Hall of Fame

Alisdair Macindoe

1996 - 2001

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Alisdair was the recipient of the 2013 Helpmann Award for best male dancer in a dance or physical theatre work. He was also the recipient of the 2012 Green Room's best male dancer award for his year’s work with Lucy Guerin Inc and Chunky Move. Also the recipient of the 2004 Friends of the VCA scholarship and was nominated for the 2008 Green Room award for best male dancer. He has performed in many works by choreographers such as Carlee Mellow, Phillip Adams, Lucy Guerin, Gideon Obarzanek, Antony Hamilton, Leigh Warren and Kyle Page.

 

David Williams

2003—2004

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Principal Artist with Expressions Dance Company 2011 to 2013. Soloist Dancer with Black Grace New Zealand and Dancer with Sydney Dance Company 2010 Season.

Chelsy Meiss

1998 - 2003

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Dancer with Sandiego Ballet 2005 to 2007; Soloist with the National Ballet of Canada from 2008 to current Roles include Juliet in Alexai Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet; Queen of Hearts in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice in Wonderland; Bronislava Nijinska in John Neumeir’s Nijinsky; Alina in Wayne McGregor’s Chroma;

Timothy Brown

1992 - 1997

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Soloist with Expressions Dance Company; Featured dancer with Queensland Ballet; Roles with The Australian Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet; Choreographer for Queensland Ballet 2001 to 2008 and Expressions Dance Company 2009 to 2011 and The Australian Ballet 2010

www.timothybrown.com.au

Daniel Roberts

2000 - 2005

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Danced with the Singapore Dance Theatre for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2011 he moved to Perth to dance with The West Australian Ballet and was promoted to Soloist by Artistic Director Aurellien Scannella for West Australian Ballet’s 2014 season.  Is now with the Sydney Dance Company for their 2015 Season.

Paul Malek

1994 - 1999

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A prolific dance entrepreneur, Paul is the driving force behind Australian dance businesses Underground Australia, Immersed Dance Industry Gala, Project Y, dance media company Boom Media, theatrical production company Collaboration The Project and online web-series Dance Chat. Paul’s choreographic credits include; So You Think You Can Dance Australia Season 3 and 4, Dancing with the Stars, Up Here (Film), Animalia (Film), Hair The Musical, Yours Truly, and a plethora of highly acclaimed theatrical dance productions.Paul is actively engaged in the Australian dance community. As artistic director of The Victorian Dance Festival, and an active board member of Australian Teachers of Dancing International and Ausdance Victoria

Kelly Marie Sullivan

1989 - 1990

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Soloist at the Stadtheater, St Gallen Switzerland; Solist at Jubileum The Knabenkantorei, Basel Theatre; Soloist at Klangbilderverein, Zug Circo Fantastico; Lorzensaacham Ch: Oliver Dahler; Soloist Stadttheater Nordhausen, Germany; Currently Soloist Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater Schwerin, Germany

Annabel Knight

2000 - 2001

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Performed with Adelaide-based Company Leigh Warren and Dancers; 2002 was selected to perform at the Monaco International Dance Forum; Invited to work with Sydney Dance Company in Graeme Murphy's ‘Tivoli’, then danced in production of ‘Cats’; then ‘Carousel’; Female Lead in the Bollywood feature film ‘Touch’. ‘Phantom of the Opera’, in the role of Meg Giry returned and commenced a second contract with Sydney Dance Company from 2006- 2012 under the direction of Graeme Murphy and then Rafael Bonachela as a featured dancer; following, danced in 'Aida' with Opera Australia and 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' the musical

David Mack

1998 - 1999

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Joined West Australia Ballet in 2002 to 2003 performing soloist and principal roles. Then joined the prestigious Rambert Dance Company in London and performed as a soloist and principal dancer until 2006. Returned to Australia and after freelance dancing and choreography re-joined the WA Ballet in 2009 until present. Performed as principal dancer in the ballets Afternoon of the Faun by Barry Moreland; Lacrimosa by Natalie Weir; Pas de Trois – Voluntaries by Glen Tetley; Hilarion in Giselle; roles of Paris and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet by Youri Vamos and Un Ballo by Jiri Kylian – with numerous more leading roles. Joined Sydney Dance Company for 2014 Season

Anna Harms

2004 - 2006

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Joined École-Atelier Rudra-Béjart. Danced in works by Maurice Béjart toured Europe with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne and the École-Atelier Rudra. In 2008 joined Ballet Chemnitz under the direction of Lode Devos. danced, as a soloist, in his works as well as in pieces by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Jochen Ulrich. In March 2011 became a member of the Theaterhaus Dance Company where she performed in ballets by Eric Gauthier, Mauro igonzetti, Alejandro Cerrudo, Jirí Kylián, Hans van Manen and Christian Spuck. Anna is a leading role dancer with the Gauthier Company. In November 2013 was awarded the prestigious German Theatre Prize THE FAUST in the category for Best Performer - Dance.

