Pacific Opera's Young Artists have worked with the very best in the industry. You can read about some of them below.

Cheryl Barker AO

Soprano Cheryl Barker's most recent international successes include Emilia Marty for both the Netherlands Opera and Opera du Rhin, and Madama Butterfly for the Paris Opera. For Opera Australia she has sung Salome, Manon Lescaut, Arabella, Marschallin, Countess (Capriccio) and Marietta (Die tote Stadt). Recent appearances include Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini for Opera Holland Park, Tosca for Opera Australia, Desdemona for Opera Queensland, Madama Butterfly for Welsh National Opera, and Adriana Lecouvreur for Opera Holland Park. Forthcoming engagements include Miss Jessel (Turn of the Screw) for Opéra du Rhin. She was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's birthday honours.


Peter Coleman-Wright AO

A renowned opera singer, Peter Coleman-Wright is widely considered one of the most versatile singers on the circuit today. He is equally at home on the opera, concert and recital platforms, where he has been performing all over the world for many years, and holds an Honourary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. He was awarded the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's birthday honours. Please visit Peter Coleman-Wright for more information.


José Carbó

Australian baritone José Carbó was born in Argentina of Spanish and Italian descent, and moved with his family to Australia at an early age. He has studied under the tutelage of Thais Taras, Arax Mansourian and Margaret Baker Genovesi in Rome. He was the winner of the prestigious Australian Singing Competition Opera Award in 2005. In 2017, he sings Germont (La traviata), Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana) and Tonio (Pagliacci) for Opera Australia.


  Nicole Dorigo

Nicole Dorigo is one of the resident language coaches at Opera Australia, and specialises in the Italian and French languages. Nicole has previously coached language at Pinchgut Opera and was Lecturer, Language Coordinator and Language Coach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

  Christine Douglas

Christine Douglas led a distinguished singing career with Opera Australia, the State Opera companies, orchestras and festivals Australia-wide, and spent a period of time overseas as a Churchill Fellow. Christine began directing opera and mentoring young artists in the late 1990s, and founded Pacific Opera, where she was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2011. Please visit Christine Douglas Opera Training for more information.

  Gale Edwards

Gale Edwards is one of Australia’s leading and most acclaimed international theatre directors.  Her career spans thirty years and she is a regular director at Opera Australia. She has worked all over the world, been Associate Director of two Australian State Theatre Companies, (South Australia and Melbourne) worked on international musicals for Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh and held the position of Acting Lecturer at NIDA in Sydney. She is the first, and only, Australian to direct on the main-stage at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon, UK, and the first Australian director to open a musical on both The West End and Broadway.

  Lauris Elms AM OBE

Lauris Elms made her Royal Opera, Covent Garden debut in 1957 as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and was principal contralto at Covent Garden from 1957 to 1959. She appeared there in ElektraLes Troyens, The Tales of Hoffmann and Dialogues of the Carmelites. She also appeared as Mrs Sedley in Britten's Peter Grimes, conducted by the composer. She presented Lieder recitals with Musica Viva Australia and the ABC throughout Australia between 1960 and 1970. In 1965 she sang with the Sutherland-Williamson Opera Company and then with the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust and the Australian Opera from 1966 to 1987. She was much praised for her Azucena (Verdi’s Il Trovatore) opposite Donald Smith and Kenneth Collins. Between 1958 and 1973 she sang in five Royal Command performances. Lauris retired in 1994.


Amelia Farrugia

Amelia Farrugia is regarded as one of the brightest stars of opera in Australia. Amelia Farrugia was a winner of the 1995 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in New York and has won many major singing competitions in Australia. Amelia Farrugia is in high demand as a concert artist, having appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (under Edo de Waart), all of the ABC Symphony Orchestras, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, and Australian Philharmonic Orchestra. Please visit Amelia Farrugia for more information.

  Renée Goossens   

Renée Goossens, born in 1940, is the youngest daughter of the composer and conductor Sir Eugene Goossens. For many years, she was the French language coach at the Australian Opera (now known as Opera Australia), and coached Dame Joan Sutherland, amongst other opera royalty.


Chuck Hudson

Chuck Hudson is an internationally renowned Opera Director based in New York and has been working with Pacific Opera since 2013. Known for creating fresh characterisation in visually compelling productions, Chuck Hudson has established himself as one of the most inventive and musically sensitive stage directors of Opera, Theatre, and Musicals. His specific dramatic approach is intensely physical due to years of work in Europe with Marcel Marceau, Maximilien Decroux, and various other Movement Theatre Companies.


Fiona Janes

Fiona Janes has had a distinguished career performing extensively in both Australia and Europe since winning numerous important singing competitions, scholarships and awards; most notably, the 1983 Joan Sutherland Scholarship, the 1986 Australian Singing Competition, the inaugural 1991 Remy Martin Scholarship, the 1995 Vienna State Opera Award & Bull Fellowship. She joined Opera Australia as a Principal Artist in 1988 and since then has performed all the major mezzo repertoire.

  Sharolyn Kimmorley AM


After studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sharolyn Kimmorley is a world-class pianist and has held various positions at The Australian Opera. Regarded as one of Australia’s finest, she has appeared in recital with Dame Joan Sutherland, Sir Thomas Allen, Bryn Terfel, Barbara Bonney, Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Jonathan Lemalu. In 2009, Sharolyn became a member of the Order of Australia.







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