Victory Cast

Simon Lobelson

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Born in Sydney of Egyptian parents and brought up in Brussels, Simon Lobelson gained his Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney and completed his Opera Diploma with distinction at The Royal College of Music on scholarship under Roderick Earle, with further studies under Sir Donald McIntyre, and continued his career in the United Kingdom for 9 years. He is fluent in almost four European languages; has sung in many masterclasses for some of the most revered names in the opera world; is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships; and has since worked as a soloist in Australia, the Middle East, New Zealand, Asia, the United Kingdom and Europe.

Simon has performed over 70 operatic roles, having worked with companies such as The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Chelsea Opera Group, Pinchgut Opera, English Touring Opera, Buxton Festival, Longborough Festival Opera, Iford Festival Opera, Valladolid Opera, The European Opera Centre, The Classical Opera Company, Canberra International Music Festival, Sydney Chamber Opera, The Young Vic, British Youth Opera, Swansea City Opera and The Opera Project in a wide range operatic roles including Escamillo, Rigoletto, Alberich, Amfortas, Germont, Marcello, Ford, Aeneas, both Rossini’s and Mozart’s Figaro, Don Alfonso, Guglielmo, Masetto, Papageno, Osmin in Zaide, Michele in Il T abarro, Claudio in Beatrice et Benedict, Quinalt in Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Nottingham in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux, Mittenhofer in Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers, the title role in Smetanin’s Mayakovsky, Spencer Coyle in the Australian premiere of Owen Wingrave (winning Time Out Sydney’s Best Opera Award 2013) , Harry Easter in an Evening Standard Award-winning production at the Young Vic of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, Ramiro in Ravel’s L’heure espagnole, The Pirate King and also covered major roles for Royal Opera House Covent Garden and English National Opera. He has worked with such renowned directors as Jean-Claude Auvray, Ian Judge, John Copley, Bruno Ravella, Melly Still, Cheryl Barker and Jude Kelly.

On the concert platform, highlights have included Haydn’s Creation and Nelson Mass with the Israel Camerata and London Mozart Players under Simon Halsey, Berio’s Sinfonia under Pierre Boulez for the Lucerne Festival, Gubaidulina’s Jetzt immer Schnee with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Reinbert de Leeuw and again under Daniel Reuss for the Lucerne Festival, Elijah (bass 1) with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Paul McCreesh, Paul Stanhope’s Jandamarra with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Ascension Oratorio alongside James Bowman, Duruflé’s Requiem and Gounod’s Messe Sollonelle at St. Johns Smith Square London, Messiah with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C minor with the English Chamber Orchestra, Messiah, A Sea Symphony, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Elijah, Carmina Burana and Rameau’s Les Grands Motets, Bach’s Johannes-Passion and Duruflé Requiem with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and in venues such as The Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall, St. Marys Cathedral, Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Cadogan Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Sydney Town Hall, Handel House, St. John’s Smith Square, Brighton Festival, LSO St. Lukes, York Minster, Sydney Town Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and New Year’s Day Concerts and Opera Galas all over China with the Kent Sinfonia for the OLA Asia Group. He has also sung with some of England and Australia’s finest ensembles, including Song Company, ACO Voices, Cantillation, BBC Singers and London Voices.

Current and recent projects include Creonte in Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under Richard Bonynge, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Israel in Egypt with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs at the Sydney Opera House, Pascal Dusapin’s Passion for the Sydney Festival, Puccini Messa di Gloria and excerpts from Tosca (Scarpia) with New Zealand’s Napier Civic Choir and Hawkes Bay Orchestra, Victory Over the Sun for Sydney Chamber Opera and the Sydney Biennale, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly for Opera Projects, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and CPE Bach Magnificat with Sydney University Graduate Choir, the title role in the world premiere of Michael Smetanin’s Mayakovsky and Symonds’ Notes from Underground for Sydney Chamber Opera, Walton’s Façade, and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in the UK for Bury Court Opera.

