Voice Sessional Staff

Voice at Monash: Years 1 & 2 Modules

David Barnard

Initially training as a concert pianist with Diana Harris OAM, Australian born opera répétiteur & collaborative pianist, David Barnard, embarked on a career in the world of opera & song upon moving to the UK after graduating from his B.Mus (Performance) studies in Australia at the remarkable age of 18.

His teachers and mentors have included, Michael Kieran Harvey, Peter Robinson, John Owen Edwards, Fraser Goulding, Malcolm Martineau, Roger Vignoles, John Fisher & Sherman Lowe. He in an alumnus of some of the most intense training programs in opera and song, including British Youth Opera, Britten-Pears School and English National Opera (Baylis & Opera Works).

David has prepared many of the finest principal singers for major roles in houses across Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Many of them going on to receive noted success in reviews or opera journals.

David’s own performing career as one of the most highly regarded accompanists of his generation, includes collaborations with Lesley Garrett CBE, Janis Kelly, Sarah Fox, Richard Suart, Jim Walker, Tara O’Connor, Rosamund Illing, Jose Carbó and Elizabeth Campbell as well as countless chamber music and duo recitals worldwide.

A recipient of a 2015 50th Anniversary Winston Churchill Fellowship, David will soon be undertaking further professional development at the opera houses of Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Deutsche Oper Berlin & Opéra national de Paris as both vocal coach and artistic director.

MODULE
Italian language repertoire

 

Andrea Creighton

A true Zwischenfach singer of exceptional versatility, with a professional international career spanning 20 years – Andrea Creighton’s performance experience encompasses opera, operetta, music theatre and cabaret. As a principal artist, Andrea has sung with many international companies including: L’Opéra National de Paris; New Zealand Opera; Opéra de Bordeaux; Opéra de Tours; Opéra de Nantes; Iford Arts Festival UK; Festival d’Aix en Provence; Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing and the NZ International Festival of the Arts – under the batons of major conductors such as James Conlon; Marc Minkowski; Bertrand de Billy; Pinchas Steinburg; Jean-Claude Malgloire; and Armin Jordan. Andrea was awarded the prestigious Prix d’A.R.O.P – for an outstanding debut performance at the Paris Opera.

Her concert work has seen engagements with the Vector Wellington Orchestra; the Auckland Philharmonia; the Auckland Chamber Orchestra; the Orchestre National de Lyon; Orchestre Pas de Loups; Orchestre des Jeunes Français; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Orchestre National de l’ Opéra de Paris, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Andrea has sung recitals in many countries around the world – including the United States; France; the United Kingdom; Italy; Belgium; New Zealand and Egypt.

A highly successful cross-over performer – from 2012-2016 Andrea performed the role of Carlotta Guidicelli in the Really Useful Group’s World Tour of The Phantom of the Opera – encompassing 7 countries. She was Sister Berthe in the recent 2016 GFO Australian tour of The Sound of Music; had tremendous fun touring Australia as Dubbo Housewife in Menopause the Musical for 2 years and performed Carlotta Guidicelli in the most recent RUG/GFO Australasian tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

Andrea is an established singing teacher – specialising in Opera, Classical Voice and Music Theatre and a sought-after “French Language for Singers” Coach.

MODULES
French Language Repertoire: Opera, Operetta and Mélodie
Mozart Songs and Arias

 

Nicholas Dinopoulos

A former boy chorister of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Nick studied at the University of Melbourne with Merlyn Quaife AM and furthered his training at The Opera Studio Melbourne. He maintains a busy performance schedule consisting of various, concert recital and operatic engagements (most notably as a core member of Songmakers Australia), and is frequently heard in national live-to-air broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM.

Recent engagements include performances of the Grainger Tribute to Foster for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Sir Andrew Davis (and a subsequent recording for Chandos Records), El Cantor (María de Buenos Aires) for Victorian Opera, Keeper of the Madhouse (The Rake’s Progress) for the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, the Schubert Schwanengesang for Art Song Canberra with associate artist Andrea Katz, the Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri for the Melbourne Festival and recitals with Songmakers Australia at the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Melbourne Recital Centre and for Musica Viva Australia.

