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Some of our new Master of Music (Opera Performance) students were lucky enough to study in Europe over the summer, thanks to the Italian Acclaim Opera Scholarship program. One of them – Nathan Lay – is appearing as Baron Douphol in our upcoming May production of La traviata, from Italian opera house Fondazione Pergolesi Spontini. He recently studied with the company in their home city of Jesi, and shares with us some photos from his trip.
Below is a picture of Jesi from a lookout point on the city wall. Obviously the town has expanded outside these walls... Apparently about 40,000 live here now!
Soprano singer Olivia Cranwell reflects on her journey with Victorian Opera as she embarks on her professional career.
My relationship with Victorian Opera began in 2006. As a recent high school graduate I noticed a call for auditions in the paper for a new opera company, Victorian Opera. I went along to those auditions as an optimistic, idealistic; some might say naïve,18 year old. I sang and it was recommended to me that I audition for a new program that the company was looking at developing - the Victorian Youth Opera. So, a couple of months later I re-auditioned for Noye’s Fludde and was invited to perform the lofty role of God in the very first opera for Victorian Opera. Fast-forward 7 years and I am [but a month away from] graduating from the inaugural class of the new Masters of Music (Opera Performance) program.
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