Andrew Wright

1995 - 2000

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Graduated fromThe Australian Ballet School as dux of the class of 2003,  joined The Australian Ballet in 2004. In 2007 travelled to Europe on a professional development scholarship from the company. In 2010 guested in the USA at the Oregon Ballet Theater's gala. Guest principal artist for The Dancers Company regional tours for both 2011 and 2013. Was promoted to coryphée in 2008 and to soloist for the 2011 season.  Performed in many principal and leading roles; Prince Gremin in John Cranko's Onegin 2012; Camille in Ronald Hynd's The Merry Widow 2011; Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain© 2011; Act 3 grand pas de deux in Stanton Welch's The Sleeping Beauty 2010; Stanton Welch's Divergence 2009; Wayne McGregor's Dyad 1929 2009; Pas de cinq in Serge Lifar's Suite en blanc 2009;

Jacob Sofer

1995 - 1999

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Joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2003 where he danced the role of Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet both in New Zealand and during the 2004 UK tour. Danced the role of Franz in Coppélia and several main roles in contemporary seasons. Joined The Australian Ballet at the beginning of 2005 and was promoted to soloist in 2011. Performed in numerous soloist and principal roles: - The Photographer in Graeme Murphy's The Silver Rose 2010; The Professor in Alexei Ratmansky's Scuola di ballo 2009; Stephen Baynes' Constant Variants 2007; Peter Wright's The Nutcracker 2007; Don Quixote 2007; Stephen Baynes' Raymonda 2006; JirÍ Kylián's Petite Mort 2005.

Lucy Green

2003 - 2008

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Joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2010. In 2011 performed the role of Columbina in Pinocchio and the Green Fairy and Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty. At the end of 2012 performed the title roles in both Cinderella and Giselle as well as creating the female role in the ‘wedding couple’ in Act I of Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s ‘Giselle’. In 2013 Lucy performed the lead role of the Swan Queen in Russell Kerr's 'Swan Lake'. as well as the title role of 'Beer Maiden' in Ethan Stiefel's 'Beer Halle' and Bournonville's 'Flower Festival in Genzano'.

Adrian Burnett

1984 - 1985

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Senior Artist of The Australian Ballet and Choreographer for The Australian Ballet

Steven McTaggart

1979 - 1983

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Leading Dancer with Australian Dance Theatre, and Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Adelaide National and international touring; “West Side Story”, Sydney and Brisbane;“Helmet”, Thwack!, Garry Stewart, Sydney; Eric Languet Dancers, New Zealand; Dance Compass Melbourne; Soloist with the Royal New Zealand Ballet; Performed as ‘Mr Mistofeles’ in ‘CATS’, Hamburg Germany and is now Head of Contemporary Dance at VCASS

Greg Horsman

1979 - 1982

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Entered directly into The Australian Ballet; Principal Artist of both The Australian Ballet and the English National Ballet

Luke Smiles

1990 - 1991

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Leading Artist of The Australian Dance Theatre and Chunky Move Dance Company; Musical Composer for Nederlands Dans Theater

Clare Morehan

1997 - 2001

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Soloist of the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Principal of the Queensland Ballet

Justine Summers

1984 - 1986

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Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet

Delia Harrington

1979 - 1984

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Principal Dancer of the Australian Ballet; Soloist Ballerina of The Royal Ballet; Guest Artist at Stuttgart Ballet; Guest Artist at Pacific North West Ballet, Seattle,USA

Rachel Rawlins

1988 - 1989

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Senior Artist of The Australian Ballet; Soloist of The Royal Ballet; and Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet

Tristan Message

1993 - 1996

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Senior Artist of The Australian Ballet; and Teacher at the Australian Ballet School

Amy Share

1981 - 1986

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Leading Soloist in Bühnen der Landershauptstadt Kiel, Landes Theater Salzburg, Austria, Theater Dortmund-BRD, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken-BRD, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and Canada Ballet Divertimento, Canada

Rani Luther

1988 - 1993

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Leading Dancer with The Nederlands Dans Theater I and II; Soloist with Kiel Ballet Company, Germany; Soloist with The Australian Ballet and Sydney Dance Company and Principal Dancer with The Melbourne Ballet Company

Carlee Mellow

1988 - 1993

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Leading Dancer with Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc; Kage Physical Theatre; Phillip Adam’s BalletLab; commissioned choreographer for La Traviata for Oz Opera; Melbourne Fringe Festival; commissioned works for Lucy Guerin Inc and Arena Theatre’s at the Arts Centre and Sydney Opera House; Toured Nationally and Internationally with Chunky Move

Marc Brew

1989 - 1994

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The Australian Ballet; State Theatre Ballet Company of South Africa; Victorian Arts Award Winner, Young Australian of the Year Awards 2001; Choreographer, Dancer

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Jacinta Walsh

1980 - 1985

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Soloist and Leading Artist; Deutsche Oper Berlin

