Summary of 2014
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The highly acclaimed Mr. John O'May has performed in a vast array of stage shows including more recently in The Phantom of the Opera where he played the role of Monsieur Firmin. John has performed both nationally around Australia as well as staring in numerous international productions. He has performed with various companies including Opera Australia, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival, The Really Useful Company in Hong Kong and the Action Theatre in Singapore. John is an extremely versatile artist and has performed in Opera, Musical Theatre and Cabaret. His history of credits are impressive with performances in both Film and Television.
David Rogers-Smith is a regular on the opera, musical theatre, concert, oratorio and cabaret stages. He has performed with all major orchestras in Australia (SSO, MSO, APO), recently appearing with the MSO duetting with Ben Folds.
Career credits include over 2,500 performances as Ubaldo Piangi for the International and Australasian tours of The Phantom of the Opera, Brujon/Jean Valjean cover for the International tour of Les Miserables, the Ziegfeld Tenor in Funny Girl, Mary Sunshine cover in Chicago, Forbidden Broadway 2000, Brian in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens, Buddy Plummer in Follies in Concert, Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little; General Kromov in The Merry Widow with Marina Prior; Zaza in La Cage aux Folles opposite John O’May.
Operatic credits include Degas in Gaugin – A Synthetic Life, Ein sklave in Salome (Kirov Opera), Michele in The Saint of Bleecker Street, The Impresario in Mozart’s The Impresario and for Canberra’s Street Theatre he originated the role of David in the premiere of From A Black Sky. With Melbourne Opera he has played Lt BF Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, the title roles in both Pagliacci and Faust, Danilo in The Merry Widow and Don Jose in Carmen.
With Victorian Opera: Jules/Greenberg in Sunday In The Park With George, in 2014 Into The Woods and originated the role of Alex in the new opera The Riders. This year David will play Pirrelli in Sweeney Todd. David’s debut CD A Little Bit In Love was released in 2012.
Theresa Borg graduated from both the University of
Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts. She then
went on to play Christine in The Phantom of the Opera
(Cameron Mackintosh), Cosette in Les Miserables (Cameron Mackintosh), Jellylorum/Griddlebone in Cats and Hope in Anything Goes! Since 2000, Theresa Borg has sung with Opera Australia, Oz Opera and Victorian Opera. Opera Australia highlights include Musetta in La Boheme, Peep Bo in The Mikado, Eliza cover for My Fair Lady and The Queen of the Night for Sing your Own Opera! events in Melbourne and Darwin. For Victorian Opera, Theresa sang Papaghena in the inaugural Gala Concert, Mrs Samsa (Metamorphoses), Philomele (cover) For the Love of the Nightingale, Saskia/Hendricke in the initial stages of Rembrandt's Wife, Zerbinetta in Ariadne Auf Naxos and Angelique in the eponymous opera, for which she was nominated for a Green Room award. Theresa was also delighted to create the role of Emily Dickinson 2 in Voicing Emily, a new opera devised by Helen Noonan (2007, 2012, 2013).
Other roles include playing psychologists in Blue Heelers and Neighbours, Household CEO to a family of five and Creative Director of Entertainment Store/Life Like Touring.
Lisa-Marie graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne in 1997.
Her various stage credits include CATS (Really Useful Company), JOHN AND JEN (Cast/Producer - nominated for 5 Green Room Awards including Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Production); MARY BRYANT (Magnormos); 1975 - A LOVE STORY (Brisbane Canto Coro), WE WILL ROCK YOU (Louise Withers & Assoc); 1975 - A POPULIST OPERA (Melbourne Workers Theatre); LES MISERABLES (Cameron Mackintosh) Her screen credits include DIRT GAME; CITY HOMOCIDE; NEIGHBOURS; BOYTOWN; SCOTTER SECRET AGENT; RVIB CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT; AFL GRAND FINAL; THE FOOTY SHOW; GOOD MORNING AUSTRALIA and ROCK IT! as Gamma the Computer as well as numerous corporate videos, short films, voice overs and television commercials.
Her recordings include MCCUBBIN - A MUSICAL BIOGRAPHY OF FREDERICK MCCUBBIN and WELCOME TO THE INSIDE OF ED'S HEAD by Eddie Perfect.
Lisa-Marie is also a freelance vocal and audition coach.
Tod Strike studied voice at The Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
He appeared in Opera Queensland’s productions of Turandot and Otello and played Goro in MADAME BUTTERFLY for the Queensland Music Festival.
Other productions include - The Merry Widow (Cascada), Kiss Me Kate (Gremio), A funny Thing Happened On The Way To Forum (Protean), Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, (Joseph) Grease (Sonny, U/S Kenickie), They're Playing Our Song, Footloose (Travis,U/S Williard) The Australasian production of Cats (Tugger,Gus, Old Deuteronomy) Jekyll and Hyde(Mike), Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), Hairspray (Corny Collins) for Harvest Rain Theatre Company. Understudied and played the roles of The Phantom and Raoul in Love Never Dies, lead vocalist at Universal Studios Japan and soloist for composers Scott Alan, John Bucchino and Georgia Stitt in their Australian
concerts. He appeared in the Australian Opera’s South Pacific (U/S Cable) and played the role of Zangara in Assassins for Watch
This’. Most recent TV credits include Dr. Blake Murder Mysteries (ABC). He toured for many years with The Ten Tenors. Major events included The Emmy’s, The Eurovision Song Competition, The Melbourne Cup, The Australian Rules Football Grand Final, The Myer Music Bowl Carols By Candlelight and many various radio and television shows nationally and internationally. He also staged and choreographed The Ten Tenors The Power Of Ten world touring show.
Kate Amos recently completed a BMus with at Melbourne University and a Diploma in Italian. Kate commences a at Melbourne University in
2014 and in conjunction with Victorian Opera will be one of their Developing Young Artists. Her performance credits include VO’s Noye's Fludde and Snowqueen, leading roles in Sweeney Todd, GSOV’s The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and Lyric Opera’s The Red Apple. Kate recently played ‘Christine’ in WTC’s The Phantom of the Opera, receiving two theatre award nominations, Guild Award and a Lyrebird for “Best Actress in a Musical."
Numerous awards include: AME 'Opera Scholar of the Year', E & L Jullyan Academic Excellence scholarship and Sleath Lowrey Scholarship. Kate undertook study at the Fondazione Spontini Pergolesi in Italy after winning a scholarship through the Italian Acclaim Awards.
Lucy Najm has performed in dramatic as well as musical
theatre for a number of years. She has a BA degree in Drama and Literature and is a classical and contemporary trained singer. Lucy has featured in productions at La Mama Theatre and toured Australia in Cafe Rebetika, including a sold out season at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre
Melbourne. She has enjoyed solo gigs around the
Mornington Peninsula and is a graduate of 16th Street
Lucy also works with youth to encourage self respect and is
concerned about the depiction of woman in Pop Culture.