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27/07 - 05/08/2018

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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2018 Festival Artists


Siobhan Stagg


Proudly supported by Margot Breidahl

Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg is establishing a reputation in Europe and Australia as a gifted young artist of enormous potential. Christa Ludwig has described Siobhan’s voice as “one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard.”

Since joining the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a young artist in 2013/14, Siobhan has made a string of important debuts, with engagements at the Salzburg Festival, Hamburg State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Paris Philharmonie, Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), Sydney Opera House, BBC Proms and London’s Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

As word of Siobhan’s talent spread across Europe, her big break came in January 2015 when she was chosen to step-in for Brahms’ Requiem with Christian Thielemann and the Berlin Philharmonic, for three sold-out concerts and a live worldwide broadcast. Siobhan was praised for her heavenly vocal qualities, ‘reminiscent of the incomparable Gundula Janowitz.’ You can read the reviews here, or watch a sample of Siobhan’s acclaimed performance on youtube.

Siobhan is increasingly in demand as an opera and concert artist, working with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann, Simone Young, Donald Runnicles, Nathalie Stutzmann, Christophe Rousset, Jeremie Rhorer, Christian Curnyn, Stephen Layton and Kent Nagano. See Siobhan’s schedule for a list of upcoming performances.

Upon completing her formal studies in June 2013, Siobhan was immediately taken into the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project where she performed the roles of Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte für Kinder.

She also sang the role of Saint Catherine in a critically-acclaimed concert performance of Braunfel’s Jeanne D’Arc with the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Manfred Honeck.

Following her time in Salzburg, Siobhan joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a young artist where she made her debut singing the Woodbird (Siegfried) and Woglinde (Das Rheingold) in the Ring Cycle conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. After early success with roles including Pamina in Die Zauberflöte and Sophie in Werther, Siobhan was invited to stay on at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; the theatre which has now become her ‘artistic home’ and base between guest engagements. Over the next two seasons in Berlin, Siobhan sang Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail Gilda in Rigoletto, Marguerite de Valois in Les Huguenots, as well as reprising her signature role as Pamina. Future roles at this house include Musetta La Boheme, Zerlina Don Giovanni and Folleville in a new production of Rossini’s Viaggio a Reims.

During her first season as young artist in Berlin, Siobhan also made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Cordelia in Aribert Reimann’s Lear, conducted by Simone Young and now released on DVD. The same year, Siobhan sang Woglinde in REIN GOLD at the Staatsoper Berlin and performed with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Alfred Eschwe. The following season (2014/15) Siobhan was re-invited to the Hamburg State Opera to sing Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with conductor Kristiina Poska.

She performed the role of Dede in Bernstein’s A Quiet Place with Kent Nagano and Ensemble Modern, and created the role of Marzelline for a new production of Fidelio in Geneva. In an extraordinary turn of events, Siobhan was flown to London to play the title role in Keith Warner’s production of Orpheus (Luigi Rossi) for the Royal Opera House, which was held in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe (London) in October 2015. Read the rave reviews here.

After this welcome reception to London audiences, Siobhan made her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016, and returned to the Royal Opera House as Pamina Die Zauberflöte with a live cinema broadcast in September 2017. Other highlights included touring Australia as guest artist with Roberto Alagna (Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre and Brisbane Convention Centre), and a full season guesting in Amsterdam (Dutch National Opera), Munich (Gärtnerplatz Theatre), Vienna (Haydn Festival) Paris (Paris Philharmonie) and on-tour through France with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques. She appears on the new recording of La Rondine with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Ivan Repusic. Future engagements include her debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, her first Melisande with Victorian Opera in Melbourne, and a major house and role debut in the United States.

Siobhan enjoyed success in several major singing competitions, namely the 2014 Belvedere Singing Competition where she won the Prize of the International Media-Jury, and the 2014 International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, where she was also awarded the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of a Strauss song. A sample of Siobhan’s prize-winning performance is now available on youtube.

Siobhan also won many prizes and awards while still a student, including First Prize in the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award in Wales (2013), First Prize and the Audience Choice Award in the Mietta Song Competition in Melbourne (2012), the Italian Opera Foundation Award in Sydney (2012), and the Australian International Opera Award (2012). In 2011 she won the jury’s First Prize and the Audience Choice Award at the Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Graz, Austria, as well as MWMC ‘Singer of the Year’ competition in Melbourne.

Hymne a l'amour album coverSiobhan’s star continues to rise in her native Australia. She was nominated for Best Australian Artist in the 2015 Limelight Awards – VOTE NOW. While still a student in 2013, her debut Lieder-album ‘Hymne à l’amour’ was nominated for Best Classical Album in the Australian Independent Music Awards. Siobhan is in demand with all the state symphony orchestras and performed regularly as part of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s ‘Local Heroes’ concert series.
Siobhan graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) (2009) and Master of Music Performance (2012) before earning her Master of Advanced Vocal Technique from the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff (June 2013). She also studied privately in New York, Austria and Italy. Her studies were generously supported by scholarships including the Australian International Opera Award (2012), Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholarship from the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust (2009-2012), Italian Opera Foundation Award (2012), Tait Memorial Foundation Prize (2012), Opera Foundation Australia’s AIMS Award and AIMS Sundell Study Prize (2011), Acclaim/Rotary Sleath Lowrey Vocal Scholarship and B’nai Brith Harold Fisher Prize (2011) and several other scholarships from the Faculty of Music and Trinity College at the University of Melbourne (2007-2012).

Siobhan is a versatile recording artist and features on La Compania‘s critically-acclaimed new release, ‘Ay Portugal’. She sang two tracks on the 2011 ARIA-nominated debut album of baroque trio, Latitude 37, and recorded the lead vocal in a contemporary soundscape by Felix Riebl (frontman of The Cat Empire) for broadcast during Sydney’s 2012 Australia Day fireworks celebration on Darling Harbour. Prior to pursuing her solo career, Siobhan was a choral scholar with the Choir of Trinity College, touring with them to Germany, Hong Kong and the UK (2010), USA and New Zealand (2008), Malaysia and Singapore (2007). She is soloist on several of the choir’s albums released through ABC Classics. She also sang with the Consort of Melbourne. Siobhan was a founding member of the Melbourne Art Song Collective (MASC), the Consort of Melbourne and youth opera initiative Opera Down Under. Whilst a student, Siobhan completed a Certificate III in Media (Broadcasting) and has worked as a producer at 3MBS radio station in Melbourne.

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