Centre d’Arts de Melbourne : Don Giovanni, W.A. Mozart, from 14 November 2007 to 14 December 2007

Don Giovanni – W.A. Mozart

Set in the Spanish Catholic socie­ty of the 17th Century, it places the flam­boyant free­dom-loving sedu­cer in the most moral­ly repres­sive envi­ron­ment pos­sible, but Don Giovanni’s refu­sal to repent makes him one of the first great modern anti-heroes.

Teddy Tahu Rhodes pulls on his thigh length boots once more to sing the role which he has made his own. Joining him is John Pringle as his jaded side­kick Leporello, Kate Ladner as Donna Anna and Fiona Janes as feis­ty Donna Elvira. Tiffany Speight is Zerlina to Richard Anderson’s Masetto and, as the Commendatore, fel­low New Zealander Jud Arthur will stop Teddy Tahu Rhodes in his tracks. To conduct this mas­ter­piece, Opera Australia wel­comes Hungarian Imre Pallà³, making his debut with the com­pa­ny.

Don Giovanni – W.A. Mozart
From : 14 November 2007 – To : 14 December 2007

Don Giovanni
Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes was born in Christchurch and stu­died with Mary Adams Taylor. At the age of twen­ty, he recei­ved the Dame Sister Mary Leo Scholarship, and in 1991 he won the Mobil Song Quest. In London in 1991–1992, Teddy stu­died with Rudolf Piernay at Guildhall, and sub­se­quent­ly with David Harper, and he was a fina­list in The Kathleen Ferrier Award. In 1999, he repre­sen­ted New Zealand in the Cardiff Singer of the World com­pe­ti­tion.

Teddy’s inter­na­tio­nal appea­rances include a reci­tal in London in the Young Songmakers Almanac Series, a per­for­mance at the Salt Lake City International Concert Series, and a tour of Japan with Christchurch pia­nist Maurice Till. His frequent enga­ge­ments throu­ghout New Zealand include Marcello in Puccini’s La Bohème for Canterbury Opera, Méphistophélès in a concert ver­sion of Gounod’s Faust for Christchurch City Choir, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with NZSO, and Escamillo in an are­na pro­duc­tion of Bizet’s Carmen in Auckland.

Teddy made his Australian ope­ra­tic début in 1998 as Dandini in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Opera Australia. The fol­lo­wing year, he sang Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Canterbury Opera ; Silvio in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci and Marcello for Opera New Zealand ; Handel’s Messiah in Melbourne, Sydney and Dunedin ; and concerts with Christchurch Symphony and at the Spray Farm Summer Festival in Australia.

His enga­ge­ments include a return to Opera Australia as the Count in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Demetrius in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream ; Mozart’s “Coronation” Mass with Sydney Symphony Orchestra ; Messiah and Fauré’s Requiem with Queensland Symphony Orchestra ; Mozart’s Requiem for Melbourne Chorale ; his début recor­ding for ABC Classics of the bari­tone solos in Fauré’s Requiem and La Naissance de Vénus ; and a return to Sydney for Messiah and Bach’s St John Passion. In September, Teddy made his American début with San Francisco Opera as Joe in the world pre­mière of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, an ope­ra based on the film of the same name.

In 2001 he joins Opera Australia as resident prin­ci­pal artist, per­for­ming the roles of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosଠfan tutte, Count Boni Kà¡ncsià¡nu in Kà¡lmà¡n’s The Gipsy Princess, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’a­more, and the Herald in Wagner’s Lohengrin, and will sing Mozart’s Requiem with the Tasmanian Symphony.

Teddy is des­cen­ded from the pio­nee­ring Rhodes bro­thers who were far­ming on Banks Peninsula before the First Four Ships arri­ved in 1850.

Il Commendatore
Jud Arthur

Since his debut with Opera Otago in 1992, Bass-Baritone Jud Arthur has been a regu­lar per­for­mer both in New Zealand and Australia. In New Zealand, Jud has per­for­med the roles of Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers in Auckland and Wellington, Ramphis in the Wellington sea­son of Aida, and Comte des Grieux in Manon in Auckland and Wellington for NBR New Zealand Opera ; Monterone in Rigoletto, Zaretski in Eugene Onegin and Masetto and Commendatore in Don Giovanni for Wellington City Opera ;
Wagner in Gounod’s Faust, Marchese d’Obigny in La Traviata and Banquo in Macbeth as well as Zuniga in the are­na per­for­mances of Carmen for Alan Smythe Special Events for Opera New Zealand ; Zuniga, Lodovico in Otello, Angelotti in Tosca, Sparafucile in Rigoletto for Canterbury Opera ; the Bonze in Madama Butterfly for National Opera of Wellington and Zaccaria in Nabucco for Opera Wanganui and Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor for Hawkes Bay Opera ; Angelotti in Tosca, The Mikado in The Mikado and Don Alhambra in The Gondoliers for Opera Otago ; and Javert in Les Miserables for the Dunedin Operatic Society.

