Graham Pushee - 2022 NATIONAL ADJUDICATOR
Graham Pushee is a highly acclaimed Counter-Tenor and Managing Director of Arts Management.
Graham Pushee is a highly acclaimed Counter-Tenor and Managing Director of Arts Management.
Counter-Tenor Graham Pushee’s career spans over three decades. Following his debut in 1973 as Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for UNSW Opera, he performed widely throughout Australia before being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1977, which enabled him to study in London and subsequently at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland, where he then lived for over 20 years.
Highly acclaimed both for his vocal and dramatic portrayals, he became particularly known for his characterisations of many of the heroic roles of Handel and of lyric roles in the early 17th Century repertoire. Guest appearances took him to many of the world’s leading opera houses including La Scala Milan, Staatsoper and Komische Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Opera Cologne, Frankfurt Opera, La Monnaie Brussels, Opera National de Paris, Lyon and Montpellier, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro Regio Turin, Grand Theatre de Geneve,Victorian State Opera and Opera Queensland. He was a regular guest at international festivals including Salzburg Easter Festival, Holland Festival, Innsbruck Festival, Vienna Festwochen, Heidelberg Castle Festival, Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, and the Handel Festivals in Maryland USA, Karlsruhe, Göttingen and Halle. For Opera Australia Graham sang Ruggiero (Alcina), the title role in Julius Caesar, Rinaldo and Goffredo (Rinaldo), Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Apollo (Death in Venice), and featured at both the 40th and 50th Birthday and the New Years’ Eve Galas.
He appeared in concert throughout Europe and Australia performing Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Christmas Oratorio, B minor mass, Handel oratorios, and major works of Telemann, Purcell, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, Schütz and Monteverdi.
Graham’s recordings include Tamerlano (Handel), La Calisto (Cavalli), and Giulio Cesare on DVD, his Handel aria disc with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, his Vivaldi solo album with Aurora Musicale (both on ABC Classics) and many others.
Since returning to Australia he has since taught and coached at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, given Masterclasses and workshops for Opera Queensland, the Melba Opera Trust and WAAPA and adjudicated and presented vocal competitions. Graham retired from singing in 2006 and is now managing director of Arts Management, representing many of Australia’s finest singers, conductors, instrumentalists, designers and directors.
Cheryl Barker AO has established a distinguished Operatic Career throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australasia. She has performed for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Paris Opera, Nederlandse Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, National Opera du Rhin, De Vlaamse Opera, La Monnaie, Opera Holland Park, Reis Opera, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Minnesota Opera, Vancouver Opera, Taipei Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, Opera New Zealand, Victoria State Opera and Western Australian Opera. Her many roles have included the title roles in Jenufa, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly (Mo Award performer of the year), Manon Lescaut, Rusalka, Arabella and Salome (both for which she won green room and Helpmann awards), Adrianna Lecouvreur, Francesca di Rimmini, Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe, Katya Kabanova, Maria Stuarda. Other roles include Countess/Le Nozze di Figaro, Adina/L’elisir d’amore, Mimi in the award winning Baz Luhrmann production of La boheme, Violetta/La Traviata, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Tatyana/Eugene Onegin, Nedda/I Pagliacci, Antonia/The Tales of Hoffmann, Giorgetta/Il Tabarro, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Marschellin/Der Rosenkavalier, Madeleine/Capriccio, Chrysothemis/ Elektra, The Governess and Miss Jessel/The Turn of the Screw, Desdemona/Otello, Musetta/La Boheme, Marie/Die Tote Stadt, Salud/La Vida Breve, Jenifer/A Midsummer Marriage, Micaela/ Carmen, Emilia Marty/Vec Makropoulos, Marzelline/Fidelio, Oksana/Christmas Eve, Kate/Kiss me Kate, Juno/Plateé. She created the role of Sarah in Jake Heggies Opera The end of the Affair for Houston Grand Opera. Gertrude in Brett Deans Hamlet She has appeared in concert at Londons Wigmore Hall, The Barbican Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Konzerthaus Wien, Koningin Elisabethzaal Belgium, at the Brisbane, Melbourne, Spoletto Festivals, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and with the SSO, QSO, MSO,WASO. Recordings include Puccini Passion, Pure Diva (Melba Recordings), Seduction & Persuasion, Don John of Austria, Beethoven 9 (ABC Classics), La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier OA (CD & DVD) Madama Butterfly, CD of Great Operatic Arias with the LPO, Katya Kabanova, Quo Vadis, Rusalka, Makropoulos Case (Chandos), Madama Butterfly (Belgium and Netherlands Television) Madama Butterfly opus Arte. Cheryl was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours and also holds an Honorary doctorate of Music conferred by the Melbourne University. Cheryl Barker is currently Head Voice Teacher at the Australian National University School of Music, Canberra and Co-Artistic Director of Pacific Opera.
Brian Castles-Onion is one of Australia’s most exciting and well-known opera conductors. Completing his tertiary studies at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music, his outstanding achievements speak for themselves. His career expands internationally having worked at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and the Julliard School of Music. He has worked at the Rossini Festival in Italy, held the position of Artistic Director of Canterbury Opera in New Zealand and currently continues his long run association with Opera Australia.
