NOVEMBER 2017 YOUNG ARTIST
BREE MEARA-HENDY | mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Bree Meara-Hendy is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she studied opera performance.
Across 2016, Bree trained as a Young Artist with Pacific Opera Company, Sydney. Prior to this, Bree spent part of 2015 in the UK and Italy to undertake training in singing, movement, and Italian language. Bree has performed a number of operatic roles including La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Fox (The Cunning Little Vixen), and Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress).
Bree recently performed for the first time with the Opera Australia Chorus in November 2016, in an acclaimed production of The Eighth Wonder (Alan John) and in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s 2017 production of Carmen.
1. What have you been up to lately, performance-wise, and what's coming up?
My most recent performance was last week in the Pacific Opera scenes concert. I performed the role of Octavian in the beautiful finale (trio and duet) of Der Rosenkavalier, and Sesto in the Act I finale of La clemenza di Tito. Looking ahead, I’m excited to be performing next year in “La Boheme on the Harbour” with Opera Australia.
2. Who is your favourite singer, and why?
I adore Kate Lindsey, a stunning mezzo from the US. I first discovered her in 2015 when I saw Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Opera. Kate performed the most boorish Cherubino I’ve ever seen - it was fantastic! Her other pants role performances are just as exciting, as is her Dorabella… possibly the most masculine Dorabella in existence, which I love! Her fearlessness onstage is very inspiring.
3. What show has impacted you the most as an audience member?
I still can’t get over Alice Coote’s recital at the 2015 BBC Proms, where she performed nothing but Handel arias for 90 minutes. She’s a very intelligent artist and she sings incredibly beautifully. I was captivated by her acting and voice from start to finish.
4. What experiences do you think have shaped you the most as a performer?
There have been many experiences… For one, training as a young artist with Pacific Opera has been invaluable. I’ve been given endless learning opportunities and have met many wonderful people, all through the program. Also in the past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to the UK and Italy on two occasions, for language study, singing lessons, coaching and movement training. In August this year, I also attended a short course at the National Opera Studio, London, where I worked with the fearless Della Jones. She is a formidable coach and I adore working with her! Learning from top coaches in the UK is very exciting and I always return to Australia with new enthusiasm for this crazy career.
I don’t think I will ever tire of Mozart. I know some people find his music to be overrated, but I adore it. The purity and truthfulness of his music projects straight to the heart, and that’s what I love about listening to it and singing it.
October 2017 - Livia Brash
September 2017 - Daniela Leska
August 2017 - Emily Turner
July 2017 - Barbara Jin
June 2017 - Caleb Son
May 2017 - Laura Scandizzo
April 2017 - Ryan O'Donnell
March 2017 - Claire Chehade-James
February 2017 - Christopher Curcuruto
August 2016 - Elizabeth Smalley
July 2016 - Charlotte Merz
June 2016 - Sarah Ampil
May 2016 - Nicholas Tolputt
April 2016 - Rebecca Moret
March 2016 - Bree Meara-Hendy
December 2015 - Sarah Wang