In preparation for the upcoming performance of Paulus, Mendelssohn’s rarely presented oratorio, at the Great Hall Sydney University on Sunday 10th December at 5pm, let’s meet the talented soloists who will be joining the Choir and Orchestra, under the baton of music director, Christopher Bowen OAM.
Concert tickets are available now here.
Anita Kyle, Soprano
An accomplished lyric soprano, Anita Kyle, has won many awards and accolades including. the National Operatic Aria, Music Teachers’ Assoc of NSW Vocal Scholarship, and was semi-finalist in the McDonalds’ Operatic Aria Scholarship and finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year Award, ABC Young Performer Awards and the Joan Sutherland Scholarship.
Her roles include the 15 YEAR OLD in Lulu; FRASQUITA in Carmen; SOPHIE in Werther; both the SANDMAN and DEW FAIRY in Hansel and Gretel; PAPGENA in The Magic Flute; LIESCHEN in Bach’s Coffee Cantata and GOVERNESS in Orpheus and Eurydice.
Other performances include Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras (no.5), Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Casals’ El cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds), Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Haydn’s Mass no. 10 in C Major (Mass in a Time of War), Mozart`s Mass in C Minor, Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio, Jenkins’s Stella Natalis and Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem).
Anita debuted with the Syd Uni Grad Choir in 2015 in Handel’s Israel in Egypt and returned to perform in CPE Bach’s Magnificat, Heinichen’s Mass No. 9 and Handel’s Messiah in 2016.
David Hidden, Bass
From a dusty underground gold store in Adelaide to a dripping scaffold high above Sydney Harbour, 2017 has been an eventful year for this Sydney-based baritone. Recent highlights include Barry Kosky’s triumphant production of Handel’s Saul for the Adelaide Festival, Pinchgut Opera’s Anacreon and Pygmalion (Rameau), Carmen on Sydney Harbour with Opera Australia, and Various People’s subterranean production of Orpheus Underground, performed in a colonial cellar under the centre of Adelaide City.
David greatly enjoys touring. He spent 2011-2016 taking Baroque opera around primary schools in NSW and beyond with the Musica Viva in Schools programme. In 2015 he toured the country as GUGLIEMO in Cosi fan Tutte (Co-Opera).
On the concert platform David has sung with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy, with Bryn Terfel and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and with the Australia Ensemble, Canberra Symphony, Penrith Symphony, and the Willoughby Symphony. In 2015 David performed in Handel’s Israel in Egypt and in 2016 Messiah with the Sydney University Graduate Choir.
Maria Timofeeva, Mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Maria Timofeeva studied singing and acting at the St Petersburg Academy for Dramatic Art. She has performed in many of the prestigious halls of Russia and Europe.
Whilst still a soloist at the St. Petersburg Opera Company, Zazerkale, Maria began her career as a singing teacher. She now divides her time between solo singing engagements, and teaching private students and at MLC Burwood.
Tristan Entwistle, Baritone
Sydney born baritone Tristan Entwistle recently completed a Masters of Music Studies (Opera Performance) under the tutelage of Ms Maree Ryan AM at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he completed his Bachelor of Music (Performance), and where he was awarded the Bud Brown Memorial and Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarships.
Working with Opera New England, Opera Projects Sydney, Penrith Symphony Orchestra, Operantics, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney, Sydney Conservatorium Opera and Opera Hunter, Tristan’s operatic roles include: ESCAMILLO in Carmen; PAPAGENO in Die Zauberflöte; GUGLIELMO in Così fan tutte; LEPORELLO in Don Giovanni; NARDO in La Finta Giardiniera; GIOVE in La Calisto; THE DRUNKEN POET/CORYDON in The Fairy Queen; EDMUND BERTRAM in Mansfield Park; BARONE DOUPHOL in La Traviata; DOTTOR GRENVIL in La Traviata; ELDER McLEAN in Susannah; DR FALKE in Die Fledermaus; OLD YUE in Chang’E and the Moon; and GUISEPPE PALMIERI in The Gondoliers;.
Tristan’s concert repertoire includes Stockhausen’s Luzifers Tanz (Australian premiere); Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Handel’s Messiah; Mozart’s Requiem; Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Bernstein’s Mass and Rossini’s Stabat Mater.
A founding member of Operantics, he was stage and music director for their 2016 double bill of The Telephone and Gentlemen’s Island (Australian premiere). As well as regularly performing with the company, he acts as Artistic Advisor.
His current engagements include performances of Handel’s Messiah with Radio Community Chest at the Sydney Town Hall, and with Penrith Symphony Orchestra. In 2018, Tristan will make his debut with Opera Australia in the chorus of Carmen. This is his first appearance with the Sydney University Graduate Choir and we are very pleased to welcome him our stage.
Andrew Goodwin, Tenor
Andrew Goodwin has appeared with orchestras and opera companies, including the Bolshoi Opera, Gran Theatre Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, La Scala Milan and Opera Australia, in Europe, the UK, Asia and Australia..
He has given many concert performances: he toured with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Temirkanov; he performed with the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs; and he gave recitals with pianist Daniel de Borah at the Wigmore Hall. He has also appeared at numerous festivals, including the Oxford Lieder, Port Fairy, Huntington, Coriole, Canberra, and Australian International Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville.
Recent engagements have included: Bach’s Magnificat and the title role in The Rake’s Progress (Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra); Mozart’s Litaniae de Venerabili Altaris Sacramento (Sydney Symphony Orchestra); Lyle Chan’s My Dear Benjamin (Queensland Symphony Orchestra); Britten’s Serenade for Tenor and Horn (Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras); EGEO in Cavalli’s Giasone and FLORIVAL in Grétry’s L’Amant Jaloux (Pinchgut Opera); recitals with Daniel de Borah at the Melbourne Recital Centre; the EVANGELIST in Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Melbourne Bach Choir); a recital with pianist Mira Yevtich at the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg; Degtyarev’s Russian oratorio Minin i Pojarsky (Moscow Chamber Orchestra); Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at St John’s Smith Square, London; LENSKY in Eugene Onegin and TAMINO in The Magic Flute (Bolshoi Opera); Messiah (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society); and Bach’s B Minor Mass (The Song Company).
His 2017 engagements include: Biographica and The Rape of Lucretia (Sydney Chamber Opera); Wainwright’s Prima Donna (Adelaide Festival); EVANGELIST, St. John Passion (Melbourne Bach Choir); Mozart’s Requiem (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra); Dream of Gerontius and Messiah (Sydney Philharmonia Choirs); and appearances with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Australian Piano Quartet and at the Coriole Festival, South Australia, and the Adam Chamber Music Festival, New Zealand.
Andrew appeared with the Sydney University Graduate Choir in 2012 for its 60th anniversary concert, performing Mendelssohn’s oratorio Paulus, and in 2016 in Haydn’s Creation and Handel’s Messiah. This year he joined the Choir for its Belle Époque concert and Verdi’s Requiem.