His conducting experience – well over six hundred opera performances alone – throughout Australia, Asia and New Zealand includes: La bohème (Puccini) Faust (Gounod), La Traviata, (Verdi), Les pêcheurs de perles (Bizet), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini), Don Giovanni (Mozart), Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), Così fan tutte (Mozart), Lucio Silla (Mozart), Rinaldo (Handel), Les contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), The Telephone (Menotti), Turandot (Puccini), Norma (Bellini), The Merry Widow (Lehar), Lakmé (Delibes), A Little Night Music (Sondheim), La forza del destino (Verdi), Manon (Massenet), The Mikado (Sullivan), Tosca (Puccini), Carmen (Bizet), Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens), La sonnambula (Bellini), Rigoletto (Verdi), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), To Hell & Back (Heggie), Prima la musica (Salieri), Iolanthe (Sullivan), The Pirates of Penzance (Sullivan), The Gondoliers (Sullivan), H.M.S. Pinafore (Sullivan), Trial by Jury (Sullivan) and My Fair Lady (Loewe). He was on the podium for Opera Australia’s 40th Anniversary Gala and 60th Anniversary Gala, The Robert Allman Farewell Gala and conducted the Dame Joan Sutherland State Memorial Service – which was broadcast internationally on television and radio.
Well known as a Public Speaker and compère, he has made guest appearances at Corporate Dinners, various Opera Forums and presented over two dozen ‘Opera in the Park’ in Perth, Sydney and the Hunter Valley – amassing a large following of fans. His book “Losing the Plot in Opera” has been a Best Seller in Australia and the UK. His recital and concert appearances have seen him as conductor and pianist for Kiri Te Kanawa, Sumi Jo, Frederica von Stade, Placido Domingo, José Carreras and Geraldine Turner. His recordings include The Mikado and La traviata for ABC Classics, The Stephen Sondheim Songbook, When We Met, Amoureuse, The Power of Love, Puccini Passion, Geraldine Turner – The Stephen Sondheim Songbook Volume Two, The Enchanted Hour, the soundtrack to the American film Harlem Aria, the complete series on DVD of Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and produced ten volumes in the new series on Désirée Records – “Great Australian Voices”.
Brian became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours List.
Michael Halliwell studied literature and music at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, at the London Opera Centre, and with Tito Gobbi in Florence. He has sung in Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia and was principal baritone for many years with the Netherlands Opera, the Nürnberg Municipal Opera, and the Hamburg State Opera, appearing in many European cities including London, Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris and Moscow. He took part in several world premieres and appeared frequently at major European festivals in opera, oratorio and song recitals. He has sung over fifty major operatic roles, including Don Giovanni, Papageno, Count Almaviva, Gugliemo, Posa, Germont, Gianni Schicci, Ford and Escamillo. He completed a PhD on the operatic adaptation of literature. His publications include the monographs, Opera and the Novel; the case of Henry James (Rodopi: 2005); and National Identity in Contemporary Australian Opera: myths reconsidered (Routledge, 2018), as well as many chapters and articles. He has served as Chair of Vocal Studies and Opera, Pro-Dean and Head of School, and Associate Dean (Research) at the Sydney Conservatorium. He is President of the International Association for Word and Music Studies, and series co-editor for the Word and Music Studies Series. He is a regular reviewer for the Australian Book Review and The Conversation. Recent CDs include When the Empire Calls (ABC Classics, 2005); O for a Muse of Fire: Australian Shakespeare Settings (Vox Australis, 2013); Amy Woodforde-Finden: The Oriental Song-Cycles (Toccata Classics, 2014); That Bloody Game; Australian WWI Songs (Wirripang, 2015).
Noëmi Nadelmann is a swiss soprano and the leading opera and concert singer of her generation. She made her debut in 1987 at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Musetta in 'La Bohème' with Renata Scotto as Mimi. Since that time she has sung major roles in the great opera houses of the world, in the major concert halls and with the world's leading orchestras.
Noëmi Nadelmann has sung Musetta at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Opéra National Paris (Bastille) in Paris (conductor: Daniel Oren), Vienna State Opera, Komische Oper Berlin (conductor: Simone Young), Dutch National Opera Amsterdam (director: Pierre Audi) and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has sung Violetta in 'La Traviata' at the Komische Oper in Berlin (director: Harry Kupfer, conductor: Yakov Kreizberg), Hessishrd Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Deutsche Oper Berlin (director: Götz Friedrich), Opernhaus Zürich (director: Jürgen Flimm, conductor: Franz Welser-Möst) and the State Opera House Hamburg.
She has also sung the title role in 'Lucia di Lammermoor' at the Komische Oper Berlin (director: Harry Kupfer, conductor: Yakov Kreizberg, Vladimir Jurowski) and the State Opera House Hamburg.
Noëmi Nadelmann personified the title role in 'Merry Widow' at the Vienna State Opera, Opera House Zurich (conductor: Franz Welser-Möst), Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, Dresden Semper Opera House (director Pierre Savary), Leipzig Opera, Opéra National Paris (Palais Garnier) (conductor: Asher Fish) and in 2016 at the National Theater Mannheim.
As a concert und Lieder singer she appeared in Europe and Asia's major concert halls such as the Waldbühne Berlin (with Peter Seiffert, Francisco Araiza and Jochen Kowalski), Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival (Mahler 2. symphony with Chistoph Eschenbach), Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Philharmonie Berlin: 'der Schauspieldirektor ' (director: Otto Schenk, conductor: Sir Neville Marriner), Tonhalle Zurich (Vladimir Fedoseyev) , Liceu Opera Barcelona (Mahler 2. Symphony with Bertrand de Billy), Shanghai (Belcanto concerts with Muhai Tang) and Hong Kong. At the Festival Avenches Opera Noëmi Nadelmann has sung Violetta in 'la Traviata', Donna Anna in 'Don Giovanni' (director: Giancarlo del Monaco) and most recently the title role in 'Carmen'.
In the french Chopin Film 'la note bleue' by Andrzej Zulawski she embodied the role of the opera singer Pauline Viardot-Garcia with french actress Sophie Marceau.
In 1997 Noëmi Nadelmann was awarded with the esteemed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Prize by the Goethe-Stiftung for her outstanding artistic achievements.
Chris Van Tuinen