Jud’s enga­ge­ments in Australia include Angelotti in Tosca and The Speaker in The Magic Flute in 1999 and Colline in La Boheme in 2001, all in Melbourne for Opera Australia, Frere Laurent in Romeo et Juliette and a soloist in the concert entit­led Magnifico ‑Great Opera Encores in 2000 for State Opera of South Australia as well as Basilio in The Barber Of Seville for West Australian Opera and the bass soloist in Haydn’s The Creation for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

In 2005 for Opera Australia Jud’s roles inclu­ded Chelio in The Love for Three Oranges, Zuniga in Carmen, Colline in La Boheme, Duke of Verona in Romeo et Juliet and Angelotti in Tosca. He also appea­red in Opera Australia’s New Year’s Eve Gala Concert and in Mozart’s Requiem and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, at Sydney Opera House.

Jud’s 2006 roles for Opera Australia were the Bonze in Madama Butterfly, Speaker in Die Zauberflote, Dottore Grenvil in La Traviata, Monterone in Rigoletto, Nilakantha in Lakme and Timur in Turandot. In May he appea­red in Canterbury Opera’s 21st Birthday Gala Concert and recent­ly sang Zaccaria in Nabucco for West Australian Opera.

Donna Anna
Kate Ladner

Kate Ladner trai­ned at the Queensland Conservatorium. She has per­for­med Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia and West Australian Opera), First Lady in Die Zauberflôte, Frasquita in Carmen, Celestial Voice in Don Carlos, Stella in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Nannetta in Falstaff, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Cunegonde in Candide, Zerlina (Opera NZ), Marzelline in Fidelio (Opera Northern Ireland), Konstanze in Die Entfà¼hrung aus dem Serail (Glyndebourne Touring Company), Violetta in La Traviata (UK tour);
Blonde in Die Entfà¼hrung aus dem Serail (Stuttgart Opera/Wiesbaden), Woglinde / Der Waldvogel in Der Ring des Nibelungen (State Opera of South Australia), Elvira in L’italiana in Algeri, Flaminia in Il mon­do del­la luna, Nannetta (Garsington Opera), Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia).

Concert per­for­mances have inclu­ded Haydn’s Creation (Canterbury), Mozart’s Requiem (English Chamber Orchestra and Ulster Orchestra), Mozart Concert Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra ; sopra­no solos in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (Queensland Symphony Orchestra); title role in Manon (UK tour).

Don Ottavio
Jaewoo Kim

Born in Korea, Jaewoo Kim moved to Queensland in 1993 to stu­dy at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During this time he appea­red in seve­ral ope­ras and per­for­med with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Jaewoo com­ple­ted his Bachelor of Music and post-gra­duate diplo­ma at the Canberra School of Music.

Jaewoo was a fina­list in the pres­ti­gious National ABC Quest in 1995, win­ner of Opera Foundation’s Metropolitan Opera Awards, a contes­tant in the finals in New York in 1997, win­ner of the McDonalds Aria in 2000, and win­ner of the Australian Singing Competition 2002 Glyndebourne Festival Opera Award.

In 1998 he became a mem­ber of Opera Australia’s Young Artists” Development Program and he has been a prin­ci­pal artist for the com­pa­ny since 2000. His roles for Opera Australia include Rodolfo in La bohème, Almaviva in Il bar­biere di Siviglia, Jacquino in Fidelio, Arbace in Idomeneo, Servant in Capriccio, Francesco in The Gondoliers, Gastone in La tra­via­ta, Ferrando in Cosଠfan tutte, Song Vendor/Lover in Il tabar­ro, The Shepherd in Tristan und Isolde, Nathanael in Les contes d’Hoffmann, Gastone in La Traviata for The 2002 Parks Concert and Beppe in Pagliacci. Jaewoo has sung in many concerts for Opera Australia, inclu­ding cele­bra­tion concerts for The Sydney Morning Herald’s 500,000th issue and the 25th anni­ver­sa­ry of Opera on the House. He also sang Rodolfo in La bohème for Wellington National Opera.

As a concert artist, Jaewoo appea­red at Opera in the Vineyard in Queensland, in Haydn’s Nelson Mass for Tasmanian Symphony, and gave a lunch­time reci­tal for broad­cast on ABC Radio. His ever expan­ding Choral reper­toire includes the masses of Schubert and Haydn and Mendelssohn’s Elijah for Canberra Choral Society, Mahler’s 8th Symphony for the Canberra National Multicultural Festival, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Korea, Handel’s Messiah at Sydney Town Hall and Llewellyn Hall and Bach’s St. John’s Passion, Britten’s Spring Symphony and Janà¡cek’s Glagolitic Mass for the Llewellyn Choir. More recent concerts include Messiah for the Korean Philharmonic Choir at Sydney Town Hall, Messiah in Sakhalin and Moscow in Russia under the baton of Lygia O’Riordan and Haydn’s The Creation for Opera Queensland.