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Andrew Killian

1992 - 1997

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Principal Artist of The Australian Ballet

Stephen Colyer

1982 - 1986

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Leading Soloist Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium and Felds Ballet, New York; Director and Choreographer of the Sam Mendes production of ‘Cabaret’; Director and Choreographer of ‘The Full Monty’ Production Victoria State Theatre

Tim Harbour

1991 - 1992

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Senior Artist of The Australian Ballet; Choreographer for Western Australian Ballet, and The Australian Ballet

Sarah Davies

1989 - 1994

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Leading Soloist Landestheater Linz, Austria, And Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Germany, Soloist, Vienna Chamber Ballet, Austria; Queensland Ballet and Western Australia Ballet Choreographer of the Opera ‘Turandot’ for Theater Graz, Vienna and ‘The Merry Widow” for Lubeck Summer Festival, Germany

Lucas Jervies

1992 - 1995

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Leading Dancer with Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Dance Works Rotterdam, The Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, Choreographer for Scapino Ballet, ’Sub Rosa’ and ‘Minion'; Expressions Dance Company, and Milwaukee Ballet Company; Recipient of the Dance Creation Awards 2006 And co-creater of Jack Productions Dance Company

www.lucasjervies.com

Kirstie McCracken

1989 - 1994

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A leading dancer and collaborator with Chunky Move; Lucy Guerin Inc: Tasdance; Byron Perry; - Performance works, Flesh Meet, Body Parts, Live Acts,Singularity, Te Ends of Things, Melt, Plasticine park, On, Aether, Love Me, Structure and Sadness, Force Majeure; Same, same but different; Already Elsewhere, The Sense of It, The Age I’m In, Punctuated Equilibrium, Gogglebox and Frame Chaser

Thomas Bradley

2007 - 2008

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Leading dancer in Sydney Dance Company; performed in Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another, The Land of Yes and the Land of No, Project Rameau, Emergence, Les Illuminations, 2 in D minor and Scattered Rhymes; Other works include;- Desire, Cacti, Wildebeest, Eipper’s Dogs, Baristas, Raw Models, and Parenthesis

Christina Tan

1989 - 1992

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Lead and solo roles in The King and I (Eliza); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry); Chicago (Roxie and Velma cover) Kiss Me Kate (Bianca/Lois Lane) NZ;  How to succeed in Business (Miss Krumholzt) Anything Goes (Erma); Oliver (Rose Seller, Nancy cover) We Will Rock You (Scaramouch and Oz cover); Dirty Dancing (Lead Female Vocalist); Miss Saigon (Gigi + Kim and Ellen cover); Wicked (Nessarose cover) Mary Poppins Australasian Tour. (Mary and Mrs Banks cover) Gypsy Rose Lee in The Production Company’s GYPSY which she won a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actress 2014.

Mandy Carnie

1986—1987

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Leading Soloist in ‘A Chorus Line’; ‘Sweet Charity’; ‘Cats’; ‘How to succeed in Business without really trying’; ‘Live from the Roosevelt’; ‘The Mikado’; and created and Choreographed ‘Beatrice’ as well as ‘Girls on Film’

Alinta Chidzey

1997 - 2001

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Leading Roles in‘Leader of the Pack’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’,‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Dusty the musical’, Demeter in ‘Cats’,‘The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber’, Anita in ‘West Side Story’, and awarded‘Best Dancer in a Musical— Australian Dance Awards 2011; Green Room Award recipient for ‘Leader of the Pack'

Dana Jolly

1978 — 1982

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Performed in Wayne Sleeps “Hollywood and Broadway” UK Tour, “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s, “Song and Dance” UK and Europe tour, “Royal Variety Performance”, British Music Awards, National Music Express Awards London, “Shall we Dance” tour, Winter Olympics Norway, TV, Film, Video clips and World Pop Tours. Resident Choreographer on “Showboat”; Australian production of “Respect”; and the Production Companies “Anything Goes”, “Kiss Me Kate”, Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Little Me”, “Follies”, and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrals".

www.dana-jolly.com

Martin Hansen

1998 - 2003

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Leading dancer and collaborator in Europe with Christoph Winkler, Sebastian Matthias, Ehud Darash, Jeremy Wade, CDAM ad Tino Sehgal; Choreographer and producer in contemporary dance theatre in Europe; Dancer of the year in Tanz Magazine 2012 Dusseldorf.

Adrian Ricks

2000 — 2005

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Lead roles of ‘Coricopat’ and ‘Mr Mistofelees’ in CATS on World Tour including Production Dance Captain. Producer and Director of ‘RixStix’ Productions, produced acclaimed choreographic seasons ‘Release’ and ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, and productions for Crown Casino KPMG Corporate events. Appeared on Rove Live, Neighbours, Carols by Candelight and the movie Short Cuts.