As a conductor and educator he has worked with both community and professional organisations (as chorusmaster for the Peninsula Summer Music festival, and assistant chorusmaster to the Consort of Melbourne/Australian Chamber Orchestra, among others), continues a vibrant private voice studio, and is in increasing demand as an adjudicator and clinician. He currently holds positions on the staff of the Australian Boys Choir (Assistant Artistic Director) and at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Music Director, Monash University Singers). www.nickdinopoulos.com

MODULES
Oratorio
Spanish Song Repertoire

 

Judith Dodsworth

Versatile and unconventional soprano Judith Dodsworth is an accomplished performer across the genres of opera, oratorio, chamber music and art song. A graduate of Canberra School of Music and the University of Melbourne, she furthered her studies in London and Vienna where she worked extensively with such groups as the Arnold Schönberg Chor, Concentus Vocalis Wien and NeuOper Wien.

Her numerous and varied operatic roles include Sophie in the premiere of From A Black Sky for the Canberra Centenary Festival, Greta in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis for Victorian Opera, the title role and Mercedes in Carmen for OzOpera, the lead soprano in Opiume for the Singapore and Hong Kong Arts Festivals, Eugenia in The Country Philosopher, the title role in Rameau’s Pygmalion for Stopera and Mrs P in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. At less than twenty-four hours notice she sang the role of Clara in the premiere of Gordon Kerry’s Midnight Son for Victorian Opera. Her recent performance in Peter Maxwell Davies’ seminal one-woman opera Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with Syzygy Ensemble was described by Limelight magazine as “positively mesmerising”.

In demand as an exponent of new music, Judith has performed, recorded and premièred numerous contemporary vocal, operatic and chamber works throughout Australia by composers including Kevin March, Nicholas Vines, Nicholas Routley, Kate Soper, Anne Carr-Boyd, Amadis Lacheta, Mary Finsterer, Johanna Selleck, Stuart Greenbaum, Nirmali Fenn, Larry Sitsky, Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Ford, Matthias Pintscher and John Taverner. Her performance of the Australian premiere of György Kurtàg’s monumental Messages of the Late Miss R V Troussova with the Australian National Academy of Music and Brett Dean in 2010 cemented her reputation as a formidable interpreter of modern scores.

MODULES
Contemporary Classical Song

 

Vivien Hamilton

Scottish born, Vivien studied singing with Molly McGurk (WA) before embarking on specialized study with he likes of Jane Manning, Linda Hurst, Nigel Rogers, David Tunley, Emma Kirkby, Anthony Rooley and Rosalind Halton. As a result of this extensive study Vivien is a highly respected exponent of Early Music. Vivien enjoys a varied performing career: JS Bach ‘St John Passion’ with German Tenor Peter Schrieir for the Festival of Perth, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, the Australian premiere of ‘Dixit Dominus’ by Vivaldi with Richard Divall, the role of Adonis in ‘Venus and Adonis’ (1715) by J Pepusch for the History of the Emotions Project with Donald Nicholson as music director, also Philidel in ‘King Arthur’ by Henry Purcell for the Festival of Perth. She has also performed with e21 and Ludovico’s Band, the BBC and Kent Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company (A Little Night Music) and most recently with Glenn Riddle singing songs by Percy Grainger in Series 3 of ‘Classical Destinations: Australia’ hosted by Aled Jones. She has appeared in the Adelaide Festival, Metropolis Festival, MRC and the Melbourne International Festival.

Vivien has extensive experience teaching. She is the Musical Director of the Early Voices vocal ensemble at the Early Music Studio, for whom she has researched and written several early music entertainments, including “Eliza Triumphans: Music from the time of the Spanish Armada”, and “Le Vert Galant: Music from the life and death of Henri IV of France”. She has also written “My Hearts in the Highlands” a radio documentary about the music for Robert Burns for ABC Classic FM (Producer Stephen Snelleman).

Vivien has several CD recordings to her credit, including Olimpia: The cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti (ABC Classics), “Burns and Beyond: Songs of Robert Burns” (Move Records), and she can be heard (and seen) on the latest Classical Destinations: Australia DVD hosted by Aled Jones. www.vivienhamilton.com

MODULES
Baroque & Renaissance performance practice
French Repertoire

 

Roxane Hislop

Roxane Hislop is one of Australia’s best known mezzo sopranos with a career spanning 28 years. Miss Hislop has sung with all the major opera companies and symphony orchestras in Australia and has sung over 50 roles for Opera Australia alone. Operatic roles include the title roles in Carmen and La Pericole, Dalila in Samson et Dalila, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Maddalenna in Rigoletto, Guilietta in Tales of Hoffmann, Baba the Turk in Rake’s Progress and Rosweisse in Die Walkure to name but a few. She is equally at home on the concert platform and has a vast concert repertoire.

