APRIL 2018 ASSOCIATE ARTIST
DAINE ELLICOTT | tenor
Daine is a 23 year old tenor currently living in Sydney. He has recently completed his Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and is continuing his vocal study under Glenn Winslade.
In 2016, Daine had his operatic solo debut as Mercury in Rockdale Opera Company’s production of Orphee Aux Enfers. Recent staged roles include Dr Blind and Alfred (cover) in Operantics English/German adaptation of Die Fledermaus; and Luis in Rockdale Opera Company’s Gondoliers.
Daine performs in numerous concert and recital engagements around Sydney. Most recently, these include participating as a soloist in Rockdale Opera’s Opera Gala Fundraiser Concert with Jose Carbo and Emma Matthews; and in Pacific Opera’s Staged Scenes at the Opera Centre.
This will be his first year as an Associate Artist with Pacific Opera.
1. What have you been up to lately, performance-wise, and what's coming up?
Easter always turns into a particularly hectic time of year. Am currently writing this while performing in Rockdale Opera Company’s Rendezvous at Orlofsky’s Cabaret, then pivoting to Bach at Sydney Con on Monday. After that it’s the Gold Dinner, followed by Pacific Opera’s Mother’s Day Concert. Keeping busy!
2. Who is your favourite singer, and why?
Depends! For learning how to sing anything, it has to be Gigli. Such an effortless way to produce sound. Right now though, I’m currently trawling the internet for every recording of Bryan Hymel available. Ridiculously good singing. Need to find a way to catch him live!
3. What show has impacted you the most as an audience member?
I managed to fluke A Reserve tickets through student rush and see Sondra Radvanovsky in Un Ballo in Maschera. Her character alone was mesmerising, not to mention the voice! Completely redefined my idea of what was possible of someone with that level of ability. The best 18 euro I’ve ever spent.
4. What experiences do you think have shaped you the most as a performer?
I come from a very sporty family, so really fell into this by chance. It was only during my time with Newcastle company Pantseat Productions where I began to make a real switch. In my short time with those guys I learnt tonnes about theatre, put on 4 shows, and made the decision that I wanted this for a career. Massive props to these guys for a wonderful initiation, and to Mum and Dad for the countless rehearsals.
Tough one! Too many operas to narrow this one down, however I’ve recently discovered Billy Budd by Britten, and have this on repeat. Just can’t get enough of the haunting story. But the aria would have to be Wotan’s Farewell from Die Walkure. I took a class at the Con in 2015 where we studied this, and this hasn’t changed since. Just can’t believe it’s a baritone aria!
April 2018 - Daine Ellicott
March 2018 - Sarah Prestwidge
February 2018 - Elora Ledger
August 2017 - Joshua Oxley
July 2017 - Katherine Allen