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Concert Series 2017

Mediterranean Baroque

Music of the Mediterranean has a long history, and has played an important role in the development of western and European music. The key themes of music from this region include intriguing harmonies and driving rhythms, often in dance form. This program will feature Aragonese Gaspar Sanz and other Spanish & Italian composers.

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Gaspar Sanz, Santiago de Murchia, Alonso Mudarra, Andrea Falconieri, Domenico Scarlatti, Salamone Rossi, Martin y Coll, Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz and other composers from Malta and Turkey

MUSICIANS

  • Hans-Dieter Michatz recorder
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Verna Lee harp
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

Hans-Dieter Michatz has been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training – his teachers included Ferdinand Conrad, recorder and Barthold Kuijken, baroque flute – and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, eg: as principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus, Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort.

Apart from his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche, he features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. As a conductor, he pioneered landmark premier performances of Handel Oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter is Classical Coordinator at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Grammar School.

He is also the patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. As part of annual engagements overseas he has joined the Sydney Consort in Germany, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltic States.

Verna Lee studied harp with June Loney, Alice Chalifoux, Alice Giles and Louise Johnson. As a soloist, she has toured Australia and performed many concertos (45 performances to date!) including 4 Australian premieres, most recently, Alwyn's Lyra Angelic. She performed Ravel's Introduction & Allegro with the Australian Youth Orchestra in 1996. Verna was awarded a grant for her multi-media performance "The Harp in Nature", part of which is featured in the 2014 World Harp Congress in July. Verna has worked and recorded with orchestras such as the Singapore Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet, Tasmanian Symphony, Adelaide Symphony, Australian Philharmonic and the Australian Youth Orchestra and with artists such as Aded Jones, Amelia Farrugia, Sumi Jo, the Kiev Ballet, Il Divo, the English National Ballet and Deutche Kammerakedemie Neuss.

Verna is the harpist featured in the movie "The Matrix". Outside of harp, she and her husband raise a panda-loving cellist and guitar-playing Lego fanatic.

Stabat Mater

Back by popular demand, this year’s Stabat Mater will be Giovanni Battista Pergolesi' composition. Although the Italian composer lived only a short time, he created some of the eighteenth century's most beloved works. Composed in the final weeks of Pergolesi's life, this masterpiece still touches many people today through its spellbinding depth and sorrowful harmony.

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Stabat Mater and Salve Regina by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

MUSICIANS

  • Josie Ryan soprano
  • Nicole Smeulders alto
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Julia Russoniello baroque violin
  • Valmai Coggins baroque viola
  • Laura Moore baroque cello
  • Monika Kornelharpsichord

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

Belinda Montgomery graduated in 1997 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Voice. She later studied with Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb in England and has since established a freelance career in Sydney, where she is particularly active as an early music specialist. She has appeared regularly with such ensembles as The Marais project, The Sydney Consort and Salut!Baroque. Solo engagements have included Bach Cantatas (The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Handel’s Dixit Dominus ((Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir), Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers (Sydney Chamber Choir) and Steve Reich’s Drumming (Synergy Percussion). In 2003 she gave the world premiere performance of Andrew Ford’s award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl.

As both a soloist and chorus member she has performed and recorded extensively with Cantillation, Australia's leading professional chorus. Belinda sang the role of Iris in Pinchgut Opera’s inaugural production, Handel’s Semele, in 2002 and has appeared as soloist and chorister in all subsequent productions. She has sung with the chorus of Opera Australia in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and also performed the role of first women in OzOpera’s Eternity Man, by Jonathan Mills, in the 2005 Sydney Festival. Recent performances have included Steve Reich’s Tehillim with Halcyon at Melbourne’s new Recital Centre as well as a guest soloist appearance with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Belinda was the soprano soloist for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in May, 2009.

Nicole Smeulders is a graduate of the NSW Conservatorium of music. She has twice been recipient of the Lauris Elms’ Contralto Award and has had an extensive career as a soloist, particularly in oratorio. Her most recent performances include recitals of Scarlatti Duets for Soprano, Alto and Harpsichord at Sydney University and the National Trust Property, Mahratta. Other performance repertoire has included Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Scarlatti’s Christmas Cantata, Caldara’s Vaticini di Pace (recorded live with the Sydney Consort for ABCFM), Mozart’s Requiem, Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, Tippett’s A Child of Our Time, JS and CPE Bach Magnificats, De Falla’s El Amor Brujo and numerous performances of the Haydn Nelson Mass, Vivaldi’s Gloria and the Messiah.