Recent ope­ra­tic roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Tamino in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia, Gerard in Lakmé in New Zealand for Canterbury Opera and Arbace in a tou­ring pro­duc­tion of Idomeneo in Italy.

Roles in 2005 include Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte in Sydney and Tamino in Melbourne for Opera Australia and Ottavio in Don Giovanni for NBR New Zealand Opera. Concert enga­ge­ments include Shepherd/Sailor in Tristan and Isolde for Queensland Music Festival in Brisbane, Messiah with Sydney Philharmonia, Cassio in Otello and Beethoven 9 under the baton of Oleg Caetani for Melbourne Symphony as well as Beethoven 9 conduc­ted by Gianluigi Gelmetti for Sydney Symphony and Beethoven 9 for the Queensland Orchestra conduc­ted by Michael Christie.

In 2006 enga­ge­ments include the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute in the Sydney Summer sea­son and Gerard in a new pro­duc­tion of Lakmé in Melbourne and Sydney for Opera Australia.

Donna Elvira
Fiona Janes

Born in Sydney, Fiona Janes is cur­rent­ly one of Australia’s lea­ding Mezzo sopra­nos having wor­ked exten­si­ve­ly throu­ghout Australia and Europe. She stu­died at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and has been the win­ner of nume­rous awards and sin­ging com­pe­ti­tions, most nota­bly the 1983 Joan Sutherland Scholarship, 1986 Australian Singing Competition, win­ner of the inau­gu­ral 1991 Remy Martin Scholarship and the 1995 Vienna State Opera Award.

She joi­ned Opera Australia’s Young Artist Programme in 1988 and since then has been a regu­lar Guest Principal Artist for the com­pa­ny per­for­ming all the major mez­zo reper­toire inclu­ding : ‘Dorabella,” ‘Zerlina,” ‘Cherubino,” ‘Annio,” ‘Mercedes,” ‘Lola,” ‘Javotte,” ‘Tessa,” ‘Kate Pinkerton,” ‘Sesto” in both Julius Caesar & La Clemenza di Tito, ‘Angelina” in La Cenerentola, ‘Rosina in Il bar­biere di Siviglia,” ‘Isabella” in L’italiana in Algieri,” ‘Composer” in Ariadne auf Naxos, ‘Adalgisa” in Norma and most recent­ly ‘Mistress Quickly” in Falstaff. For her per­for­mances as ‘Angelina” and ‘Adalgisa” she recei­ved the Victorian Green Room Award.

She has also per­for­med ‘Siebel” in Faust for Victoria State Opera & Opera Queensland, ‘Nero” in Aggrippina at the Buxton Festival, ‘Rosina” for Netherlands Opera, English National Opera & Welsh National Opera, ‘Second Lady” in The Magic Flute for English National Opera, ‘Sesto” in La Clemenza di Tito for Glyndebourne Touring Opera, ‘Idamante” in Idomeneo for Flanders Philhamonic in Antwerp, ‘Margherite” in Damnation of Faust for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra & Opera Queensland, ‘Ascanio” in Les Troyens for LSO with Sir Colin Davis, ‘Angelina” at the Semperoper Dresden & Opera New Zealand, ‘Scitalce” in Semiramide for Rossini Festival in Germany with Richard Bonynge and has also wor­ked for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and Scottish Opera.

She has recent­ly recor­ded Meyerbeer’s Semiramide with Richard Bonynge soon to be relea­sed and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella for Naxos, Donizetti’s Parisina for Opera Rara, a Mozart Bicentennial Celebration for ABC Classics and Opera Australia and has video recor­dings of Cosi fan Tutte and Don Giovanni both with Opera Australia. Fiona begins 2007 with a concert in the Sydney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne and will per­form at Sydney Town Hall in a gala fun­drai­sing concert for the Cancer Council Australia in March.


John Pringle AM


Tiffany Speight


Richard Anderson

À propos : Fabien

Après avoir travaillé le chant au Centre d'Arts Polyphoniques de Paris, il entre en 1995 au Conservatoire de Gagny où il est l'élève d'Evelyne Razimowsky en classe de Chant et de Jean-Louis Calvani en classe d'Art Lyrique. Il poursuit ensuite son perfectionnement avec Florence Montana au Conservatoire de Vincennes, puis au Conservatoire de Musique de Nouvelle Calédonie.

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