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Greta Bradman – Soprano

  

Stunning soprano Greta Bradman is one of Australasia’s most celebrated operatic and concert artists.  Her 2015 début album for Decca Classics My Hero (c. Richard Bonynge; English Chamber Orchestra) received five-star reviews and topped the classical and classical crossover ARIA charts for several months.  Her new album Home (c. Luke Dollman; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) is scheduled for release in April, 2018.

 

Recent performance highlights include Mimi (La bohème) for Opera Australia, Lisa (La sonnambula) for Victorian Opera and the title roles in Theodora (Canberra) and Rodelinda (Melbourne).  In 2018, she is soloist with the Adelaide, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Australian World Orchestra; she also sings the title role in The Merry Widow for State Opera of South Australia.

 

Greta has sung extensively in the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and throughout the Asia Pacific; she has performed for world leaders from the UK, USA, China, India, Monaco and Australia.  A regular soloist with all the state symphony orchestras, she was Limelight Magazine’s 2010 Newcomer of the Year and their 2015 Australian Artist of the Year.

 

Holder of a Masters Degree in Psychology, Greta sits on the advisory boards of the Australian Mental Health Prize and the Arts Wellbeing Collective; she is patron of St. Matthew’s Music Foundation, an Ambassador of Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide and is on faculty at Alain de Botton’s The School of Life.  She is also a regular presenter on ABC Classic-FM.

 

Milijana Nikolic – Mezzo Soprano

 

Milijana Nikolic’s most recent performances include Jane Seymour (Anna Bolena) for The Metropolitan Opera New York, Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris (Aida), Verdi’s Requiem and the title role in Carmen for Opera Australia, Pantasilea (Bomarzo) for Teatro Real Madrid, Carmen for Fujiwara Opera Japan and Dalila (Samson et Dalila) with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

In 2018, she sings Amneris for Seattle Opera and Opera Australia, Carmen for West Australian Opera and Azucena (Il trovatore) in Trieste, Bari and Japan.

 

Serbian-born, Milijana won a two-year scholarship to attend the Academy for Soloists at Teatro alla Scala, Milan.  Since this time, she has sung leading mezzo-soprano roles throughout Europe, Asia, North America, Australia and New Zealand. 

 

In Asia, Milijana has sung Eboli (Don Carlo) in Korea and for Opera Hong Kong; she has also appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Kanasawa Festival in Japan. 

 

She has been a frequent soloist with the Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras and the Auckland Philharmonia in works by Verdi, Mozart, de Falla, Mendelssohn and others.

 

Milijana has sung Carmen for the Savolinna Festival in Finland, for Opera Australia (in Sydney and Melbourne) and for State Opera of South Australia in Adelaide; Amneris (in her American debut) for Michigan Opera Theatre and in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and New Zealand; Dalila in Samson et Dalila in Finland; the title role in Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans at the Macerata Festival; she also appeared in the World Premiere of Bliss for Opera Australia in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival.

 

 

Rosario La Spina - Tenor

 

Rosario La Spina trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music continuing his studies at RNCM, Manchester under the tutelage of Joseph Ward OBE. 

 

In 2002, Rosario won first prize in the Mario Del Monaco International Opera Competition and made his principal role debut at La Scala as Riccardo (Oberto) reprising the role in Genoa.

 

He made his Opera Australia debut as Cavaradossi (Tosca) in 2005 and has subsequently appeared for the national company as Radames (Aida) The Prince (Love for Three Oranges), Alfredo (La traviata), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), The Duke (Rigoletto), The Prince (Rusalka), Calaf (Turandot), Macduff (Macbeth), Rodolfo (La bohème), Don José (Carmen) and the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann.  His American debut was as Rodolfo for Seattle Opera in 2007; he returned to Seattle as Radames and made his first Canadian appearances in this same role.

 

Rosario has also been a regular soloist with all major Australasian symphony orchestras; recordings include Puccini Romance (QSO/ABC Classics), The Prince in Rusalka (Chandos) and a self-titled album with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (Universal).

 

The Verdi Bicentenary in 2013 saw him sing Alfredo and The Duke in Perth, Don Alvaro (La forza del destino) in Adelaide, Verdi’s Requiem in Taiwan and New Zealand, Radames in Detroit and Gaston (Jérusalem) in Fidenza; he also performed Don José throughout Japan. 

