My 2013/14 season in pictures

My 2013/14 season in pictures

The 2013/14 season finishes officially at the end of this week, but I had my last performance on Tuesday, so I’m effectively on summer break now. I need it. It’s been a really big season (but a great one!). I was in five new productions (and rehearsed a sixth, which I’ll do first in the coming season): Cristiano in Un ballo in maschera (Verdi) – […]

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Hey Riccy, you’re so fine…

This is why I haven’t been blogging this month:  

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Free to be wrong

Zac Hicks wrote this about Worship Leader burnout, but I find it helpful for my day job (or should that be night job?) as a performer as well: The Gospel declares that, when we hear criticism, whether it is true or not, we’re free to receive it because all the approval we need has been met in how God the Father sees us through the […]

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The inspiration for song ministry

Ron Man has a really helpful article over at TGC Worship:  7 Characteristics of the Ministry of Song which I recommend to you.   Ron takes a look at Ephesisans 5:18-20 and pulls out 7 foundational principles for congregational sung worship, but his observation about the first point, that our singing is to be “spirit-filled” caught my eye: With all the debates about the filling […]

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Happy New Year

A slightly belated happy new year to you all. Here’s what I was doing on new year’s day, enjoy:

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Playtime (Figaro & Grimes)

It’s been a pretty crazy start to the 13/14 season, with two revivals of two of the great masterworks of the operatic canon in just two weeks! It’s always a great pleasure, and whole lot of fun, to sing the Count in Figaro, but especially so with my friend and colleague Steven Moore in the pit this time. We’ve actually done Figaro together before, in […]

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‘This is my nein’

On Thursday, during the general dress rehearsal of The Passenger, I met Sofia Posmysz for the first time. I was chatting with a friend and colleague in the corridor near the door to the stage during the interval, before my scenes, when she came through the door with the head dramaturg and her translator. The dramaturg introduced me as Tadeusz. I stumbled over words and […]

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Christ in Auschwitz

After the enthusiastic and successful Premiere of Ludger Vollmer’s refugee teen-opera Border on Wednesday, it was straight into staging rehearsals for my next piece, Mieczysław Weinberg’s Die Passagieren (The Passenger); from refugees to concentration camps! Weinberg was a Jewish-Polish composer who had fled to Russia in 1939. Although the opera was written in 1968, it was banned by the Soviet Union, and it didn’t receive it’s first staging […]

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Opera and Refugees

If last year is anything to go by, now that the Handel Festival is done, the rest of the season will fly by pretty quickly, although I’ve got lots to learn before it does! This evening we have the Konzeption meeting (where the director explains their idea for th piece and the designer shows their drawings and the set model) for Border. The piece is […]

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A wall of witnesses

A wall of witnesses

Papageno is one of those roles which is slightly infamous for the sheer amount of dialogue he has. In the process of learning and rehearsing, I wish I’d recieved the proverbial dollar (or rather, euro) for each time someone sympathised with my plight; being an ‘Auslaender’ (ironically, ‘aussie’) simply compounded that. In fact, my make-up artist knows the lines better than we did because for […]

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From boy to birdman – The Magic Flute

From boy to birdman – The Magic Flute

Tonight I’m making my debut with one of my most important roles to date: Papageno, the chattering bird-catcher in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). It’s not, however, my first ‘Flute’. This was the opera which actually got me into opera. Back when I was 13, before my voice changed, my singing teacher, Delith Brook, was directing a production of ‘Flute’ at USQ in Toowoomba, […]

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Some musings on imago dei via Wallenberg

Some musings on imago dei via Wallenberg

Tonight is the revival of our production of Wallenberg, an opera based on  Raoul Wallenberg who gave Swedish passports to Jews in Nazi-occupied Budapest during WWII, and who was subsequently imprisoned by the Soviets, never to be seen again. There is a particularly disturbing scene, in which a Nazi officer (represented as a pig; the production has a slight nod to Animal Farm I think) […]

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