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2020 ANNUAL APPEAL

“Now more than ever, with our theatres closed and social distancing restrictions in place, we are reminded how important the arts are in our lives.”

Patrick Nolan, Artistic Director & CEO Opera Queensland 

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR EMERGING ARTISTS 

The launch of our Young Artist Program in 2020 has been made possible through a bequest from two extraordinary patrons of Opera Queensland, Lois Schultz and June Wheeler. Together, they had a vision to create a program that would provide emerging artists with a springboard into a highly successful career.

This initiative offers professional artists at the beginning of their career a program of exceptional training and development activities including individual coaching, stagecraft technique, language tuition and involvement in Opera Queensland’s main stage productions, community and corporate engagement events.

Now we need your support to help emerging artists in these challenging times.

OPERA QUEENSLAND YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAM 

Young Artist Programs (sometimes also known as Emerging, Resident or Developing Artist Programs) are a key to the success of many of the world’s leading opera companies and respected arts institutions.

From short summer intensive courses through to fully staffed departments such as the renowned Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program and Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, each Young Artist Program is unique in offering opportunities and expertise to raise performers and other operatic practitioners to the next level of their careers and to ensure our thrilling art form continues to flourish at the highest level.

Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program supports and nurtures future generations of talented performers who are vital for the art form to flourish, such as our 2020 Young Artist, Rebecca Cassidy.

We are excited to extend our program in 2021 and beyond to support more singers across each year, as well as associated artists such as directors, composers and designers.

MEET OUR 2020 YOUNG ARTIST, REBECCA CASSIDY

Hailing from Townsville, soprano Rebecca Cassidy completed her Bachelor of Music at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU). Her performances include the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Ann Trulove from Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II. In addition to these operatic roles, Rebecca’s concert, oratorio and symphonic repertoire includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Handel’s Saul, Britten’s War Requiem and Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs.

Rebecca has been the recipient of awards including QCGU’s Wagner Prize, Trinity College London Exhibition Award and the Alton Budd Memorial Scholarship.

As Opera Queensland’s Young Artist in 2020, Rebecca is undertaking specialised music, language and stagecraft tuition, performing in concerts, and most significantly understudying the role of Isolde in Tristan und Isolde.

Most recently, Rebecca featured in Opera Queensland’s new touring production Songs to Die For, directed by Patrick Nolan. READ MORE

PLEASE JOIN US IN INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF THE ART FORM

This year the Mather Foundation has generously pledged to match donations to the 2020 Annual Appeal up to $20,000. All donations will be matched, turning your $100 gift into $200, to support our unique and talented young artists and cultivate the next generation of operatic excellence.

In the face of COVID-19, we are reminded of how important the arts are in our lives, forging connections and inspiring creativity amongst us all. Emerging artists are the future of our company and the art form. By training them to the highest standards we ensure audiences well into the future will experience all the many wonders opera has to offer.

We invite you to be a part of this important contribution to Opera Queensland.

For more information, please contact Erin Robinson at erobinson@oq.com.au and 07 3735 3057 or contact our Development Team at development@oq.com.au and 07 3735 3030.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible

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