Soloists

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The world's greatest Barber of Seville, José's beautiful voice makes audiences swoon to Granada and other favourites. He sings beloved tangos from his native Argentina and the brilliant Figaro! Figaro! Areas of speciality include Soloists. Australian baritone José Carbó was born in Argentina of Spanish and Italian descent, and moved with his family to Australia at an early age.

His European début was in Italy in 2005 at the Teatro dell’ Opera di Roma where he sang the title role in Le nozze di Figaro. That same year, he sang the title role in Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Teatro Real in Madrid; he was re-engaged by this theatre to sing Belcore in L’elisir d’amore in 2006; these performances led to an engagement as Dandini in La Cenerentola for the 2007 Mozart Festival in La Coruña – in Spain’s northern region of Galicia. He made his La Scala debut in 2009 in Il viaggio a Reims and his American debut in 2011 as Rossini’s Figaro in Seattle.

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Marina Prior is regarded as Australia's leading lady of musical theatre. She is best known for her lead role in The Phantom of the Opera which she played for over three years. She has also performed with international stars including Richard Harris and José Carreras. Areas of speciality include Soloists. Marina has played the lead role in productions including The Pirates of Penzance, Cats, Les Miserables, Die Fledermaus, Anything Goes, West Side Story, The Secret Garden, Showboat, The Merry Widow, The Witches of Eastwick, Noises Off, Harp on the Willow, Annie Get Your Gun, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Hypocrite, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Guys & Dolls, Mary Poppins and Promises Promises.
  • Advance Australia Award 1993MO Award 1991
  • MO Award 1995
  • The Phantom of the Opera (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • Samaritan's Purse
  • Mary Poppins (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • Les Misérables (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • West Side Story (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • The Merry Widow (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • Guys and Dolls (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • Annie Get Your Gun (Australian Musical Theatre)
  • Seven Network

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Simon Tedeschi is quite often described by respected critics and musical peers as one of the finest solo artists in the world making the young pianist's mark on music both undeniable and admirable. Renowned especially for championing non-standard repertoire, Tedeschi enjoys a full international performing career. Areas of speciality include Soloists. Tedeschi first performed a Mozart Piano Concerto at age 9 in the Sydney Opera House. He has studied piano in Australia with Neta Maughan for 10 years (between 1990 and 2000) as well as in London with Noretta Conci and Boston with Peter Serkin.
  • ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award
  • Sony Music Australia
  • Universal/ABC
  • Shine (Movie)

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Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia's best known operatic and classical recording artists. He has sung many roles for Opera Australia and both state and international opera companies, including his award-winning performances of Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee. Areas of speciality include Soloists. Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Lindoro (L’Italiana in Algeri), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), the title role in Candide, Danilo (The Merry Widow) and Aristaeus/ Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld).
  • The Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship 1998
  • Mo Awards 1994: Operatic Performer of the Year
  • ARIA Music Awards 1998: Best Music Video - Now Until the Break of Day
  • Musica Viva Australia
  • Opera Australia

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Miss Bird Sings is the ultimate chanteuse! From Dita Von Teese, the Moulin Rouge, Marilyn Monroe and the ultimate diva Shirley Bassey to the showgirls of today Kylie Minogue, Beyonce, Rihanna and more, Miss Bird's song stylings have all the glamour and decadence of the Hollywood and Gatsby eras served up with an exciting contemporary edge. Areas of speciality include Soloists. Dramatically suspended mid-air high above your guests or stylishly staged within the audience, Miss Bird Sings is one of Australia’s most experienced, engaging and sophisticated artists dressed to complement your event theme.

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Brilliant young Thai-American soprano Ariya Sawadivong is increasing demand for operatic and concert performances around the world. Areas of speciality include Soloists. A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Ariya graduated from the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia where she studied with Ruth Golden. She previously earned her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), where she studied voice with Dr. James Bumgardner. While at AVA, she performed many leading roles including the title roles in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Janacek’s Kat’a Kabanova, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Despina in Cosi fan tutte, Suzel in L’amico Fritz, Woglinde and Wellgunde in Das Rheingold and Gilda in Rigoletto.

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Star of OperatunityOz and Spicks & Specks, Antoinette Halloran is one of Australia's most accomplished and best-loved sopranos. She performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio. Areas of speciality include Soloists. A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and recipient of an Honours Degree in Music from the University of Melbourne, Antoinette has appeared in many productions ranging from opera to musical theatre and cabaret.

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A former Brisbane bricklayer is now Australia's 'Pavarotti'. Rosario La Spina sings leading roles at La Scala, the Sydney Opera House and throughout North America. His most famous numbers include Nessun Dorma, La donna e mobile and O Sole Mio! Areas of speciality include Soloists. Having gained first prize in the tenor competition held by L’Accademia di La Scala in 2000, Rosario embarked on the two-year Young Singers’ Course at La Scala, Milan, where he studied with Luciana Serra and Leyla Gencer. This culminated in his La Scala debut in Samson and Delilah, where he appeared with Placido Domingo and Olga Borodina. In 2002, Rosario won first prize in the Mario Del Monaco International Opera Competition and made his principal role debut at La Scala as Riccardo (Oberto) reprising the role in Genoa.

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The blonde bombshell of opera and music theatre, Taryn Fiebig toured nationally as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady – she also sings many leading roles for Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the State Theatre, Melbourne. Areas of speciality include Soloists. Taryn won the Helpmann Award (Best Female Operatic Artist in a Featured Role) for her portrayal as Lucy in Bliss (which she sang in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival).

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While his music has been described as mesmerising and magical, Patrick truly makes the violin sing. People the world over have compared Patrick to Andre Rieu and established him as Australia’s answer to Andre Rieu. Areas of speciality include Soloists. Patrick Roberts has been entertaining audiences for over 15 years. As a classically trained violinist he has transformed some of the much-loved classics into contemporary masterpieces. His shows capture and mesmerise audiences far and wide, bringing people to love his lyrical approach to popular music.