 

Ross Hannaford

1997 - 2002

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Leading dancer and singer – as ‘Tobias Ragg’ in Sweeney Todd, ‘Skimbleshanks’ in CATS ‘Paul’ in Chorus Line, ‘James’ in Beyond Desire; Japanese Tour of We Will Rock You, The Secret Garden, Pippin, The Secret Garden, Camelot, Little Me, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into the Woods, Sweet Charity, Wicked and King Kong

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Sue Ellen Shook

1979 - 1984

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Leading Roles in ‘Moulin Rouge’ by Baz Luhrman, ‘Boy from Oz’ ,‘Midsummer Nights Dream’. ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Baz Luhrman, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘42nd Street, ‘Pajama Game’, ‘Pan’ the musical, ‘Starlight Express’, ‘Carmen, ‘Aida’, ‘A Rocky Horror Tribute’ and Dancing with the Stars, AFI Awards, In Melbourne Tonight, Don Lane, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Star Search, New Faces and Countdown

Glen Oliver

1997—2001

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Stage credits including ensemble cast and leading roles in South Pacific, Mary Poppins, Wicked, Alonzo in CATS, Can Can, Miss Saigon, Mamma Mia, 42nd Street, Bye, Bye, Birdie, King Kong, Anything Goes, Leader of the Pack and Grease. Worked with Tokyo Disney, Universal Studios Japan, Jumpin Jam (Shanghai), and many more

Rohan Browne

1993 - 1997

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Leading Roles as Herod in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, George in MTC production of ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ as Fred Casely in ‘Chicago’, as Rum Tum Tugger in ‘Cats’, ‘Hot Shoe Shuffle’ ‘The Boy from Oz, ‘Grease’, Dirty Dancing’ Green Room Award nomination for ‘Kiss me Kate’, ‘A Chorus Line’ Thoroughly Modern Millie, Follies, Mame, and ‘Tivoli’ Sydney Dance Company

Brendan Yeates

2004 - 2005

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Dance Captain for Love Never Dies (Really Useful Group) and West Side Story (Ambassador Group), Older Billy cover in Billy Elliot The Musical (Louise Withers and Associates  and Working Title), Principal Dancer for Silverlake Contemporary Ballet, Sabrina Phillip, Jacob Jonas creations, Marissa Osato,  Rob Ashford's Hermes events, Cirque Berserk UK tour, Capezio Ace Awards, The Footy Show, International Fashion Film Awards,  Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Thank God You’re Here, LA Fashion Week and creation cast for Disney stage productions Los Angeles.  Commercials include a Neuro campaign, (Red) U2 and Bank of America Super Bowl, MAC Glamour Daze and BCBGMAXAZRIA.   Brendan Yeates, Resident Choreographer, Matilda the Musical.   Creative credits include: Associate Choreographer to Graeme Murphy on Love Never Dies Japan and Germany (Really Useful Group, HoriPro and Stage Entertainment), Resident Choreographer on Matilda The Musical Australia (Royal Shakespeare Company), Resident Choreographer for Kinky Boots (Michael Cassel Group), Choreography for So You Think You Can Dance (Shine), What Not To Wear (TLC), Side By Side By Sondheim (Enda Markey) and Twisted Broadway (The Benge Group).

Amy Bowring

2004 - 2006

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Amy’s professional career has been based in Europe, with the exception of the 2011 Swan Lake season with Tasmanian Classical Ballet Company. European companies include Corey Baker Dance, based in London, Ballet Dortmund in Germany, the National Theatre of Brno in Czech Republic, and most recently the Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia as a soloist. Amy has a myriad of classical, modern and neoclassical productions in her repertoire, dancing works from notable choreographers, such as Youri Vamos, Krzysztof Pastor, Uwe Scholz, Mario Radacovski, Xin Peng Wang, Michael Shannon, Par Isberg and Giorgio Madia.  Career highlights have included Snow Queen in the Nutcracker (2013, Petipa), lead odalisque and pas de quart from La Bayadere (2014, Petipa), Mrs. Black in Midnight in Paris (nominated for an Estonian Theatre Award in  2016 for this role) Snow Queen (2015, Silas Stubbs), and ‘Donna Elvira’ and ‘Donna Anna’ from Don Juan, first created on Staatsballett Berlin (2016, Giorgio Madia).

Timothy Szczepkowski-Collins

2005 - 2007

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Timothy Szczepkowski-Collins studied dance at the VCASS.  In 2011 he moved to Germany and danced with Ballett Dortmund and Theater Magdeburg. In 2012 he danced in “The Sealed Angel” with the Rundfunk Chor Berlin and performed it for the Composer of the piece Rodion Shchedrin and his wife Russian Ballerina Maya Plisetzkaya. From 2012 to 2015 he was a soloist with the Mainfranken Theater Wuerzburg under the artistic direction of Anna Vita. Since the beginning of 2016 Timothy has been engaged with the Australian Ballet Company’s ‘Out Reach’ program for schools and ‘Storytime Ballet.’