Miss Hislop has sung with some of the major conductors of our time including Richard Bonynge, Jeffrey Tait, Simone Young, Patrick Summers, Carlo Felice Cillario and Oleg Caetini and worked with important directors such as John Cox, Baz Luhrmann, John Copley, Lindy Hume, John Bell and most recently Neil Armfield in Opera Australia’s Ring Cycle.

In the past 10 years Miss Hislop has combined her performing career with a passion for teaching and “passing it on” to the next generation of aspiring singers. Miss Hislop is in increasing demand for master classes and as an adjudicator .

MODULES
Gilbert & Sullivan and Operetta
Art Song in English: Australian, American and British composers

 

Suzanne Johnston

Suzanne Johnstonhas successfully embraced the genres of opera, music theatre and cabaret over a career spanning 30 years. A principal mezzo with Opera Australia since 1984, she has performed at the Salzburg Festival and twice at Glyndebourne Festival, where she sang Dorabella to Renee Fleming’s Fiordiligi.

As a principal operatic artist, she has sung under the batons of Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Simon Rattle, Richard Bonynge, Stuart Challender, and Richard Divall, to name but a few.
She is the recipient of 4 Green Room Awards, MO Award, Sydney Opera Critics Award, Churchill Fellowship and an ARIA, and is featured on 6 DVDs for ABC Classics, including Dame Joan Sutherland’s final Australian season of Les Huguenots.

MODULES
Art Song in English Australian/American and British composers
French Language Repertoire

 

Andrea Katz

A vocal coach of extraordinary versatility, Argentine born Andrea Katz is equally at home with Chamber Music, Recital and Grand Opera. She studied piano with Vlado Perlemuter in Paris, Alexander Tamir in Jerusalem and specialized in the interpretation of German Lieder with Graham Johnson in London.

Since becoming an Australian resident in 1990, she has worked with Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Sydney Symphony, Sydney, Perth and Brisbane Festivals and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She works regularly with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and Auckland Philharmonia.

As a recital pianist she performs regularly with performers such as Yvonne Kenny, Peter Coleman-Wright, Emma Matthews, Merlyn Quaife, Sally-Anne Russel, The Sydney Omega Ensemble, The Sydney Soloists, cellist David Pereira, and violinists Pekka Kuusisto and Gil Shaham.

She is the founder of Songmakers Australia, one of Australia’s leading ensembles and has released 2 CDs with soprano Merlyn Quaife, “Lest we Forget” and “Fortune My Foe”.

MODULES
Italian Song
Spanish Song

 

Peter Mander

Peter Mander commenced his musical career as a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne. After graduating from the University of Melbourne (B. Mus. Ed. & A. Mus. A), he performed with the Victorian State Opera before leaving for Germany in 1982, where he performed as a character and lyric tenor in 50 roles in opera, operetta and musicals, as well as regularly appearing as tenor soloist in concert and Lieder recitals, including all the major religious works of Bach, Haydn and Mozart. He returned to Australia in 1994.

Peter maintains a busy performance schedule, returning regularly to Germany to perform as a concert artist. Peter has been principal tenor soloist for St. Frances Church, Melbourne for the past 15 years.

His students can be found in most professional productions, in both opera and musical in Australia, Germany and England.

Most recently he has published his book “German Phonetics for Australian Singers, Accompanists, and Students of German”.

MODULES
German Language and the wonderful world of Lieder
Oratorio

 

David Rogers-Smith

David Rogers-Smith is a regular on the opera, musical theatre, concert, oratorio and cabaret stages. He has performed with all major orchestras in Australia (SSO, MSO, APO), recently appearing with the MSO duetting with Ben Folds.

Career credits include over 2,500 performances as Ubaldo Piangi for the International and Australasian tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Brujon/Jean Valjean cover for the International tour of Les Miserables, the Ziegfeld Tenor in Funny Girl, Mary Sunshine cover in Chicago, Forbidden Broadway 2000, Brian in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Buddy Plummer in Follies in Concert, Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little; Kromov in The Merry Widow with Marina Prior; Zaza in La Cage aux Folles opposite John O’May. Operatic credits include Degas in Gaugin – A Synthetic Life, Ein sklave in Salome(Kirov Opera), Michele in The Saint of Bleecker Street, The Impresario in Mozart’s The Impresario and for Canberra’s Street Theatre he premiered From A Black Sky.

