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An afternoon with our Patron, Lisa Gasteen

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Saturday 27 Jun 2015
3:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Queensland Multicultural Centre



Lisa Gasteen
Prior to taking the Chair of Practice Professor of Opera at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University in 2011, Lisa Gasteen had become one of the world’s most sought after interpreters of the dramatic German repertoire.

Best known for her performances of Brünnhilde, Isolde and Electra she was a regular guest at the major opera houses including Metropolitan Opera, New York; Royal Opera, Covent Garden; The Bastille, Paris; and the State Opera Companies of Vienna, Stuttgart and Berlin to name a few; and International Festivals including Bergen, Baden Baden, Tanglewood, Adelaide, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Lisa’s other frequently performed roles include the principal female leads from Verdi’s Aida, Otello, La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo, Il Trovatore; Puccini’s Tosca; Beethoven’s Fidelio; Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, Chrysothemis, Klytamnestra and title role of Electra, both Die Kaiserin and Die Färberin in Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; Wagner’s Lohengrin (Elsa), Der Fliegender Holländer, Tannhäuser (Elizabeth); d’Albert’s Tiefland; Gluck’s Dido and Aneus; Mozart’s Don Giovanni (both Donna Elvira and Donna Anna); Giordano’s Andrea Chénier and Bartóks Bluebeard’s Castle.

Her concert repertoire includes Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Janáčeck’s Glagolitic Mass, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Verdi’s Requiem and extensive lieder including Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.

Lisa has worked with many of today’s most highly esteemed conductors including Haitink, Bychkov, de Billy, Weigle, Young, Pappano, Levine, Mehta, Maazel, Welser Moest, Luisi, Mackerras, Gergiev, von Dohnányi, Petrenko, Salonen and Runnicles.

Although Lisa already had an established career in Australia, in 1991 she came to international attention by winning The Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.  She remains the only Australian to have done so.

Lisa has won many awards including the 1992 Advance Australia Award, 3 Helpmann Awards, the 2002 Sidney Meyer Performing Arts Individual Award and the 2003 Bulletin Magazine Smart 100 (Arts Category).  She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006 for her services to the Arts.

Lisa’s film appearances include the BBC’s Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Past Winners, Australian Opera 50th Anniversary Celebration Concert and the Siegfried Brünnhilde in Stuttgart Opera’s Ring Cycle.

Her recordings include Lisa Gasteen “Singer of the World” Walsingham Classics, “Tiefland” by d’Albert on Oehms Classics, “Transcendent Love” on ABC Classics and “The Ring Cycle” live recording on the Melba label.

In 2011 Lisa established The Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, located at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University, Brisbane, to help, mentor and develop the skills and progress of Australian operatic singers and répétiteurs.

Reminder: $5.00 contribution towards venue hire.