Dates for your diary

2015 Subscription Series

March 21: Mark Walton

May 23: Patrick Keith

August 29: The Chanterelles

October 24: James Kortum

December 13: Christmas Cabaret

Non Subscription Concerts

June 13: Private house recital

Wendy Dixon

Wendy Dixon

Wendy Dixon is well known throughout New Zealand and Australia in opera, concert and recital. She has sung as a guest artist soprano soloist with Opera Australia, Victoria State Opera, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, opera companies in New Zealand, and the major orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Mexico. Recent roles for Opera Australia include Rosalinde in 'Die Fledermaus' (Johann Strauss) and First Lady in 'The Magic Flute' (Mozart). Recent concert work includes Schönberg's Gurrelieder for The New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, Mahler's 8th Symphony for Canberra School of Music, Beethoven's 9th for Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and 'A Night in Vienna' for Wellington Sinfonia. Performances of note include Strauss 'Four Last Songs', the Verdi Requiem, Leonora in 'Fidelio' (Beethoven), Musetta (La Boheme), Tosca, Aida, Violetta in 'La Traviata' and Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni'.

She is a founding member with David Miller (piano) of Grevillea Ensemble. Now in its 16th subscription year, Grevillea Ensemble is well known for its innovative programming and excellent performances. The group has also released two CD's, "Grevillea Live 1999-2000" and "Grevillea Live &endash; The Seasons".

Wendy Dixon records for NZBC, ABC-FM and 2MBS-FM. She has toured with Musica Viva and for the Chamber Music Federation of New Zealand. She has recorded excerpts from 'The Magic Flute' on an Opera Australia CD and is on an Opera Australia video performing Miss Jessel in 'The Turn of the Screw', an opera by Benjamin Britten.

She has edited the songs of the Australian composer Horace Keats in collaboration with pianist David Miller and has recorded 6 CDs of Australian songs with David Miller. These include "Echo" (songs by Horace Keats) for ABC Classics and "A Little Lovely Dream" (songs by Hugh Dixon) for Wirripang. She has co-written two books on Australian vocal repertoire with accompanying vocal CDs (published by Wirripang).

Wendy Dixon is also an established singing teacher, currently tutoring at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, Australian Institute of Music as Vocal tutor and runs her own private studio. She has created her Voice Trek series (group classes for adult beginners) and for several years at Christmas wrote and ran 'Lets Make an Opera' for Ku-ring-gai Council, a week-long course for children that incorporates acting, singing and costume-making with a performance at the completion. She has completed a Masters in Music, Music Education at Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney on "Selection procedures relating to Australian vocal repertoire for mid-adolescent HSC performers" and has presented three papers on this topic at ASME conferences in Melbourne and Perth.

Wendy is also founder of Sydney Art Song Society Inc (SASS), a group for mature age amateur singers giving performance opportunities within a supportive and educational atmosphere.

Wendy is producer and artistic director of Opera BootCamp Australia, a programme for 14-20 year old potential opera singers that is run for 8 days in mid-January. Previous years programmes have been Opera Gore 2009, Opera Lunacy 2010 and Opera Heat Wave 2011, Opera Overboard 2012. www.operabootcampaustralia.com.au