Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto
Castiglione della Pescaia, Italy
Tuesday 26 June - Sunday 15 July, 2018
The GSA Bel Canto summer school in Castiglione, Tuscany, offers up to twelve young singers a fully-funded three week immersion in Italian opera singing, with a focus on language, style and technique in the 19th and early 20th century Italian repertoire.
Neil Semer Vocal Institute - Meissen, Germany
Sunday 15 July - Sunday 29 July, 2018
The 22nd annual Neil Semer Vocal Institute will taken place in beautiful and historic Meissen, Germany, just outside of Germany's baroque pearl, Dresden, in July, 2018. It is an intensive and fun filled program of many performance and in depth coaching and study.
Rosina - The Barber of Seville
Australian Regional Tour with Co-Opera
Friday 16 March, 2018 - Melbourne, VIC
March 18, 2018 - Lismore, VIC
March 20, 2018 - Melbourne, VIC
March 22, 2018 - South Pambula, NSW
March 24, 2018 - Morunda, NSW
April 6, 2018 - Connabarrabran, NSW
April 10, 2018 - Casino, NSW
April 12, 2018 - Larras Lee. NSW
April 14, 2018 - Deniliquin, NSW
April 21, 2018 - Willunga, SA
April 22, 2018 - Adelaide, SA
April 28, 2018 - Adelaide, SA
May 17, 2018 - Penola, SA
May 18, 2018 - Whyalla, SA
May 20, 2018 - Port Lincoln, SA
May 23, 2018 - Ceduna, SA
May 27, 2018 - Roxby, SA
Bravo Cruise of the Performing Arts
Tuesday 31 October - Tuesday 7 November, 2017
The performing arts festival of the high seas – BRAVO! – is back with another stellar line-up for 2017. Headlined by iconic international superstar Jose Carreras, the seven-nights and eight-day South Pacific cruise on the luxurious Radiance of the Seas liner brings together some of the best musicians from Australia and overseas. This is a rare opportunity for performing arts lovers to experience some of the best music in the world, while exploring some of the world’s most beautiful locations – Isle of Pines and Noumea in New Caledonia.
Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship
29 October, 2017
Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium
Mezzo-soprano Bronwyn Douglass has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, awarded by the Opera Foundation for young Australians. Her assured performance at a public recital on Sunday impressed, setting her apart from the other finalists.
“The ease with which Bronwyn presented her contrasting arias, her adhesion to the style of the repertoire combined with her advanced vocal technique and her charming stage presence convinced us that she deserved most to win.” Anke Höppner, 2017 Head Adjudicator and Member of the Foundation’s Music Advisory Council.
Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award
Saturday 16 September, 2017
Verbruggen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium
It was a big night for 28-year old Douglass, who was placed third in the competiton in 2016. As well as taking home a cash prize of $30,000 as the winner of this year’s Bel Canto Award, she won the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto Summer School prize, the Tait Memorial Trust Prize, which gives the recipient the chance to perform in a TMT concert in London, and the Audience Choice Award. She also won the Best Mozart and Handel Aria award for her performance of Deh, per questo istante solo from Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at the Preliminary Finals.
At the Finals, Douglass sang Per questa fiamma indomita from Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, and Werther!…Qui m’aurait dit… Ces lettres! from Massenet’s Werther, displaying a beautiful tone across her entire register, an expressive emotional connection to the airas, and a quietly radiant presence.
Announcing the winners Maestro Bonynge AC CBE had special praise for Douglass’s performance of the Werther aria.
Tudor Portraits - Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
City Recital Hall, Sydney
24 - 27 August, 2017
"Bronwyn Douglass – her rich, warm tone, clear at the top, subtle at the bottom, and backed by bags of personality – stood out."
"Douglass... with her pinpoint diction and a ripe sense of pathos. Drunken Alice swooped and swayed with a skilful deployment of chest voice, while poor bereaved Jane’s distress rang out crystal clear, every note and word true as iron. Hers is a voice well worth hearing more of."
Clive Paget - Limelight Magazine
Olga - Eugene Onegin - Co-Opera 2017
14 March, 2017 - Casterton, VIC
16 March, 2017 - Melbourne, VIC
17 March, 2017 - Melbourne, VIC
18 March, 2017 - Ballarat, VIC
19 March, 2017 - Elmore, VIC
22 March, 2017 - Merimbula, NSW
25 March, 2017 - Morundah, NSW
29 March, 2017 - Casino, NSW
1 April, 2017 - Walcha, NSW
2 April, 2017 - Gunnedah, NSW
4 May, 2017 - Adelaide, SA
5 May, 2017 - Adelaide, SA
6 May, 2017 - Adelaide, SA
7 May, 2017 - Adelaide, SA
18 May, 2017 - Penola, SA