Introducing Tabatha McFadyen
Tonight we'll be joined in performance by the lovely Tabatha McFadyen, a talented lyric soprano and a regular guest with the ensemble. She'll be premiering Liam Flenady's new song-cycle, Stars, Not Far Off.
Tabatha is completing a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) with Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and is currently a pupil of Prof. Lisa Gasteen. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Muir Memorial Undergraduate Award, a member of Griffith Honours College, and has been a recipient of the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence for each year of her study.
In 2012, she has competed as a semi-finalist in the McDonald's Operatic Aria, and has been a finalist in the Opera & Arts Support Group Scholarship and the Italian Opera Foundation Award. As part of the 2012 Australian Singing Competition, she was the recipient of the Mozart Opera Institute Award and the Nelly Apt Scholarship. In 2011, she was the winner of the South East Queensland Aria & Concerto Competition and the Margaret Nickson Prize (with pianist Alex Raineri), a finalist in the 2011 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Vocal Scholarship, and performed as part of the New Music Network’s ‘Generation Next’ project.
Her operatic roles have included Zerlina (Don Giovanni – Mozart), Titania (The Fairy Queen – Purcell), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica – Puccini), all for QCGU, and Prilepa in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy.
She regularly performs as a guest artist with contemporary music ensemble Kupka's Piano, and is a founding member of The Sydney Opera Co., playing the role of Suor Genovieffa in their upcoming production of Suor Angelica.