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Australia has been establishing stronger links with Asia—but has been unable to shake off the British monarchy Australia's landmass—which can be viewed as the world's largest ...

Elkins, Margreta

Elkins, Margreta (16 Oct 1932)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Oct 1932 ). Australian mezzo-soprano . Her teachers included Pauline Bindley in Melbourne and Harold Williams in Sydney. She made her début as Carmen ( 1953 , Brisbane) with the Sydney-based National Opera of Australia, followed by Azucena ( 1954 ), Suzuki and Siebel. In 1958 she became a resident principal at Covent Garden. She regularly partnered Sutherland in Norma , as Adalgisa, and in Alcina , as Ruggiero. She returned to Australia with the Sutherland-Williamson company ( 1965 ) and eventually became a member of the Australian Opera in ...

Gasteen, Lisa

Gasteen, Lisa (13 Nov 1957)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Lisa ( b Brisbane , 13 Nov 1957 ). Australian soprano . When she began to study at the Brisbane Conservatory, as a mezzo, her interest was primarily in jazz singing. Her real classical training began when her teacher began to train her as a soprano. In 1982 she won the Australian regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, and in 1984 she was awarded the Covent Garden Scholarship. Gasteen made her operatic début in 1985 with the Lyric Opera of Queensland (now Opera Queensland) as the High Priestess ( Aida ) followed by Desdemona (...

Stewart, Nellie

Stewart, Nellie (20 Nov 1858)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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..., 20 Nov 1858 ; d Sydney , 22 June 1931 ). Australian soprano and actress . The daughter of Theodosia Yates-Stirling, former chorus mistress at Drury Lane, London, and a singer-actress of great versatility, she made her first stage appearance at the age of five, and followed her mother's example by excelling in both sung and spoken theatre. She sang the leading role in Jacques Offenbach's La fille du tambour-major in April 1881 for George Musgrove's management and played Yum-Yum in the Australian première of The Mikado in 1885 , repeating the...

Carden, Joan

Carden, Joan (9 Oct 1937)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Joan ( b Richmond, Melbourne , 9 Oct 1937 ). Australian soprano . She studied in Melbourne then in London, making her début at Sadler's Wells ( 1963 ) as the Water-Melon Seller in Malcolm Williamson's Our Man in Havana . A technically capable Gilda for the Australian Opera led to her Covent Garden début in the same part in 1974 . She sang Donna Anna at Glyndebourne ( 1977 ) and for the touring Metropolitan Opera ( 1978 ), and Konstanze for Scottish Opera ( 1978 ). Her Australian Opera roles include Ellen Orford, Tatyana ( Yevgeny Onegin ), the...

Moncrieff, Gladys

Moncrieff, Gladys (13 April 1892)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...success in London in Franz Lehár's Die blaue Mazur ( 1927 ). Her subsequent Australian appearances included the leading roles in two Australian musicals by Varney Monk , Collit's Inn ( 1933 ) and The Cedar Tree ( 1934 ), many revivals of operettas and musical comedies, and concert tours up to her retirement in 1959 . Moncrieff became one of the most consistently admired and affectionately regarded performers (often referred to as ‘Our Glad’) in Australia. Her autobiography, My Life of Song , written with Lillian Palmer (and including a...

Angel, Marie

Angel, Marie (30 July 1953)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Marie ( b Pinnaroo, South Australia , 30 July 1953 ). Australian soprano . After appearing in Australia she joined Opera Factory Zürich, with whom she made her London début in 1980 as Galatea. With Opera Factory London ( 1982–92 ) she has sung Pretty Polly ( Punch and Judy ), Lucy ( The Beggar's Opera ), Denise ( The Knot Garden ), Juno and Callisto, C. W. Gluck's Iphigenia , Fiordiligi, Donna Anna, Countess Almaviva and Poppaea, and took part in the première of Nigel Osborne's Hell's Angels ( 1986 ). For ENO she sang Claudio Monteverdi's ...

