Artists - 2018

These were the artists of the 2018 Opera in the Arboretum

The accomplished artists who performed at Opera in the Arboretum 2018
It will be our pleasure to announce another fantastic line up for 2019 once all formal contractual arrangements have been concluded with the artists and their respective agencies.

Greta Bradman

Soprano Greta Bradman
Greta Bradman is recitalist and concert and stage performer. She completed her Bachelor of Music (performance voice) at the Elder Conservatorium of Music.

In 2013-14 Greta was awarded the Australian International Opera Award, a Fellow at the Australian National Academy of Music and runner-up in the 2013 Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition (New York City). In 2014 Greta commenced a Master of Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice which she completed with distinction.

In 2015 Greta recorded My Hero her debut album with Decca Classics. My Hero has gone on to become the highest ever charting Australian classical album on the pop chart and debuted at number 1 on the classical chart.

This year Greta makes her debut in the role of Mimi - La Bohème for Opera Australia, debuts Lisa – La Sonnambula for Victorian Opera and a national tour - Broadway to La Scala with Teddy Tahu Rhodes, David Hobson and Lisa McCune.
(Biography and photo courtesy - Kathryn Morrison Management)


Deborah Humble

Mezzo-Soprano Deborah Humble
Deborah Humble is one of Australia’s most successful international artists. She began her musical education in Adelaide gaining a Bachelor of Music Performance and continued her studies in Melbourne completing a Master of Music and Diplomas of Arts and Education.

In 2004, Deborah was awarded the prestigious Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and, the following year, she became a Principal Mezzo with the State Opera of Hamburg. Her many roles for the company included Zenobia (Radamisto), Bradamante (Alcina), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Page (Salome), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Olga (Eugene Onegin) and Malik for the German premiere of Henze’s L’Upupa.
But it was for her Wagner roles in Hamburg’s Ring Cycle that she received international acclaim. Conducted by Simone Young and directed by Claus Guth, Deborah began with Erda in Das Rheingold in 2008 and went on to sing Schwertleite in Die Walküre, Erda in Siegfried and both 1st Norn and Waltraute in Götterdämmerung. She recorded these roles for the Oehms record label and, in early 2011, repeated the roles in two complete cycles. .

Since 2015, Deborah Humble has appeared in Strauss’ Elektra and Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Boucher in Hamburg, Das Rheingold and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Hong Kong, Siegfried in Boston, Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Singapore, Bruni’s Symphony No. 1 (Ringparabel) in Minsk, Parsifal and Verdi’s Requiem in the UK, Bluebeard’s Castle and Elgar’s The Kingdom in Melbourne, Mozart’s Requiem in Brisbane and Tristan und Isolde in Mexico City. In 2017, she makes major appearances in Lille, London, Melbourne and New Zealand.
(Biography and photo courtesy - Patrick Togher Artists’ Management)


Alex Sefton

Baritone Alex Sefton
Alex graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Classical Voice. For two years, he was a member of the Opera Australia Schools Company, performing hundreds of times in hundreds of schools to thousands of students around New South Wales in productions of The Magic Flute and The Barber of Seville. Other Roles to date include Marcello in La Boheme, Escamillo in Carmen, Germont in La Traviata and Olin Blitch in Susannah with Opera New England, as well as Petruccio in the Australian Premiere of Goetz's The Taming of the Shrew at WAAPA.

Opera Hunter presented a new production by Director Michael Blaxland, Music Director Susan Hart & Conductor Christopher Bearman in June 2016 at Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre. Figaro was performed by Alex Sefton.

Alex grew up in Newcastle and acted with many companies: 2 till 5 Theatre, Tantrum Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Company, Maitland Gilbert & Sullivan, and Hunter Youth Drama Ensemble. He studied voice with Annabella Redman.
(Biography and photo courtesy - Alex Sefton)



Virgilio Marino

Tenor - Virgilio Marino
Australian/Italian tenor Virgilio Marino was winner of the Tenor Award at the Sydney Performing Arts Challenge, a Dame Joan Sutherland Award, and was a finalist in both the prestigious McDonald’s Opera Competition and the Australian National Eisteddfod in Canberra. Virgilio studied voice at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Mannes College of Music in New York. He has worked with voice coaches including Renata Scotto, Regina Resnik, Ruth Falcon, Tony Manoli and Joe Colaneri and completed master classes with Richard Miller, Jon Vickers, Fedora Barbieri and Jay Lessinger.

Virgilio made his professional debut at Theater Regensburg in Germany, performing the roles of Il Duca di Mantua (Rigoletto) and the title role (Oberon), and covering Oronte (Alcina).

