I applaud all
that Music & Opera Singers Trust Limited (MOST) is achieving to encourage and expand opportunities for the growth of young Australian musicians who have the potential for stellar professional careers.
Dr Di Bresciani
2012 Opera Awards recipient
Nicole Car, soprano
Nicole Car is one of Australia’s most outstanding young sopranos.
She completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007. While studying, she was the recipient of many awards including the Alice Amy McDonald Trust, the Sleath Lowrey Rotary Scholarship and the Marion Isobel Thomas Estate Award.
In 2007, Nicole Car won the Herald-Sun Aria; she was also a finalist in the Australia Singing Competition where she was awarded the Symphony Australia Young Vocalist award. She made her major role debut in 2009 performing Donna Anna in Victorian Opera’s Don Giovanni and covered Madama Butterfly for OzOpera.
In 2010, Nicole was a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera. She also sang the soprano solos in Das Klagende Lied for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Johannes Fritzsch and was a featured artist on ABC Classics’ Rule Britannia with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. With Maestro Fritzsch and bass-baritone Teddy Tahu-Rhodes, she recorded Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony – again, for ABC Classics.
For Opera Australia in 2011, she sang Donna Anna, Mimi in La bohème, Micaela in Carmen and the Italian Singer in Capriccio; for the QSO, she appeared as soloist in the Deutsches Requiem. Her work in Carmen earned Nicole her first Helpmann Award nomination and the following review from Opera Insider:
"...the find of the night. Nicole Car - what a voice! I don't think I can recall such an auspicious debut (at the Sydney Opera House)...since the 1970's...She was truly sensational with one of the most beautifully lyric, full-bodied and honeyed voices I have ever heard."
Her roles for Opera Australia in 2012 included Pamina in a new production of The Magic Flute, Leila in The Pearl Fishers and Valencienne in The Merry Widow. She was also engaged by the Tasmanian Symphony for their performances of the Deutsches Requiem.
In 2013, Nicole Car sings Mimi for Opera Australia and is soloist with the Melbourne Symphony and Auckland Philharmonia; future appearances in leading roles are scheduled for Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and the United States.
Zara Barrett, the 2011 winner of the Opera Awards, made her operatic debut in 1993, singing the title role in Suor Angelica for The Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She is a three-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Awards (1993, 2000 and 2001), which has led to a number of engagements in the USA, with Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Opera Centre, where she was a member of the Young Artist’s Program from 2001 to 2003, the Glimmerglass Opera in New York, and at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.
Zara originally entered the Queensland Conservatorium of Music as a French horn player, switching to singing after 12 months. She won the Opera Foundation Shell Covent Garden Award in 1995 and the following year graduated from the postgraduate course at the National Opera Studio in London. She has studied voice with Richard Miller, Anthea Moller, Kathleen Kelly, Lauran Gilley, Bonnie Koestner, David Harper, Narelle French and Norma Marschke.
Born in Australia, Lorina completed postgraduate voice studies at the Australian National University in Canberra. She has won several prestigious awards, including the Robert and Betty Salzer Prize (Opera Foundation Australia 2004); 2nd prize in the Herald Sun Aria (2002 and 2004); Lady Gallegan Scholarship for Voice; Frank and Viola Tait Scholarship; Phoebe Patrick Award; Australian National Operatic Aria (2001); and the Opera Foundation's Convent Garden Scholarship (2003/04).
Lorina's operatic roles include Susannah (Le Nozze di Figaro), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Queen of the Night, Pamina and Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Fiakermilli (Arabella) for Garsington Opera, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Iford Arts, Norina (Don Pasquale) for New Zealand Opera, Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Sandrina (L’infedeltà delusa) and Agilea (Teseo) for English Touring Opera. Lorina has appeared in concert with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Welsh Chorale, London Mozart Players, London Salon Ensemble, Opera North and Welsh National Opera. Lorina has been a full time principal artist with Opera Australia since 2008, performing as Fiakermilli (Arabella), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Shining One/Madam Wanton/Voice of a Bird (Pilgrims Progress), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute), Yum-Yum (Mikado), 1st Niece (Peter Grimes), Marzelline (Fidelio), and Honey B (Bliss).
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