Matters, Arnold

Matters, Arnold (11 April 1904)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...returned to Australia in 1941 for war service with an entertainment unit. He again joined Sadler's Wells in 1944 and sang the title role in the first performance in England ( 1948 ) of Simon Boccanegra . He was the original Pilgrim in Ralph Vaughan Williams's The Pilgrim's Progress ( 1951 ) at Covent Garden, and created Cecil in Benjamin Britten's Gloriana ( 1953 ). In 1954 he returned to Adelaide to teach at the Elder Conservatorium ( 1954–66 ), producing Tosca and Otello for the Elizabethan Trust Opera (now Opera Australia) 1957 touring...

Donnelly, Malcolm

Donnelly, Malcolm (8 Feb 1943)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Malcolm ( b Sydney , 8 Feb 1943 ). Australian baritone . He studied in Sydney, where he made his début in 1966 , and then in London before joining Scottish Opera ( 1972 ), with which he sang Count Almaviva, Malatesta, the Music-Master ( Ariadne auf Naxos ), James Stewart ( Thea Musgrave's Mary, Queen of Scots ), Harašta ( The Cunning Little Vixen ) and Enrico Ashton. At Wexford ( 1977–8 ) he sang Herod ( Hérodiade ) and Sebastiano ( Tiefland ). For the ENO his numerous roles include Pizarro, Germont, Napoleon ( War and Peace ), Count di Luna,...

Pushee, Graham

Pushee, Graham (25 April 1954)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Graham ( b Sydney , 25 April 1954 ). Australian countertenor . While studying with David Parker in Sydney in 1973 he made his opera début, with the University of New South Wales Opera, as Oberon in the first Australian performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream , revealing marked theatrical gifts, an even and characterful tone and technical agility. In 1976 he sang the title role in G. F. Handel's Orlando with the same company. On the basis of these opera roles and appearances in early music performances with the Sydney Renaissance Players,...

Bronhill, June

Bronhill, June (26 Feb 1929)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...June [ Gough Bronhill , June Mary Bronhill ] ( b Broken Hill , 26 Feb 1929 ; d Sydney , 25 Jan 2005 ). Australian soprano . She won a singing competition in Australia and in 1952 moved to England to further her career, first studying with Dino Borgioli , then joining the Sadler's Wells Opera company in 1954 . She worked with the company through the early 1960s, singing roles that included Norina, the Queen of Night, Papagena, Zerbinetta, Leïla, Gilda and Lucy in Gian Carlo Menotti's The Telephone . In 1960 she appeared at Covent...

Hnatyuk, Dmytro

Hnatyuk, Dmytro (28 March 1925)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Kiev Theatre of Opera and Ballet. His roles include Rigoletto, Gioachino Rossini's Figaro, Ostap in M. V. Lysenko's Taras Bulba and the title roles in Yevgeny Onegin and Mazepa , which give scope to his strong and penetrating voice. He has toured in the USA, Japan and Australia. He served as principal stage director of the Kiev Shevchenko Opera and Ballet Theatre. Virko...

Williams, Harold

Williams, Harold (3 Sept 1893)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Harold ( b Woollahra, Sydney , 3 Sept 1893 ; d Gordon, Sydney , 5 June 1976 ). Australian baritone . He came to professional singing after showing outstanding proficiency in sport. After war service in France and Belgium he took lessons with Charles Phillips in London and made that city his base for most of his career. Following his Wigmore Hall début in 1919 , he established a reputation primarily as a concert singer in works such as Elijah , The Dream of Gerontius , The Kingdom and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Scenes from ‘The Song of...

Austral, Florence

Austral, Florence (26 April 1894)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Florence [ Fawaz, Wilson ] ( b Melbourne , 26 April 1894 ; d Newcastle, NSW , 15 or 16 May 1968 ). Australian soprano . Her real name was Wilson, but she was also known by that of her stepfather, Fawaz, before she adopted her familiar professional name. Having studied at Melbourne University Conservatorium and in New York, she is said to have been offered a contract with the Metropolitan Opera, but preferred to make her career in England. In 1923 she appeared at Covent Garden with the British National Opera Company as Brünnhilde in the complete...

McDonnell, Tom

McDonnell, Tom (27 April 1940)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Tom [ Thomas McDonnell ] ( Anthony McDonnell ) ( b Melbourne , 27 April 1940 ). Australian baritone . After studying in Melbourne, he sang Belcore ( L’elisir d’amore ) in Brisbane. He joined Sadler's Wells Opera (later the ENO) in 1967 . His first major role was W. A. Mozart's Figaro and in 1968 he sang Marcel Sciocca in Malcolm Williamson's The Violins of St Jacques . In 1969 he sang Yevgeny Onegin with Glyndebourne Touring Opera. His roles with the ENO include Germont, Schaunard, Escamillo, Papageno and Andrey, which he sang at the...