 

Since 2014, Rosario La Spina has sung The Duke for Opera Queensland, Manrico (Il trovatore) for West Australian Opera, Pollione (Norma) and Canio for Victorian Opera, Samson (Samson et Dahlia) in Tokyo, Cavaradossi, Turiddu and Canio for State Opera of South Australia and The Prince (The Love for Three Oranges), Turiddu, Canio and Calaf for Opera Australia.

 

 

Sam Roberts-Smith – Baritone

Australian baritone Sam Roberts-Smith is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is already recognised as one of the most exciting new talents to arrive on the international operatic scene.

 

Sam has recently completed his first season at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, a former WA Opera Mentored Artist, Opera Australia Young Artist, and former member of the Opera Australia principal ensemble.  Even at this early stage of his career, Sam has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the operatic world including Leo Nucci, Patricia Racette, Simon Keenlyside, Stephen Costello, Charles Castronovo, Zeljko Lucic, Anja Harteros, Carlo Rizzi and Richard Bonynge. 

 

 

Both in Australia and abroad, Sam has built an impressive catalogue of operatic repertoire with performances in Macbeth, A Midsummer Nights Dream, La Bohème, Lakmé, Eugene Onegin, Tosca, Manon, La Traviata, Carmen, Der Rosenkavalier, La Sonnambula, Les Pêcheurs de perles, Madama Butterfly, Fanciulla del West, Il Torvatore, Le Nozze di Figaro, The Magic Flute, Bliss, Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Rigoletto, The Merry Widow, Gianni Schicchi, Il Viaggio a Reims, Don Carlo, The Love of Three Oranges, and  Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

  

Sam has enjoyed much success on the competition circuit and is winner of numerous prizes and awards including being chosen as the Australian representative at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, winner of the Marianne Mathy Scholarship: The Australian Singing Competition, Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Award, Symphony Australia Young Vocalist Award, Opera Foundation for Young Australian’s Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, and various prizes at the International Paris Opera Awards.

Stephen Mould - Conductor

Sydney-born Stephen Mould is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  In 1985, he moved to London to continue his studies at the Royal Academy of Music. During this time, he was engaged as a conductor and musical assistant by a number of opera houses and festivals in Germany, Belgium, Norway and Italy. In 1990, he was engaged as an assistant at the Théatre de la Monnaie, Brussels and in 1992 was appointed to the staff of Opera Frankfurt as assistant to the Music Director.  During this time, he was also engaged as a teacher at the music conservatorium in Frankfurt.  In 1996, he joined the music staff of Opera Australia.

 

Stephen Mould was Head of Music at Opera Australia between 2004 and 2008 and, since 1998, has regularly appeared as conductor for the Company. His repertoire has included:  La bohème, Simon Boccanegra, Die Zauberflöte, Le nozze di Figaro, La Voix Humaine, Rusalka, Carmen and The Makropulos Secret.

 

In 2006, he conducted Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci for the Macau International Music Festival and, in 2008, made his American debut for Baltimore Opera conducting Madama Butterfly.  He also appeared in New Zealand with the Auckland Philharmonia.

 

Stephen Mould is Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Operatic Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.  Recent engagements have included The Mikado and Le nozze di Figaro for Opera Australia, Così fan tutte for Opera Queensland, Messiah for New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and The Puccini Gala and The Verdi Gala for State Opera of South Australia.

Stuart Maunder - Special Guest MC

 

For the last thirty years Stuart has been directing musical theatre and opera in Australia. He joined The Australian Opera as Stage Manager in 1978, becoming a Resident Director in 1981. In 1992 he joined The Royal Opera (UK) as a Staff Director whilst continuing to direct in Australia, regional UK, France and the USA. 

 

In 1999 Stuart was appointed Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia, becoming Executive Producer 2004 - 2008 . His OA productions include Tales of Hoffmann, Manon, Gypsy Princess, Don Pasquale, My Fair Lady andA Little Night Music. His Trial by Jury, HMS Pinafore andPirates of Penzance have been televised nationally on ABC TV.

 

Music Theatre productions include Australian tours ofDusty – The original Pop Diva and Shout!, Little Womenfor Kookaburra,  Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber(Australasia and Asia). Most recently he directed the 70th Birthday Concert for Andrew Lloyd Webber and the first concert versions of Phantom of the Opera in Seoul, Korea.

 

Recent Australian productions have included Cunning Little Vixen, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George and Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera) and Cunning Little Vixen, Tosca, Rigoletto, Pearl Fishers, La boheme(West Australian Opera).

 

From 2014 to 2018 Stuart was General Director of New Zealand Opera where he has directed Candide, Tosca, Sweeney Todd and The Mikado.

 

Stuart is Artistic Director of State Opera South Australia.