Nikki Croker

2002 - 2005

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Nikki Croker’s credits include: West Side Story Centennial World Tour as Shark ensemble, Anita cover, Graziella cover and Jet Swing, Regionally performed West Side Story at STONC (Connecticut), Original cast of ‘Mamma Mia’ on RCCL, Disney Cruise Line, leading character and solo roles on multiple productions and also Spirit Productions. Professional semester at ‘Broadway Dance Center’ in New York City.  Nikki has danced with ALMA Dance Company and Broadway Cares Equity fights aids (BCEFA) for many events, benefits and concerts in New York City.

Jan Di Pietro

2002 - 2005

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Jan’s credits include: Leading role of Bert inMary Poppins  for The Court Theatre, Christchurch, and in 2015 toured in Anything Goes where he understudied and performed the role of Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. He has featured in productions across Australia and the U.S.A including The Producers, Sweet Charity, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,Promises Promises, The Boy From Oz, Music Man, The Mikado and  The Pirates Of Penzance, to name a few. Jan is a theatre graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where he became a member of the American Academy Company and performed such roles as Dan in Emlyn Williams’ thriller Night Must Fall,Clive/Edward in Caryl Churchill’s Cloud Nine, and Dr. Rance in What The Butler Saw. Now as a director and choreographer, Jan has completed work on Bring It On, Xanadu, Barney and Friends Live!, Paddington Live!, Cyberia and The Magic Words. Jan is a proud member of the MEAA since 2002.

Loughlan Prior

2001 - 2006

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Leading artist and choreographer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He finalised his training at the New Zealand School of Dance; Joined the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2010. Loughlan’s professional performance career has consisted Solo and Principal roles in the classical and contemporary repertoire across New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Great Britain, Italy, France and the United States.  Career highlights include Lysander in Liam Scarlett’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Alexander Ekman’s Cacti, William Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, Jiri Kylian’s Soldiers Mass, Larry Kegwin’s Mattress Suite, Javier De Frutos’ Banderillero, Cameron McMillan’s Satisfied withGreat Success, Sarah Foster’s Crossed Fingers, Garry Stewart’s C.U.I and Mark Baldwin’s Charliepas de deux.  Awarded the inaugural Harry Haythorne Choreographic Award for  his innovative work EVE in 2015. 

Nicole O'Shea

1982 - 1987

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Diploma of Dance with distinction from WAAPA (88-90), finishing top of her class. Received the Dame Peggy Van Prague award at WAAPA for excellence. Guest artist and full time employment with WA ballet company, and then joined Sydney Dance Company in 1991, at the time being the youngest dancer in the company.  From 93-96 I danced with Stella Opern Hamburg, Germany. I was a guest dancer with Ballet Gulbenkian also in 1996. Leading dancer and resident choreograoher for 3 productions of Phantom of the Opera in Europe (2 in Germany and 1 in Antwerp, Belgium spanning 6 years) Worked as a dancer and assistant director for Opera Queensland on many productions including Graeme Murphys “Turandot", Moffatt Oxenbould’s “Madama Butterfly”, Nabuco, Lucia di Lammermoor.  With Opera Australia she has been a dancer in Madama Butterfly and Dance Captain and dancer in Graeme Murphys “Turandot”.

Luke Forbes

2001 - 2006

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After training at VCASS, followed by the Ecole-Atelier Rudra-Béjart, Lausanne, Switzerland, Luke performed professionally with the Ballett Dortmund and Aalto Ballett Theater Essen in Germany. Luke has performed in works by George Balanchine, Mauro Bigonzetti, William Forsythe, Benjamin Millepied, Roland Petit, Cayetano Soto, and Christian Spuck. His own choreographies have been performed by the Ballett Dortmund and the Ballett im Revier. Luke was one of ten arts writers selected from approximately 100 Europe-based applicants to participate in the prestigious Aerowaves Europe Springback Academy dance journalism mentorship programme. He regularly contributes articles to arts magazines including the dance publications Dance Europe and Dance Australia, in addition to the German dance and media platform Tanzweb. In 2015 Luke completed his MA Dance Studies at the HfMT Köln, Cologne, Germany, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Monash University, Clayton, Australia, with support through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. 

Simon Fairweather

2001 - 2005

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Dancing professionally atDisneySea inRhythmsspending four and a half years at sea with Royal Caribbean Cruises, performing as the Dance Captain for musicals such as (Fender/Link Understudy),(Fred)Night Fever (Double J). Upon returning to Australia, Simon was cast as ‘Kingsman’  and Ensemble Swing in the world premiere of Kong Live On Stage (Global Creatures).  In 2014, Simon and thewere awarded both a Helpmann and Green Room award for their work with Kong, the puppet.Simon has most recently toured Australia in Ghost: The Musical  (Ensemble/ Willie Lopez and Subway Ghost Understudy). Simon is a sought after dancer in both corporate and commercial,  dancing alongside artists such as Guy Sebastian, Havana Brown, Sheppard, Deborah Cox and many more. Simon’s television credits include the AFL Grandwith Kath and Kim,With The Stars, The AFL Footy Show Final &Wild

