Time to Meet the Soloists (part 2)!

Last week we introduced two of our four very talented soloists, Agnes Sarkis (mezzo soprano) and Anita Kyle (soprano). This week we invite you to meet our tenor Nicholas Jones, and baritone Simon Lobelson, who will perform under the baton of music director Christopher Bowen OAM, in our upcoming all Beethoven Concert on Sunday 12th August 2018, at the Great Hall Sydney University.

Nicholas Jones, Tenor

Nicholas Jones Lower resNicholas Jones completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the former Victorian College of the Arts. Awards include the Opera Scholars Australia / Australian Music Events Scholar of the Year prize.

Performance highlights include: creating the critically acclaimed role of FISH LAMB in the world premiere of Cloudstreet for the State Opera of South Australia; YOUNG MAN 1 in Pecan Summer; SOLDIER 1 in The Emperor of Atlantis and BARNARDO in Anna Amalia’s opera Erwin und Elmire, for which he earned a Green Room Award nomination.

Performances for Opera Australia include: REMENDADO in Carmen; MARASQUIN in Two Weddings, One Bride; TAMINO in The Magic Flute (Opera Australia Touring); and COUNT ALMAVIVA in The Barber of Seville (Schools Touring). He also appeared in company’s national tour of its production of South Pacific.

Concert appearances include: Britten’s Canticles; Schumann’s Dichterliebe; Stefan Cassomenos’ Art of Thought; and Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn at the Australian National Academy of Music.

In 2018, Nicholas continues his association with Opera Australia including: appearing in a number of roles in Shostakovich’s The Nose; ZORN in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, REMENDADO in Carmen; and ALBAZAR in The Turk in Italy. Other performances this year include the tenor solo in The Creation with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Opera in the Markets and the role of MALE CHORUS in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Victorian Opera.

This is Nicholas’ debut with the Sydney University Graduate Choir.

Simon Lobelson, Baritone

SL2 for blogWith a career that has spanned 4 continents, 75 operatic roles from the baroque to the newly-composed, high respect as a pedagogue and superlative press reviews, SIMON LOBELSON has established himself as one of the most versatile baritones of his generation. Born in Sydney of Egyptian parents and brought up in Brussels, Simon graduated with distinction from Royal College of Music on scholarship, then with Sir Donald McIntyre. He has since worked extensively as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, Asia, the UK and Europe. Recent oratorio appearances have included Sydney Opera House; Queen Elizabeth Hall; St. Johns Smith Square; St. Martin-in-the-Fields; Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Sydney Town Hall. He has sung with the London Mozart Players; Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; English Chamber Orchestra; Israel Camerata and the Lucerne Festival, under conductors Pierre Boulez, Charles Dutoit, Daniel Reuss, Reinbert de Leeuw, Richard Bonynge, Simon Halsey and Paul McCreesh.

Simon has performed with many opera companies including Royal Opera House Covent Garden; English National Opera; Young Vic; Pinchgut Opera; Sydney Chamber Opera and Canberra International Music Festival. Roles have included: AMFORTAS (Aida); ESCAMILLO (Carmen); the title role in Rigoletto; ALBERICH (Das Rheingold); MARCELLO (La Boheme); FORD (Falstaff); GERMONT (La Traviata); and the title role in The Marriage of Figaro. He has worked with many leading directors, including Jean-Claude Auvray, Patrick Nolan, Ian Judge, John Copley, Bruno Ravella, Melly Still, Cheryl Barker and Jude Kelly. He will make his Opera Australia debut this September, singing the title role of GREGOR SAMSA in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis.

He has recorded for Chandos and ABC Classics. He is a lecturer and coach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a judge for the Sydney Eisteddfod and has given masterclasses in Australia and China.

His last performance with the Sydney University Graduate Choir was the concert of French music in April 2017.

The Choir is very much looking forward to welcoming you to our audience on Sunday 12th August at 3pm, at the Great Hall Sydney University. Tickets are available now at www.sydneyunigradchoir.eventbrite.com

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