In 2006, Virgilio joined Opera Queensland where his roles have since included Pinkerton and Goro (Madama Butterfly), Almaviva (The Barber of Seville), Ramiro (Cinderella), Rodolfo (La bohème), Nemorino (L’elisir d’amore), Ferrando (Così fan tutte), the Duke and Borsa (Rigoletto), Jaquino (Fidelio), Roderigo (Otello), Malcolm (Macbeth), Spoletta (Tosca), Gastone (La traviata), Monostatos and First Armed Man (The Magic Flute), Pong (Turandot), Harry (La fanciulla del West), Njegus (The Merry Widow), Alfredo (Die Fledermaus) and Camille de Rosillon (The Merry Widow).

Other recent operatic performances have included Rinnuccio (Gianni Schicchi) for West Australian Opera’s Opera in the Park; Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) for State Opera of South Australia; Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte) and Narciso (Il turco in Italia) for Opera Australia.

Concert engagements have included Beethoven’s Symphony No 9 with Orchestra of the Music Makers in Singapore; Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Enescu’s Vox Maris and Verdi’s Requiem with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Mozart’s Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; and Howard Boucher (Dead Man Walking) in Sydney.
(Biography courtesy - ArtsManagement, Sydney and Photograph copyright - Richard Barakat Photography)

Evgeny Sorkin

Violinst Evgeny Sorkin
Russian born violinist Evgeny Sorkin has been in demand as performer from a very early age. At the age of 10 Isaac Stern has chosen Evgeny to perform a concert tour of the USA including performance at the Department of State in Washington. At 16 after hearing Evgeny perform, Sir Yehudi Menuhin likened his playing to that of young David Oistrakh.

Evgeny has attended the Moscow State Conservatorium receiving a cum laude distinction upon his graduation. After moving to Australia Evgeny studied with Associate Professor Alice Waten at the Australian National Academy of Music and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he was the first person ever to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Sydney.

Evgeny Sorkin was a member of The International Holland Music Sessions from 2006. He toured over 15 countries as a soloist. He has been awarded many prizes in international competitions including 1st prize at the 2002 6th Togliatti International Violin Competition, and 2nd Prize at the 2003 18th Caltanissetta International Chamber Music Competition, and top Prizes in Taneev International Competition and Gisborne International Music Competition.

From 2006 Evgeny began teaching violin at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne. In 2009, he became a staff member at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and balances his teaching with a busy recital schedule. He frequently performs as a soloist with orchestras and also as a chamber musician. Most notable is Evgeny’s performance of the complete Beethoven sonata cycle with the renowned Dutch-Australian pianist Gerard Willems.
(Biography and photo courtesy - Evgeny Sorkin)

Francis Greep

Pianist Francis Greep
Francis has gained an international reputation for his work as a vocal coach, recitalist, chorus master, continuo player and conductor. Now based in Australia, he has worked for Opera Australia as part of the Music Staff and as Assistant Chorus Master; and West Australian Opera and Houston Grand Opera, both as Head of Music. Francis has prepared singers and choruses in more than 60 operas and extensive experience of Art Song across all languages.

As a vocal coach, Francis is particularly known for his skill in preparing established and developing singers for professional role debuts through his extensive repertoire experience, and for providing singers with the tools to continue developing and refining their voices through a deep understanding of vocal production, language fluency, musical styles and performance psychology. His highly developed sense of empathy makes him both an ideal coach and recital partner, and he has performed across Europe, North and South America, New Zealand and Australia. Concurrently, Francis is Development & Communications Manager at the world-renowned Gondwana Choirs, the leader in choral performance for young musicians in Australia.

It was in his role as pianist that Francis accompanied performers at the 2016 and 2017 Opera in the Arboretum.
(Biography courtesy - Francis Greep)

Central Coast Chamber Orchestra

The Central Coast Chamber Orchestra
The Central Coast Chamber Orchestra is a part of the Central Coast Conservatorium which is a community based, non-tertiary institution, funded by the local community in the form of tuition fees and assisted by the State Government.

For many years, The Rotary Club of Woy Woy through its Opera in the Arboretum event has provided the opportunity for talented young musicians of the Central Coast Conservatorium's Chamber Orchestra to accompany some of Australia's finest opera singers.

The orchestra will consist of 20 plus very talented youngsters on a wide variety of instruments from violins and violas to flute, bassoon, French horn and clarinet.

Under the direction of Patrick Brennan, each year these young folk continue to impress with their maturity, professionalism and overwhelming confidence.