His recordings include The Sofa for Chandos, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Nicolai Mass for Israel Camerata, Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Charpentier’s David et Jonathas for ABC Classics; broadcasts for Classic FM, Fine Music FM, Foxtel and BBC Radio 3; on soundtracks to exhibitions at both the Australian and British Museums, and on the inflight soundtrack for British Airways and Qantas flights. Simon is also a lecturer and coach at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, a judge for the Sydney Eisteddfod, has coached for Pinchgut Opera and has given masterclasses in both Australia and China. For more information, please visit Connaught Artists (World Representation), Diva Management (Australasia) or www.simonlobelson.com

Jessica O’Donoghue

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Jessica is an extremely experienced and versatile artist with a Bachelor of Music from The University of Sydney and a Diploma of Opera from the Victorian College of the Arts. She was a Young Artist with Opera Queensland where she performed extensively as a principal artist and soloist for numerous operas, concerts, and national tours. Roles include Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Gretel in the touring production of Hansel & Gretel, the Sandman / Dew Fairy in the main stage production of Hansel & Gretel, Hero / Aphrodite in premier season of Richard Mills’ new opera The Love of the Nightingale and Adele in Die Fledermaus. During this time Jessica also spent four months as a guest Young Artist at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London) where she worked with some of the world’s best singers and conductors.

In 2012 Jessica performed and recorded the leading role of Orlenda in the new circus opera The Carnival written by Chloe Charody which had two sell out seasons on West End and at the Fliegende Bauten Spiegeltent in Hamburg, Germany. The Carnival continues to feature at major festivals and corporate functions around Australia and Internationally.

In 2013 Jessica sang the UK National Anthem at the SCG for the Ashes Cricket Series. She was also a solo vocalist in the contemporary music/dance show AM I, which had a sell out season at the Sydney Opera House in January 2014 as part of the Sydney Festival before featuring at APAM (Australian Performing Arts Market), the Adelaide Festival Theatre for the Adelaide Arts Festival and the Malthouse in Melbourne.

In 2014 Jessica made her debut appearance with the Sydney Chamber Opera Company singing the leading role of Lili in Michael Smetanin’s new opera Mayakovsky, as well as performing in the latest concert series at Sydney Universty’s Great Hall with renowned early music group The Renaissance Players. Jessica also featured in Carols in the Domain with other OA soloists.

In 2015 Jessica had three international tours throughout Europe and Asia with the AM I show and recorded and performed the new circus opera ‘Le Banquet’ written by Australian composer Chloe Charody. She also wrote and recorded her debut solo EP to be released in 2016.

Mitchell Riley

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Mitch is an Artistic Associate with Sydney Chamber Opera.Recently in 2016, Mitch performed in the Australian premieres of two works by the pre-eminent French composer Pascal Dusapin as part of the Sydney Festival:Passion, in a production by Pierre Audi, and O Mensch!, a staged song-cycle for baritone and piano. He has given the Australian premiere of György Kurtág’s …pas à pas – nulle part… in a world-first staging for the 2014 Sydney Festival, performed the role of Blazes/Officer 2 in The Lighthouse by Peter Maxwell Davies (2012), premiered lead roles in stage works by Australian composers Elliott Gyger (Jim in Fly Away Peter – 2015 – Melbourne Festival), Michael Smetanin (Lenin/Stalin in Mayakovsky – 2014) and Jack Symonds (Parsifal in Climbing Toward Midnight – 2013, Nunc Dimittis – 2011, Aboveground Man in Notes from Underground – 2011) and in 2012 he performed at the 18th Biennale of Sydney in Through The Gates, a semi-staged song cycle which took place amid the installations of Belgian artist Honoré δ’O. In 2014, Mitch performed a number of Mediaeval and Renaissance programs with The Renaissance Players. Since 2011, Mitch has regularly performed in the chorus of Opera Australia. He has a Bachelor of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In October 2016, Mitch will commence studies at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq.

Sarah Toth

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Sarah Toth, soprano, is an international performer of opera, recital, and oratorio. In 2014, she made her Sydney Symphony Orchestra debut as Vierte Magd and Die Vertraute in Strauss’s Elektra, sharing the stage with Christine Goerke and Cheryl Barker. She has performed numerous other operatic roles including Mozart’s Countess, Donna Anna, and Second Lady; Mimì in Opera New England’s production of La bohème; and Zveryeva in Sydney Chamber Opera’s world premiere of Mayakovsky. She has been the soprano soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, Daugherty’s What’s That Spell, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. Later this year, Sarah will be the soprano soloist in von Suppé’s Requiem with the Sydney University Graduate Choir.