Nicole works regularly as a chorister for Opera Australia having performed in their most recent productions of Carmen and La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, as well as Aida,Turandot, Lakme and Fidelio. With Cantillation, she has performed on numerous CD’s and in concert. Engagements with them have included Rameau’s Castor and Pollux and Haydn’s opera L’anima del filosofo at Angel Place Recital Hall. She is currently preparing to sing with them again in Iphigenie en Tauride. Nicole has worked and toured with several prominent ensembles, including the ACO Voices, the Song Company and Hallelujah Junction.

1+2+3+4(Bach’s Concerti)

Following a widespread interest in last year’s multi-harpsichord performance, the ensemble will present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Concerti for 1, 2, 3 and for 4 harpsichords. The Sydney Consort welcomes back international keyboard virtuoso, Dr Michael Tsalka, who as part of this program will also perform Bach’s masterful concerto for a single harpsichord.

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Johann Sebastian Bach , Concerto for Harpsichord in F Minor BWV 1056 , Concerto for 2 Harpsichords in C Minor BWV 1062, Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in D Minor BWV 1063, Concerto for 4 Harpsichords A Minor BWV 1065

MUSICIANS

  • Monika Kornel harpsichord
  • Joanna Tondys harpsichord
  • Michael Tsalka harpsichord
  • Diana Westonharpsichord
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin
  • Meg Cohen baroque violin
  • Valmai Coggins baroque viola
  • Laura Moore baroque cello

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

Monika Kornel studied at the Torun State Conservatorium of Music (Poland), where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance. With her husband, violinist, Monika has performed extensively, giving violin and piano recitals in Europe and later in Australia. After furthering her studies at the Academy of Music in Lódz (Poland), Monika moved to Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and a Master of Music degree in performance in harpsichord and early music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. In 1998 she also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival, regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia. Monika has recorded six CD’s with the Sydney Consort and more with other ensembles, including Salut!Baroque and the Australian Baroque Brass among others.

Joanna Tondysstudied piano in her native Poland where she graduated with a Diploma of Music from the Music High School at Zdunska Wola. While studying there she became interested in early music. After moving to Australia she commenced her harpsichord studies with Monika Kornel and continued with Neal Peres da Costa at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2007 she received a scholarship from the University of Sydney to study at the Royal College of Music in London with harpsichordist Terence Charlston.  She completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) in June 2009.

Joanna's knowledge and experience in historical performance has grown by attending many music camps and masterclasses in both Australia and Europe. She has taken the opportunity to learn from such renowned musicians as Nicholas Parle, Rachel Brown, Jane Gower, Peter Holman, Ashley Solomon, Elisabeth Wallfisch and Jan Willem de Vriend.

She has performed continuo on both harpsichord and organ in Australia and Europe, including Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, New Cologne Philharmonia, RCM Baroque Orchestra, Tall Poppeas, Sounds Baroque, Sydney Consort, St James’ King St and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Joanna is always eager to discover and learn as much as she can about the music of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

Currently Joanna is working with Paul Dyer, Artistic Director of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, enjoying teaching harpsichord and looking after all the early keyboard instruments at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Early keyboard performer and pianistMichael Tsalka has won numerous prizes and awards in Europe, the U.S.A., the Middle East and Latin America. A versatile musician, he performs with equal virtuosity a wide span of repertoire from the early Baroque to our days on the harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, square piano, chamber organ and modern piano. Tsalka was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from Tel-Aviv University, he continued his studies in Germany and Italy. In 2001, he received a piano solo diploma from the Scuola Superiore Internazionale del Trio di Trieste, where he studied with Dario di Rosa. From 2002-2008, he studied at Temple University under the guidance of Joyce Lindorff, Harvey Wedeen, and Lambert Orkis. Tsalka holds three degrees from that institution: a Master’s degree in chamber music/accompanying, a Master’s degree in harpsichord performance and a Doctorate in piano performance. Other teachers included Sandra Mangsen, Klaus Schilde, Malcolm Bilson, and Charles Rosen.

Dr. Tsalka maintains a busy concert schedule. Recent engagements include performances at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Bellas Artes Theater in Mexico City, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, St. Denis Festival in Paris, Der Gasteig in Munich, Beethoven House in Bonn, the Volksbuehne Hall in Berlin, the Jerusalem Music Center, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and interviews and live performances for radio stations in Hong Kong, Chicago, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Munich, St. Petersburg, Beijing, Stockholm, Helsinki, Auckland, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, London, and Jerusalem.

