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The full details of the DAS RHEINGOLD symposium in Brisbane are now available and appear below.
Bookings open Monday, 12th March at qtix .
DAS RHEINGOLD Symposium
Queensland Conservatorium , Friday 24th August 2012
As previously announced on The Opera Insider on the 8th of February, The Wagner Society in Queensland, in association with the Queensland Conservatorium and Griffith University has organised a full day Symposium on Wagner’s DAS RHEINGOLD (http://operainsider.info/index.php/das-rheingold-symposium-for-brisbane-during-hamburg-performances/). Here is the latest update from the Wagner Society in Queensland – hot off the press !
To mark the eagerly-awaited Brisbane concert performances of Wagner’s DAS RHEINGOLD by the Hamburg State Opera and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra, an all-day Symposium will be held in the Conservatorium Theatre within Brisbane’s South Bank arts precinct. This Symposium, which is open to the general public, will be devoted to DAS RHEINGOLD, the preliminary evening to THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, Wagner’s vast musical/ dramatic work that is one of the greatest achievements of western art. Expert speakers will explore the socially enlightened ideas that shaped DAS RHEINGOLD; its unique place in the history of opera; its anticipation of cinematic techniques long before the invention of that art form, and Wagner’s exceptional demands on singers, orchestras and designers. Conductor Simone Young will take part in the Symposium, as will dramatic soprano Lisa Gasteen, celebrated for her performances as Brünnhilde, Isolde and other major Wagnerian roles around the world. By way of a musical interlude during the Symposium, there will be a performance of the rarely-heard SEVEN PIECES FOR GOETHE’S FAUST. Wagner was just eighteen when he composed this song cycle, the same age as many of the Conservatorium students who will perform it.
Tickets for the Symposium are available through Qtix from 12 March 2012. The Symposium is being organized by the Wagner Society in Queensland in association with the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
To book tickets for the Symposium see:
Link will be added when the details are added to the Qtix site
To book tickets for the Hamburg State Opera and Hamburg Philharmonia Orchestra concert of DAS RHEINGOLD see:
Brisbane seems to have found a new passionate interest in the arts and opera in particular.
It isn’t the bicentenary year of Wagner’s birth yet, but this isn’t stopping Brisbane from celebrating. In connection with the visits by Simone Young and the Hamburg State Opera, Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra and Hamburg Ballet to Brisbane in late August this year (see http://operainsider.info/index.php/simone-young-and-the-hamburg-opera-and-ballet-to-tour-to-brisbane-in-2012/ ), a full-day symposium will be held at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre on the South Bank on Friday 24th August 2012, devoted to Wagner’s DAS RHEINGOLD.
The Symposium is being organized by the Wagner Society in Queensland in association with the Queensland Conservatorium, and Griffith University.
The Hamburg State Opera will perform DAS RHEINGOLD in concert on the 23rd and 25th August 2012. Full details of the the symposium are yet to be announced, but I will update this article when they are released shortly.
Tickets will be available online through QTIX.
Currently starring to great critical acclaim in the title role of Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST for Queensland Opera, Zara Barrett is another blossoming Australian soprano in the big-voiced spinto and dramatic soprano repertoires.
Opera Queensland’s artistic administrator Brad Jarrett says Barrett has a powerful and strong voice which is well-suited for the demanding role of Minnie.
“Zara proved herself with her performance in AIDA, which is a huge role and she performed extremely well,” Jarrett says. “Like AIDA this role is for a big voice. She has a lot of focus in her voice which will need to be heard over the top of a huge orchestration”.
Barrett was initially contracted as understudy for the role of Minnie but the original Italian soprano had trouble with the scheduling. Jarrett says that Barrett had impressed Opera Queensland with her work as understudy in the roles of Abigaille in Nabucco and the title role in Puccini’s Turandot.
Zara started her career by winning the Opera Foundation Covent Garden Award which led her to complete her Diploma of Muisc at the Qneensland Conservatorium. She went on to graduate from the Post Graduate Course of the NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO in London in 1996, from the Young Artists’ Program of GLIMMERGLASS OPERA, at the OBERLIN CONSERVATORY in Ohio in 2001 and was a member of the Young Artists’ Program at the PITTSBURGH OPERA CENTRE from 2001 to 2003. She has studied voice with Richard Miller, Anthea Moller, Kathleen Kelly, Lauran Gilley, Bonnie Koestner, David Harper, Narelle French and Norman Marschke. She was a regional finalist in the METROPOLITAN OPERA AWARDS in 1993, 2000 and 2001 and winner of the OPERA FOUNDATION SHELL COVENT GARDEN AWARD in 1995.
She made her operatic debut in 1995, singing the role of Lady Dunnmow in Lennox Berkley’s A DINNER ENGAGEMENT for STOPERA.
In 1998 she was cast as Mimi in NEW ZEALAND OPERA’s Wellington season of LA BOHEME.
During 1999 and 2000, for the OBERLIN CONSERVATORY in Ohio, she appeared as Masha in Richard Wargo’s THE MUSIC SHOP and as Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI.
For GLIMMERGLASS OPERA she appeared, and understudied, Veronica in JP Sousa’s THE GLASS BLOWERS and as Mimi in LA BOHEME both during 2000 and the role of the Female Chorus in Britten’s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA in 2001.
Between 2001 and 2003, her performances and understudying engagements for the PITTSBURGH OPERA CENTRE included a return to the role of Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, Micaela in CARMEN, the First Nursemaid and Anna Maurant in STREET SCENE, the leading soprano role of Amelia in Verdi’s UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Vitellia in Mozart’s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, the Fourth Maidservant in Richard Strauss’ ELEKTRA, the role of Lucy in THE THREEPENNY OPERA and Musetta in LA BOHEME.
On returning to Australia, she was engaged by OPERA AUSTRALIA to sing the role of The Witch in its NSW Schools Company production of HANSEL & GRETEL during 2006.
Most recently, during 2007 and 2008, she has been engaged by both the STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA and OPERA QUEENSLAND to understudy its principal dramatic soprano roles including Abigaille in Verdi’s NABUCCO and the title role in Puccini’s TURANDOT.
Zara Barrett is also widely experience as a concert and oratorio singer. She appeared in opera concerts for the NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO in Leeds and in Wales during 1996 and was soprano soloist for the ST MARY’S CATHEDRAL CHOIR in Sydney, in performances of the Verdi REQUIEM, Haydn’s TEMPORE BELLI and Mozart’s EXULTATE JUBILATE during 1997. In 1998 and 1999 she was engaged by the CANBERRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC as soprano soloist for Britten’s SPRING SYMPHONY and for performances of Richard Strauss’ FOUR LAST SONGS. She appeared as soloist in Verdi’s REQUIEM, in Szymanovsky’s STABAT MATER OPUS 53 and in the Poulenc GLORIA, all for OBERLIN CONSERVATORY during 2001.
She joined the cast of the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE production of JERRY SPRINGER-THE OPERA during 2009.
During 2010 she appeared as Aida for OPERA QUEENSLAND and, for the same company, in 2011, appears in the lead soprano role of Minnie, in Puccini’s LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST.
She also sings the lead role in concert performances of TURANDOT for MONASH UNIVERSITY in Melbourne.
Zara will travel to Germany later this year to further her career.
Well doen Zara and best wishes for the future.