Judith Durham, OAM (born Judith Mavis Cock, on 3 July 1943) is an Australian jazz singer and musician who became the lead vocalist for the Australian popular folk music group The Seekers in 1963. She left the group in mid-1968 to pursue her solo career. In 1993 Durham began to make sporadic recordings and performances with The Seekers, continuing into the 2000s.
Marjorie Florence Lawrence CBE (17 February 1907 – 13 January 1979) was an Australian soprano, particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She was the first soprano to perform the immolation scene in Götterdämmerung by riding her horse into the flames as Wagner had intended. Afflicted by polio from 1941, her autobiography was filmed in 1955 as Interrupted Melody. Lawrence later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Dame Nellie Melba GBE (19 May 1861 – 23 February 1931), born Helen Porter Mitchell, was an Australian opera soprano. She became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the early 20th century due to the purity of her lyrical voice and the brilliance of her technique. Melba was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician. She and May Whitty were the first stage performers to be granted damehoods of the Order of the British Empire.
Dame Joan Alston Sutherland, OM, AC, DBE (born 7 November 1926) is an Australian dramatic coloratura soprano noted for her contribution in the renaissance of the bel canto repertoire from the late 1950s through to the 1980s. One of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century, she was dubbed La Stupenda by a La Fenice audience in 1960 after an Alcina performance.
Una Hale 18 November 1922 – 4 March, 2005) was an Australian operatic soprano, mainly known in Australia and the UK. Born in Adelaide, Hale came to Britain in 1946 to study at the Royal College of Music. She appeared with the Carl Rosa Opera Company from 1949 to 1954, playing many leading roles, such as Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata Micaela Carmen and Marguerite in Gounod's Faust.
Judith Henley is an Australian opera singer. She sang in the State Opera of South Australia performance of "H.M.S. Pinafore" (as Josephine). Also appearing in the same opera production were Thomas Edmonds and Dennis Olsen. She has also appeared on stage in the opera "The Gypsy Baron".
Yvonne Kenny (born 25 November 1950) is an Australian soprano, particularly associated with Handel and Mozart roles. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, she first studied at the University of Sydney in science, hoping to become a biochemist, but decided to pursue a career in music instead. She studied first with Myra Lambert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and later won a schorlarship to study at the opera school at La Scala in Milan.
Marie Collier (16 April 1927 – 8 December 1971) was an Australian operatic soprano. Marie Collier was born in Ballarat, Victoria. She first came to prominence in 1952 singing the role of Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana for the National Theatre Opera company in Melbourne. However she became a household name in Australia in 1953-4 performing Magda Sorel in The Consul, for a total of seventy-five performances in Melbourne, Sydney and regional areas.
Lisa Gasteen, is an internationally-acclaimed Australian operatic soprano, renowned for her performances of the works of Wagner. She won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1991. Lisa Gasteen studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where she was a pupil of Margaret Nickson. In 1982 she won the Australian Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and in 1984 she was awarded the Covent Garden Scholarship.
Rosina Martha Hozanah Palmer (August 27, 1844 – June 16, 1932) was an Australian opera singer. Palmer was the daughter of Jerome Carandini, Marquis of Sarzano and Marie Carandini and was born in Hobart, Tasmania. As a child she accompanied her mother on a concert tour in the east, and at an early age developed a soprano voice of excellent range and quality. She toured widely in Australia and New Zealand and married Edward Palmer, a bank official, and settled at Melbourne.
Amy Sherwin (23 March 1855 – 20 September 1935), the 'Tasmanian Nightingale', was an Australian soprano singer. Frances Amy Lillian Sherwin was born at Forest Home, Huonville, Tasmania, in 1855 and was taught singing by her mother. On 1 May 1878 she appeared with an Italian opera company at Hobart, Tasmania as Norina in Don Pasquale and made an immediate success.
Nellie Stewart (20 November 1858 – 20 June 1931) was an Australian actress and singer, known as "Our Nell" and "Sweet Nell". Born into a theatrical family, Stewart began acting as a child. As a young woman, she built a career playing in operetta and Gilbert and Sullivan operas. In the mid-1880s, she began a long relationship with the theatrical manager, George Musgrove. In the 1890s, Stewart had fewer successful roles.
Emma Howson (28 March 1844 – 28 May 1928) was an Australian opera singer and actress primarily known as the creator of the principal soprano role of Josephine in the Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore.
Florence Austral (26 April 1892 – 15 May 1968) was an Australian operatic soprano renowned for her interpretation of Wagnerian roles, although she never appeared at Bayreuth. She was born Florence Mary Wilson, but adopted the professional surname Austral in 1921 in honour of her homeland Australia. She was considered to have few equals in sheer vocal quality until the arrival of Kirsten Flagstad.
Mirusia Louwerse (born c. 1985) is an Australian soprano. She was born in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated in December 2006 from the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Performance in Classical Voice. In 2006, Mirusia became the youngest ever winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Opera Award and went on to record a debut album entitled 'She Walks in Beauty.
Sara Macliver is an Australian soprano singer, born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. Sara is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, appearing in operas, concert and recital performances and on numerous recordings. She is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire in Australia. She trained in Perth, where she was a pupil of Molly McGurk and was a Young Artist with the West Australian Opera Company.
Taryn Fiebig (born 1 February 1972) is an Australian opera and musical theatre soprano and cellist. Taryn Fiebig initially graduated as a cellist from the University of Western Australia, before commencing vocal training, occasionally marrying the two on stage, with her cello accompanying her own singing. She joined Opera Australia in 2005 under the Young Artist Development Program.