Associate Performers

Pacific Opera is pleased to announce the inclusion of Associate Performer positions in our 2017 Young Artist Program.

These Associate Performers will grow and develop as artists alongside the Young Artists of Pacific Opera and perform with the Company.


Katherine Allen, soprano

Sydney-based soprano, Katherine Allen, is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Rowena Cowley. Early this year, Katherine performed in the Ensemble for Opera New England’s production of Susannah. In July 2016, Katherine won the Sydney Eisteddfod Vocal Scholarship and Operatic Aria 17-20 Years. This followed similar results in 2015, which included First Place in the 17-20 Years Operatic Aria and Art Song. In February 2016, Katherine was invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House in the HSC Music Showcase, Encore. Prior to commencing her final school year, Katherine successfully auditioned to be one of Opera Australia’s Inaugural Regional Student Scholarship recipients. In May that year, Katherine was invited to perform as a guest artist at Opera Australia’s Autumnal Gala Ball in Melbourne. Katherine was a featured soloist in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 NSW Schools Spectaculars, performing at the formerly named Entertainment Centre.

Michael Handy, tenor

Michael  has  been  performing  since  childhood, and has been involved in roles as diverse as Colin in The Secret Garden, Fairfax in Yeomen of the Guard, and Utterson in Jekyll and Hyde. Additionally, he has performed in Oratorio, and the arias of the Baroque Period in a concert series with Imogen Coward. Michael won 1st place in Oratorio and 2nd  in Operetta in the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod. He studies under Robert Bickerstaff and looks forward to a second exciting year with Pacific Opera, following a year as a Young Artist in 2016.

Angela Hogan, mezzo-soprano

A professional and versatile performer, Angela has performed for Opera Australia’s Touring Outreach Schools program for the last 3 years in their productions of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Rossini’s La Cenerentola throughout Victoria and New South Wales and is currently performing in Opera Australia’s Sydney Summer and Melbourne Autumn seasons as a member of the Opera Australia Chorus. Angela’s stage experience includes two national tours of China in the title role of Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen and Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, along with a number of operatic roles in fully staged operas.  These include Flora in Verdi’s La Traviata, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Iphigenie in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen, Musetta in Puccini’s La Boheme, Valencienne in Lehar’s The Merry Widow, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Elisa in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore, Farnace in Mozart’s Mitridate, Hermia in Britten’s A Mid Summer Night’s Dream, Suor Genovieffa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Fenena in Verdi’s Nabucco.

Joshua Oxley, tenor

Joshua Oxley is an exciting young tenor based in Sydney. Having completed a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium, Joshua has performed several times with the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as a tenor soloist and small ensemble member. He has joined St Andrew’s Cathedral frequently to sing in Handel’s Messiah and various Bach cantatas and enjoys much of the Oratorio repertoire he has had the opportunity to perform. His Operatic roles include Alfredo, Jenik, Mozart, Frederic, Sam Polk, and Remendado. Among other success in 2016 competitions, Joshua won the BBM Music prize which has funded a study trip to the United Kingdom. Joshua was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera in 2016.

Alex Sefton, baritone

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. 


Gerard Nicholls, repetiteur

Gerard began piano lessons at a young age and has always wanted to pursue a career in music. He developed an interest in composition and orchestration whilst completing a Diploma of Music at Central Coast Conservatorium, and received the Tertiary Music Scholarship to study a Bachelor of Music at Newcastle Conservatorium, majoring in Piano and Composition, where he is now in his third and final year. Since 2013, Gerard has been the pianist for Symphony Central Coast and regularly accompanies choirs and musicians from Sydney, Central Coast and the Hunter region.

Central Coast Opera’s 2016 production of The Magic Flute was Gerard’s first experience working as a repetiteur, and he is thrilled to be Associate Artist Repetiteur for Pacific Opera in 2017. Gerard’s other highlights of 2016 include winning the Open Piano Championship at Taree Eisteddfod, and performing at the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York with other University of Newcastle students.


Ian Warwick, design and direction intern

Ian completed his Bachelor of Music (Classical Performance) at the Australian Institute of Music in 2012. He studied under the guidance of renowned international soprano, Arax Mansourian. In 2013, Ian completed his Graduate Diploma of Music, and was acting choral director of AIM’s production of Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen. In 2014, Ian completed his Masters of Music. He also has been involved with many St Andrews Cathedral and Art Gallery of NSW concerts. 

Ian's performance credits include Pappageno in The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (2011), Malvolio in William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (2011), Mendel in Artes Christi’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, Belcore in Gaetano Donizetti’s L'elisir d’Amore, Fred Graham/Petrrucchio in Cole Porter’s Kiss me Kate (2016), King Ui in a new Tahitian language opera Ui n? Fa’aoe by Geoffroy Colsen and Father Salvi in a new musical by Allan McFadden based on José Rizal’s famous Phillipino novel Noli mi Tangere. Ian has also been involved with the 2015 summer program Opera Winter, which was organised by Simon Kenway and Wendy Dixon.

Ian is one of Operantics' founding members, having performed the role of Don Alfonso in Operantics’ production of Cosi fan tutte (2015). Ian has also performed the role of Ben in Gian Carl Menotti's The Telephone (2016), and Sir Thomas Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park for Operantics. Ian made his directorial debut with Operantics' new production of Vincenzo Bellini’s La Sonnambula (2016). Ian is currently directing, designing and writing and English adaptation of the original German libretto to Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus for Operantics (April 2017).


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