Sarah was a Reserve Finalist in the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award Competition in 2015, a Semi-finalist in the McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition in 2013, and a first-place winner at the Finger Lakes Regional NATS competition. Prior to completing a Masters of Music in Opera Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia, Sarah earned degrees in voice from both Greenville College (Illinois) and Ithaca College (New York).

Hannah Cox

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Hannah began performing at eleven years of age, when she played a questionable rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ on the trumpet at a local eisteddfod. Since then, she has partaken in productions with the Jakarta Opera, (Loro Jonggrang Dir. Ian Pierson 2012), the Sydney Fringe (Chairs Dir. Clemmence Williams 2014) The Sydney University Dramatic and Musical Societies, (The Removalists Dir. Robert Boddington 2015, Agamemnon Dir. Pierce Wilcox 2015, Nine Dir. Jonathan Rush 2015) The Jetpack Theatre Collective (Pea Green Dir. Jim Fishwick 2015) MetroScreen (Teather Dir. Chelsea Thistlewaite 2015) and ATYP (War Crimes Dir. Alex Evans 2015). Earlier this year Hannah, along with the cast and crew of War Crimes (ATYP), went on to win the 2015 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Production for Young People, in addition to receiving a nomination for Best Ensemble.

Victory Over the Sun will be Hannah’s first performance with the Sydney Chamber Opera. She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

Danielle Maas

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Danielle is a multidisciplinary performance practitioner who has presented works in theatres, a warehouse, an art gallery, a ballroom, a bar, a library, a basement, a pier, a reservoir garden, a former prison, an abandoned supermarket, and a bedroom blanket fort in Sydney, Adelaide and cities throughout the United Kingdom. As an actor, she balances classic repertoire (Metamorphoses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blood Wedding) with devised projects as writer/performer (Prototype (Phase 1), Two 38, Say Hello First). Her first play, Country Matters, won a 2011 Sydney Fringe Award for Excellence: Devised Work, and was subsequently picked up for a revival in Women, Power and Culture: Then & Now at the New Theatre that same year. She holds a M.A. Advanced Theatre Practice (Distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, a Bachelor of Performance from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, and a Diploma of Theatre Performance from Sydney Theatre School; she is also the recipient of a dramaturgy internship at Playwriting Australia, a residency with the Live Art Development Agency & Create Dublin, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award. Danielle will next work as a telematic performer in a collaboration with Romanian director Marina Hanganu in June 2016, and as dramaturg on SCO’s new production of Notes From Underground in August 2016.

Eleni Schumacher

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Eleni Schumacher, a Sydney-based actor and theatre-maker, is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School in New York City. Whilst in New York she appeared in independent feature film Night and a Switchblade. She holds a Bachelor of Global and International Studies from the University of Sydney. Schumacher appeared in several independent theatre productions and (Factory Space, Rough Hewn) and film, television and radio (Deadly Women, Triple J Unearthed/NIDA, ABC Radio National), television commercials, and has appeared in several independent films (SchadenfreudeEarth Hour Projects) as well as performing in immersive theatrical production Details Unknown for Penguin Plays Rough and Sydney Living Museums (Dir. James Dalton). She appeared in Dead Timeat 107 Projects in May 2015.

Eleni writes and devises for theatre, having written and performed developments of original work for GrifFRINGE, and a stage adaptation of a short story Singing My Sister Down (Margo Lanagan), and co-devised and produced an adaptation of Marivaux’s The Island of Slaves (Great Island at 107 Projects, director Pierce Wilcox). She has also performed with Zin Collective for Underbelly Arts Festival, and with Volta Collective (Camenzind at Redfern Pavilion and Creditors at Verge Arts Festival). She is a regular performer atLittle Fictions at Knox Street Bar for Spineless Wonders publishing. She is due to perform in a NSW schools touring production of Alice in Wonderland and Gold! with Blaxland and Daughters in May.

Eleni is represented by Ignite Elite Artists.

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