Chantel Roulston

1993 - 1995

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After attending VCASS from 1993 to 1995, Chantel then graduated from the Australian Ballet School in 1999 and joined the Hong Kong Ballet in January 2000.  Promoted through the ranks to Senior Soloist and danced the principle roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Rubies and Concerto Barocco. Joined English National Ballet in 2009, the role of Myrtha, Queen of the Willis in Giselle, for the Queen at Buckingham Palace, on the main stage at Glastonbury music festival 2014 and in the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. Retrained as a Pilates teacher with Body Control Pilates UK, returned to Melbourne in December 2015. Currently a Pilates Instructor for Aligned For Life Pilates, and Faulty Educator, Assessor and Student Clinic Supervisor for National Pilates Training, Melbourne

Rennie McDougall

2003 - 2005

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Rennie has worked and performed extensively with Phillip Adams BalletLab, Chunky Move, Lucy Guerin Inc, Belvoir Theatre, Luke George and Collaborators, Stephanie Lake Company, Lee Serle and Brooke Stamp, touring both nationally and internationally and performed many solo and leading roles in their works.  Since moving to New York in 2015, he has worked with Juliana May, Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey and Antonio Ramos. Rennie's own choreographic work has been presented by Next Wave festival (2010-12), Phillip Adams BalletLab and Dance Massive festival (2015), Lucy Guerin Inc (2010-11), Melbourne Fringe (2013) and Sydney Fringe (2014)

Christopher Morrissey

2000 - 2001

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Leading Roles in Theatre By The Sea - "Diesel" in WEST SIDE STORY Studio 54 "She Loves Me". Broadway - New York, New York Beauty and The Beast International Tour  - New York, New York. An Act Of God - Ticket Taker · New York, New York, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical - Usher · New York, New York, Cabaret the Musical - New York, New York; Roundabout Theatre Company - Usher Studio 54 · New York, New York; Princess Cruises Line ; Emerald Princess -Assistant Dance Captain.  Princess Cruises -  Assistant Choreographer and Dance Captain

Louisa Breen

1993—1995

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Graduated with Bachelor of Music Honours from the University of Melbourne. In the same year began postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London, supported by a Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Scholarship, an Associated Board International Scholarship, and the Clarke Scholarship. Two years as an RCM Junior Fellow. Highest prize for piano at the Royal College of Music, the Chappell Gold Medal. Toured Asia and Australasia as a member of the RCM Premiere ensemble and performed regularly as a soloist and  as a chamber musician in concerts throughout London the UK,  Europe and New Zealand;  Performs  regularly with MSO, and is half of the Brown and Breen piano duo, both have have toured Australia, Europe and Asia in 2014, showcasing a new work written for the duo by Peter Sculthorpe.

Bonnie Brown

1994—1999

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Concert pianist performed internationally;  Has attained Diplôme Supérieur d’Enseignement (6ème niveau) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris as well as a Master of Music (performance) from the University of Melbourne, Australia;  In 2008 at the invitation of the French Government, spent first year in Paris as an Australian Artist in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Recipient of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship, the coveted Australia Council for the Arts Project Fellowship,  as well as support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Harold Mitchell Foundation and the Opus 50 Charitable Trust, among others. Formed the Brown and Breen Piano Duo with fellow Australian concert pianist Louisa Breen

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Kane Alexander

1991 - 1993

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Voted ‘Best Cabaret Artist in New York – 2001’ Starred in ‘Anything Goes’ , ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Footloose’

Reuben Blundell

1992—1997

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1998 performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on Violin in the Young Artist program, Toured Europe in the Geminiani Orchestra. Awarded fellowship with the Boston Symphony Orchestra 2002. New World Symphony violin fellowship 2002-2003, completed a Conducting DMA at  Eastman New York; Awarded violin fellowship with the New World Symphony, Miami 2003-05; Guest conducts all over USA including Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey and the Lansdowne Symphony. Allentown Symphony Conducting Fellow; Conductor in residence at  City University of New York’s Hunter Symphony

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Simon Monger

1991—1993

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Concertmaster of the Bielefelder Philharmoniker in Germany, and is a founding member of the Eldering Ensemble and member of the Australian World Orchestra. 'Guest Concertmaster - WDR Sinfonie Orchester Cologne, Guerzenich Orchester Cologne and Orchestra Filharmonia de Gran Canaria'.