With Melbourne Opera he has played Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the title roles in both Pagliacci and Faust, Danilo in The Merry Widow and Don Jose in Carmen. With Victorian Opera: Jules/Greenberg in Sunday In The Park With George and this year both Into The Woodsand new opera The Riders.

He has lectured for the National Academy and the Miller Symposium on crossover voice which is one of his specialties.

David’s debut CD A Little Bit In Love was released in 2012.

MODULES
Music Theatre

 

Christopher Tonkin

Christopher Tonkin has performed throughout Europe, the U.K., Asia and Australia. European credits include Marcello (La bohème), Pollux (Castor et Pollux), Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Valentin (Faust), Silvio (Pagliacci), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Antenor (Dardanus), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Ping (Turandot), Delirio (L’Opera seria), Albert (Werther), Hans (Der Traumgörge) and Ottokar (Der Freischütz).

In Australia roles include Marcello, the Count (Capriccio) for Opera Australia, the Black Minister in Le Grand Macabre (Adelaide Festival), Sam in Trouble in Tahiti for Lost and Found Opera and for Victorian Opera the roles of Guglielmo, Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and Chou En-Lai in the 2013 award-winning production of Nixon in China.

Extensive soloist credits include Graun’s Der Tod Jesu (Lucerne Festival), Messiah, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (MSO), numerous Bach works, Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, Nelson Mass, Paukenmesse, Mozart’s Requiem, Great Mass, Vaughan-Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.

MODULES
German Repertoire

 

Susan Ann Walker B.Ed (Music)

Susan-ann’s professional musical theatre career started with CATS in 1989 when she performed the role of “Jenny-any-dots” over 1200 times in 5 different countries. She then was seen in LES MISERABLES (Australasian tour), GODSPELL (Sydney opera house), “Elizabeth” in Gale Edwards’s production of ASPECTS OF LOVE, her much loved “Martha” in THE SECRET GARDEN, “Jan ” in GREASE (Chang Mai) and GREASE THE ARENA SPECTACULAR, “Grandma Poss” POSSUM MAGIC, “Agnes Gooch” in MAME, “Mrs Strakosh” in FUNNY GIRL , “Catchup” in PINOCCHIO and “Sister Margaretta” in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. She was also seen as “Mrs Maggia” in THE ISHMAEL CLUB for Playbox. Susan-ann created the role of “Earth Mother” in the Australian production of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL and performed the show over 1200 times around Australia. In 2011 Susan-ann played “Calliope/Aphrodite” in XANADU and “Dolly Levi” in HELLO DOLLY. In 2012 and 2013 Susan-ann played the Horned Dominatrix “Gymnasia” opposite Geoffrey Rush in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM.

Susan-ann’s other great love is Cabaret and her one woman shows include DESPERATELY SINGING SUSAN and CONFESSIONS OF A SEX KITTEN. She co produced and starred in the critically acclaimed JACQUES BREL (2000 Green Room award) and wrote and performed the hit show YUMMY with Sally Bourne. Sally and Susan-ann have just performed their brand new show THE YUMMY BURLESQUE HOUR AT The Butterfly Club and it was the highest grossing Show ever at this venue.

TV credits include BLUE HEELERS, MDA , WINNERS AND LOSERS and DR. BLAKE along with several commercials and voice overs.

MODULES
Music Theatre

 

Sally Wilson

Sally Wilson has performed in Europe, Asia, Australia, the UK and the USA. Her repertoire spans from Baroque to Contemporary and includes several world-premiere performances across four continents. She has performed at such venues and festivals as Oper Bonn, the Konzerthaus Berlin, Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, The Washington Opera, the Puccini Festival, Cracow Philharmonie, Opera Instabile, Ravinia Festival, the Lincoln Center and Theater Freiburg, and with such ensembles as Chicago Symphony Chamber Players, National Polish Radio Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Freiburg Philharmonisches Orchester and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ms Wilson has recorded with the Freiburg Philharmonisches Orchester and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, as well as for the ABC. In May 2014 Sally Wilson will debut as Frau (a role composed for her) in a new opera by Hèctor Parrà entitled “Das Geopferte Leben” at the Münchener Biennale with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble InterContemporain. Sally Wilson has given masterclasses at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Pennsylvania State University and at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre.

MODULES
Art Song in English: Australian, American and British composers
German Language Repertoire: Opera, Operetta and Lied