Australian Singing Competition - 2013 Workshop Programme

2013 Workshop/Programme

Characterisation and Movement

For Semi-Finalists

In 2013, National Adjudicator and celebrated soprano Emma Matthews and acclaimed Movement Director/Choreographer Johanna Puglisi will present a Workshop on ‘Characterisation and Movement.

Before the Workshop, each Semi-Finalist will nominate a piece from their Competition repertoire to work on with the convenors. Emma and Johanna will work with the singers to assist them to develop a physicality appropriate to their character. The aim is to build a vocabulary of movement that can be used in any performance situation.

The Workshop will also teach the Semi-Finalists how to play with concepts of character – how to give a character a history, how to imagine their emotional life, how they might dress, and how these elements can inform a performance.

The Semi-Finalists will also be treated to a playful session on costuming in which they will explore how costumes can be effective props for a singer. They will learn a range of skills that may include how to move in cumbersome opera costumes, how the sweep of a cape might enhance an entrance, and how the tip of a hat can seduce an audience.

These areas of preparation are vital to the development of young performers but it is rare to receive instruction under the guidance of teachers of this calibre.


Photo, top (Jeff Busby, courtesy Opera Australia): Emma Matthews, Lucia di Lammermoor.

Emma Matthews

2013 National Adjudicator - Emma Matthews

2013 National Adjudicator

The IFAC Australian Singing Competition has the privilege of having one of Australia's most highly-regarded sopranos as this year's National Adjudicator. We are also fortunate that Emma will be working with the 2013 Semi-Finalists in the 'Characterisation and Movement' Workshop.

Emma Matthews is a highly acclaimed and awarded coloratura soprano equally at home in operatic and concert repertoire. She has performed with all the Australian State Symphony orchestras, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Liaison, and at the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Huntington Festivals, with such conductors as Richard Bonynge, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Charles Mackerras, Marko Letonja and Yakov Kreizberg.


Photo (Bridget Elliot): Emma Matthews.

Johanna Puglisi

2013 Director and Choreographer - Johanna Puglisi

Director and Choreographer

A Movement Director and Choreographer for Opera Australia, Johanna has also recently been the Assistant Director for AIDA, has directed the NYE Gala and Sunday Concerts Series and regularly teaches for the Opera Australia Young Artist Program.

Other Companies and works as Movement Director and Choreographer include – Before/After (STC); Yellow Moon, Bliss (Belvoir St Theatre); Metamorphosis, Great Expectations (Bakehouse Theatre Company); Sweet Charity, 2008 & 2009 Galas (NIDA); 2008/2009 Chinese New Year Parades (City of Sydney); I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Songs for a New World (Kookaburra Musical Theatre Company); Director/Choreographer - Annie, The Wizard of OZ (Kincoppal - Rose Bay).

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