Melba, Dame Nellie

Melba, Dame Nellie (19 May 1861)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Dame Nellie [ Mitchell, Helen Porter ] ( b Richmond, Melbourne , 19 May 1861 ; d Sydney , 23 Feb 1931 ). Australian soprano of Scottish descent . She had already had some training and concert experience before 1886 , the year she left Australia for further study in Europe. She studied in Paris with Mathilde Marchesi , and made her operatic début on 13 October 1887 at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, as Gilda; in the following year she appeared at Covent Garden as Lucia and at the Paris Opéra as Ophelia. Her rare beauty of tone and finish of...

Te Kanawa, Dame Kiri

Te Kanawa, Dame Kiri (6 March 1944)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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... West Side Story with Leonard Bernstein conducting. She was made DBE in 1982 , the year after she sang at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer , and has been invested with the Order of Australia ( 1990 ) and of New Zealand ( 1995 ). Her ‘Opera in the Outback’ concert was a spectacular and imaginative contribution to the Australian bicentennial celebrations of 1988 . Te Kanawa's voice, vibrant but mellow, ample but unforced, impressed from the first with its freshness and warmth. Less remarkable are her interpretative powers, though her...

Hammond, Dame Joan

Hammond, Dame Joan (24 May 1912)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Dame Joan ( Hood Hammond ) ( b Christchurch , 24 May 1912 ; d Bowral, NSW , 26 Nov 1996 ). Australian soprano of New Zealand birth . She studied in Sydney, where in 1928 she made her début as Giovanna ( Rigoletto ), then sang Venus and Helmwige ( 1935 ). After further study in Vienna, London and Florence, she was engaged at the Vienna Volksoper in 1938 to sing Nedda, Martha and Konstanze; in 1939 she sang Mimì and Violetta at the Staatsoper. Engaged by the Carl Rosa company ( 1942–5 ), she sang Butterfly, Tosca, Violetta, Marguerite ( Faust...

Kenny, Yvonne

Kenny, Yvonne (25 Nov 1950)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...Yvonne ( Denise Kenny ) ( b Sydney , 25 Nov 1950 ). Australian soprano . She studied in Sydney and Milan, making her début in 1975 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, in the title role of Gaetano Donizetti's Rosmonda d᾽Inghilterra . The following year she made her Covent Garden début in the première of H. W. Henze's We Come to the River , then sang roles ranging from G. F. Handel (Semele and Alcina) and W. A. Mozart (Ilia, Pamina, Servilia and Susanna) to Aennchen, Micaëla, Sophie ( Der Rosenkavalier and Werther ), Adina and Benjamin...

Basiola, Mario

Basiola, Mario (12 July 1892)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...there were not entirely borne out when, after a serious illness, he came to Covent Garden (as Iago, Amonasro and Germont) in 1939 ; nor are they well supported by the recordings he made of Pagliacci and Madama Butterfly with Gigli. In 1946 he joined a company touring Australia, and in 1951 he returned there as a teacher. His earlier recordings show the full-bodied tone and flowing style which earned him a high reputation among the singers of his time. His son, Mario Basiola jr ( b Highland Park, IL, 1 Sept 1935 ), was also a successful baritone,...

Owens, Anne-Marie

Owens, Anne-Marie (1955)   Reference library

The Grove Book of Opera Singers (2 ed.)

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...in Cavalleria rusticana . Her rich, dark-toned mezzo has also been admired as Morozova in P.I. Tchaikovsky's Oprichnik in Cagliari, Madelon in Andrea Chénier for Scottish Opera, Ragonde ( Le Comte Ory ) for Garsington Opera, the Witch ( Hänsel und Gretel ) for Opera Australia, and Herodias in Salome for both Santa Fe Opera and Opera North. In 1996 Owens created the role of Aunt Hannah Watkins in the world premère of Tobias Picker's Emmeline at Santa Fe, repeating the part for New York City Opera the following season. Her recordings include...

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