Eight students accepted to study in the Master of Music (Opera Performance)

February 14 / 129

Eight emerging opera virtuosos have won places in the Master of Music (Opera Performance), which is jointly delivered by Victorian Opera and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

The program, which mixes tertiary study with practical learning via the artistic partner organisation is an Australian-first. 

Selected from a field of more than 70 applicants, the group includes some of the nation’s most promising operatic talent.

Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Professor Gary McPherson, said the program offered a pioneering approach to opera training.

“The partnership with Victorian Opera means these developing artists will have a unique opportunity to become established members of a professional company,” Professor McPherson said.

“They’ll be in a position to develop the skills, knowledge and competencies required to have long and successful international careers.”

Richard Mills, Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, said these artists were the ‘cream of the crop’ in terms of developing performers. 

The seven young singers and one repetiteur (opera pianist and rehearsal coach) will immerse themselves in the life of a professional opera company while undertaking comprehensive studies in language, diction, voice, musicianship and acting.

The students who have been selected are:

Kate Amos, 23, Soprano.

Simon Bruckard, 23, Repetiteur.

Nathan Lay, 26, Baritone.

Elizabeth Lewis, 25, Mezzo-soprano.

Emma Muir-Smith, 23, Mezzo-soprano.

Michael Petruccelli, 25, Tenor.

Cristina Russo, 25, Soprano.

Matthew Tng, 25, Baritone.

The group will take on some of the principal roles in Victorian Opera’s Hansel and Gretel, the company’s dedicated performance for families and school groups.

They will then continue to feature in ensembles throughout the year, providing the rare opportunity to work alongside some of Australian opera’s biggest names, including Lisa Gasteen, José Carbo and Jessica Pratt.

The Master of Music (Opera Performance) is made possible by the support of the State Government through Arts Victoria.

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