Rebecca Fox

1998 - 2001

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Graduate of the Bachelor of Music, VCA; Recording artist of the ABC Jazz label two CDs; International touring artist

Robert Burke

1979 - 1980

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Robert Burke - MA (mus perf) VCA, Dip Arts VCA, AmusA A well known and celebrated Jazz and Rock Musician Performed and composed on over 100 CD’s For Kate Ceberano, Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows. Head of the School of Music - Conservatorium at Monash University as well as the coodinator of Jazz and Popular studies; Jazzhead Records recording artist and performs nationally and internationally at festivals and jazz clubs

Eugene Ughetti

1997 - 1998

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Eugene created ‘Speak Percussion’ an award winning company of cutting edge percussionists which tours Nationally and Internationally performing and has commissioned and premièred many Australian percussion works. ‘Speak Percussion’ celebrated 10 years in 2010. Eugene is also a VCASS Teacher

John Arcaro

1986 - 1987

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Principal Percussionist of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and Senior Guest Lecturer VCA School of Music Percussion Lecturer at VCASS

Rebecca Chambers

1990 - 1992

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Young Australian of the Year 1995 - Acclaimed International Concert Pianist

Patrick Savage

1981 - 1982

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Principal first violin in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London; Guest lead in Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; the Liverpool Philharmonic and The Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Soloist with many orchestras in the UK including the BBC Concert Orchestra, and composer for Film.

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Simon Fordham

1981 - 1982

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Second Violin Rosamunde Quartett 1991-2006 Second Violin Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra WDR 1989-1991 Principal Second Violin Munich Philharmonic Orchestra 1991- current

Elizabeth Sellars

1979 - 1984

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Recipient of Queen Elizabeth Jubilee and Northcote Trusts, Hepzibah Menuhin Award and Guildhall Chamber Prize, performed with Academy of St. Martins in the Fields, and the English Chamber Orchestra, Soloist with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Trio Temenos 2001 prize winners, 9th Concorso Musical Internazionale ‘Riviera del Conero’ Italy, Lecturer in Violin, Monash University

Miki Tsunoda

1984 - 1986

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Principal Second Violin in the Royal Flemish Philharmonic in Antwerp, Belgium; Leading Soloist at Spoleto Festival, Italy Winner International Chamber Music Competition, 1999 Soloist with Kyoto Symphony, Nagoya, Sendai Philarmonic Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra

Anne Harvey-Nagl

1984 - 1986

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Member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra; andRadio Symphony Orchestra of Vienna; Vienna Chamber Philharmonic, Haydn-Academy,Ensemble On-Line,die Reihe,Klangforum Wien. Concertmistress and regular soloist with the Vienna Mozart Orchestra since 1992, Concertmistress of the Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra and Philharmonia Wien. Also Principal 1st violin/associate concertmistress of the Vienna Volksoper; Member of the renowned Koehne Quartet, touring throughout Europe ,the USA and the Middle East

www.harvey-nagl.com

Michael Bertoncello

1992 - 1994

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Principal Trombone with the Auckland Philharmonic and Solo Trombone with the Tonhalle Orchester, Zurich Co-founder and Director of the Melbourne International Festival of Brass; Founding member of the Melbourne and Australian Chamber Brass Ensembles

Andrew Harper

1997 - 1998

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Graduate of the Royal Academy of Music Clarinet.  Performed with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Opera House Orchestra; Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; London Symphony Orchestra; Lutoslawski Festival Orchestra, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic

Zoe Black

1986 - 1989

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Assistant Leader of the acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra. Founding member of the ‘Freshwater Trio’ and ‘Firebird Trio’, both groups performing at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Master class tutor in violin at VCASS

Aaron Choulai

1997 - 2000

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Award winning pianist and composer, Young Jazz Musician Of the Year 2006, performed as a leading jazz soloist In Tokyo Jazz, Jazz A Juan, WOMadelaide, Umbria Jazz and the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Musical director for Kate Ceberano and Jazz CDs for Sunnyside Records in New York

Karen Schofield

1995 - 1997

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Associate Principal Flute with Orchestra Victoria, recordings with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and recipient of The Marion Isobel Thomas Award, The Mozart Concerto Award,The Leslie Barklamb Scholarship and the ABC M.S.O. Young Artist Award

Evgeny Sorkin

1995 -1999

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Performed as soloist violin with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, performed as soloist in Moscow Conservatorium, Hamer Hall, The International Holland Music Sessions 2006. Recipient of the Yehudi Menuhim Scholarship, 1st prize at the 2002 6th Togliatti International Violin Competition. Now a senior teacher at the Sydney Conservatorium and will complete his Phd in June 2012 as well as continuing to perform and record CDs

John Lynch

1981 - 1986

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Associate Principal Viola with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Founding member of the Binneas String Quartet, Performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the St Petersburg String Quartet, Russia

Marshall McGuire

1981 - 1982

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Soloist – Harp Australian Chamber Orchestra; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Principal Harpist with Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra; Solo Performances in Milan, Geneva, Vienna; and Dublin at the International World Harp Congress

www.aura-go.com

Mark Fitzpatrick

1995 - 1998

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In 2005 won the Barry Tuckwell Prize at the Melbourne; International Festival of Brass.  Became a freelance player, performed extensively with orchestras and ensembles in Australia and New Zealand. 2008 performed as Principal Trumpet with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; returned to Australia to take up his current position as Principal Trumpet of Orchestra Victoria in 2009

