me for my Music Lovers Recital in August, which will feature some selections from my mid-year recital, some selections from my final Melba recital in November (still at the planning stage) and some lovely duets with Brooke Siede, the 2004 Jean Robinson Prize winner. More news when I finally decide on my program.

Sunday 23rd April, 2006

Late news flash: I am performing in the Liederfest Finalists concert next week. I completely forgot to put it on the webpage as I have been flat out since the liederfest, what with all the easter festivities, work, uni and the like. I have included the songs I intend to sing here. More information on the gig guide. You can also catch me from 18th May to 3rd June in the chorus of Opera Australia's production the Gondoliers, dancing the cachuca! Details at http://www.opera-australia.org.au.

Wednesday 10th March, 2006

Last week I sang a good heat by my standards and managed to make the final of the Liederfest against some tough odds and competition! So maybe I will put up some recordings or two if they're any good. The first Olivet to Calvary performance went very well - the choir were excellent as were Barry and Elanor. One more performance on Wednesday, then on to the St John's Passion on Good Friday at 8pm.

Thursday 9th March, 2006

I have recently been reoffered the tenor solos in St John's Passion with Scots Church on Good Friday (April 14th). It is always good to sing with this talented and enthusiastic choir and orchestra. It will be sung in German with some translations available. For more details, see my gig guide.

Thursday 23rd February, 2006

Finally have some more concrete news about the upcoming concerts. The Olivet to Calvary performances are not free like I envisaged. The Stolz society concert is apparently already sold out from subscribers, but if you are lucky, you may still be able to get some seats. More details on the Gig Guide page. You will also be able to catch me in the Liederfest, which I intend to re-enter this year because its a fun competition.

Thursday 16th February, 2006

I'm back from Europe and getting ready for another year. A lot has happened so far already - I have accepted a spot in the Melbourne chorus of Opera Australia's production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers, I will be doing a Mozart tribute concert with the Robert Stolz society and Olivet to Calvary again this easter with the Melbourne Singers. Once again, I will be singing a recital with the Music Lovers Society in August. What happens between now and then is anyone's guess really...
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