Aura Go

1999 - 2003

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Concert pianist performed internationally; Melbourne International Arts Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Edinburgh Festival. Performed with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Solo recitals in Italy Denmark, Finland, Australia and the USA. Educator at ANAM, VCA, Yale College University of Arkansas, Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, Master of Music Degree, Yale School of Music; recipient of scholarships from Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Australia Council and the Finnish Cultural Foundation

Holly Piccoli

1999 - 2004

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Violinist graduated with Bachelor of Music Yale School of Music with the highest marks in her post graduate degree at Yale, national and international performances, an Inducted Fellow of Yale, School of Music, Yale Baroque Ensemble Australian Chamber Orchestra emerging artist 2009 Regional touring with ACO2 and international touring with ACO to USA, Europe and Asia

Jessica Aszodi

2001 - 2003

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Singer and Performing Artist with Victorian Opera, Lead roles in ‘Don Giovanni and Sesto ‘Guilio Cesar’; Popova ‘Walton's The Bear’; Rose in ‘Elliot Carter's What Next?’ Guest soprano soloist with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series; San Diego Symphony; and Sydney Chamber Opera; Two time nominee Green Room Awards for ‘Best Female Operatic Performer’ Degrees from University of Melbourne VCA Music, and University of California

www.jessicaaszodi.com

Claire Lyon

2003 - 2004

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Singer and Performing Artist, Lead roles in Opera Australia’s ‘Anything Goes’, Opera Australia’s ‘Die Fledermaus; ‘The Merry Widow”; ‘The Marriage of Figaro’; ‘A little Night Music’, lead role in International world tour production of ‘Phanton of the Opera’; ‘Love Never dies’; ‘My Fair Lady’; Production Company’s ‘Pirates of Penzance’; Performed with Josh Groban as Guest Soprano on Australian tour of ‘Stages’; Green Room Award nominee 2013

www.clairelyon.com

Russell McGregor

1980 - 1982

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1994 Concertmaster at the Vienna Chamber Opera; since 1997 Concertmaster and Conductor with the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra; Violinist chamber-music career performances in Bulgaria, Indonesia, Canada, Japan, England and Italy. Successful “Stehgeiger” Russell McGregor is the most well known (and famous) “Stehgeiger” in Vienna; Performed concerts in the Golden Hall of the famous Musikverein in Vienna; performed with Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Dame Kiri Tekanawa and Ildiko Raimondi. Russell McGregor and the Johann Strauss Ensemble concerts perform in Romania, Spain, Greece, Hungary, China and Australia.

www.russellmcgregor.kulturquartier.at

Carlo Barbaro

1997 - 1999

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Tenor saxophone is very active in the Melbourne jazz scene having first emerged from the V.C.A. as a member of the band, Vada. Performed at the 2010 Wangaratta Festival as co-leader of his quartet with Eamon McNelis, dynamic quartet, featuring Darrin Archer (piano), Tom Lee (acoustic bass) and Hugh Harvey (drums), playing their own compositions (and some arrangements of jazz repertoire). Carlo’s Albums - 2013 They Shall Inherit Menagerie Flute; 2009 Made of Stone Kylie Auldist Flute, Sax (Tenor) 2008 Computer Love Tzu Horn, Sax (Tenor), Unknown Contributor Role; 2008; Tzu Horn, Sax (Baritone), Unknown Contributor Role; 2004 On the Attack The Cat Empire Sax (Tenor); 2003 The Cat Empire The Cat Empire Sax (Tenor); Don't Tempt Me Sarah McKenzie Sax (Tenor) Wait For You The Basics Saxophone; Worldwize, Pt. 1: North and South Blue King Brown Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)

 

Brenton Spiteri

2001 - 2006

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After training at VCASS Brenton graduated from the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours.  In 2012, Brentonfirst prize in Australia’s major singing competition, the Herald Sun Aria, which allowed him to pursue overseas study in singing and languages.  His performances credits include:   State Opera of South Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, Brisbane Baroque and Melbourne Opera, in addition to solo appearances with the Adelaide and Sydney Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra of  the Antipodes. His roles encompass early music, standard repertoire and world premieres, with highlights including Tamino, the Magic Flute; Count Almaviva, the Barber of Seville; Clotarco, Armida; Nadir, les Pêcheurs de Perles; Jaquino, Fidelio; Harlekin, Der Kaiser von Atlantis; Magician, Snow Queen; and Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas.  Also  performed Britten’s extensive solo tenor workLes Illuminations.  Recipient and Prizewinner in the Sydney McDonald’s Aria, the Australian Singing Competition and the 2014 Mietta Song Competition (Runner-Up and Australian Song Prize). He continued his development from 2012-2014 with the generous support of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust as recipient of the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith scholarship.

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