From 2006 to 2015, he has been an artist-in-resident every July at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota (www.andersoncenter.org). Dr. Tsalka has recorded 15 CDs for labels such as Naxos, Grand Piano, Ljud & Bild (Stockholm), Brilliant Classics (Amsterdam) Paladino (Vienna), and IMI (Israel). Current and future recording projects include CDs dedicated to keyboard works by J. S. Bach, Daniel Gottlob Türk, Johann Baptist Wanhal, Carl Dittersdorf, Ferdinand Ries, Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn, Viktor Ullmann, Leonardo Coral, and Yehezkel Braun. Together with Dr. Angelica Minero Escobar, he is preparing a critical edition of Türk’s 30 keyboard sonatas for Artaria Editions in New Zealand (artaria.com). Sonatas 1–12 were published in 2013. Sonatas 13-24 will be published in 2016. Tsalka often collaborates with composers: In 2015-2017, he will perform sixteen world premieres dedicated to him by composers of fourteen different nationalities. Michael Tsalka has presented 75 master classes and lecture-recitals in academic institutions in all continents. Several of his scholarly articles have been published by music journals, including De Clavicordio(Italy), Piano Bulletin EPTA(Netherlands), Early Keyboard Journal and Early Music America (U.S.A.). He taught Temple University in Philadelphia, at the National Center for the Arts (Mexico), and Lilla Akademien (Stockholm). Currently, he is a visiting professor at Celaya Conservatory in Guanajuato, Mexico. In 2011, Tsalka was the artistic director of the Bach Festival, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, with presentation at Qingdao’s Grand Theatre and Wuhan’s Qintai Concert Hall. From 2012 to 2015, he was the co-artistic director of the Nordic Historical Keyboard Festival in Kuopio, Finland. In December 2014, he was the artist director of a mini-festival for the Dutch Embassy in Stockholm. From 2014, he is the artistic director of the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival, Netherlands (www.geelvinckfestival.nl). Dr. Tsalka currently resides in Valencia, Spain. www.michaeltsalka.co

Diana Weston is a musician living in Sydney. Since changing her career path from medicine to music, gaining her Masters in Music in 2008 with a study of harpsichord continuo styles, she has been involved with many musical activities and projects including festivals and concerts, operas and recitals. She is the director of the ensemble Thoroughbass which she formed in 2009. Thoroughbass is a group dedicated to the presentation of little-known early and contemporary music on period instruments. While the backbone of Thoroughbass is in early music, Diana routinely commissions and arranges contemporary music for the ensemble. In addition to her highly qualified regular players, Diana invites outstanding guest artists to participate in her concert series and provides opportunities for younger players.

Diana is a recording artist for Wirripang. She is also music director for Ondine Productions and a free-lance harpsichordist. She has commissioned a number of works by Australian composers for the group including Magpie Baby: A Childhood Suite by Nadje Noordhuis (2013), Flying West by Ann Carr-Boyd (2014), The Birch Tree by Elena Kats-Chernin (2014), Suite for Diana by Ann Carr-Boyd (2015) and Flutter-by, the Butterfly by May Howlett (2015).

Recordings include: Bach and Harmonious Euphony: Music for 2 harpsichords with Monika Kornel (2010), Blue Skies, Magpies and Goldfish: Music for harpsichord, recorders, voice and cello by Australian women composers (2013), Flying West: the music of Ann Carr-Boyd, a double CD (2014/15, published by Wirripang), The Birch Tree: music based on folktunes (2015). All recordings include works by Australian composers. Tracks from these recordings appear regularly on ABC Classic FM and other radio stations.

Major projects with Ondine Productions: Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina (2012 fully staged); Glass’ Akhnaten (2013, a scented opera), Legacies of Love and Loss: lieder recital with international soprano Claire Primrose (2013); Britten’s Phaedra/Gorecki’s Concerto for Harpsichord and String Orchestra (2014).

The Organ Recital

This is the Sydney Consort’s fourth annual Organ Recital. As is now a tradition, this concert is a fundraising event for the restoration of the 1886 William Hill heritage pipe organ at St Augustine’s Church.

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Johann Sebastian BACH, Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL, Tomaso VITALI, Felix MENDELSSHON, Robert AMPT, Theodore DUBOIS and more

MUSICIANS

  • Amy Johansen organ
  • Stan W Kornel violin

BIOGRAPHY

Amy Johansen was appointed Sydney University Organist in 1998. Her duties include performing at over sixty graduations and ceremonies annually in the University's splendid Great Hall, as well as overseeing and performing in the organ recital series. She is also an Honorary Carillonist at the University.

Born and educated in the United States, Ms Johansen earned the Bachelor of Music degree and Performer's Certificate in Organ at the University of Florida. She then obtained her Masters Degree from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Postgraduate study took her to London where she studied with Thomas Trotter, and Paris where she studied with Naji Hakim. Although her repertoire encompasses all periods of music, it was her first CD, The Embrace of Fire, devoted to the organ music of Naji Hakim, which initially brought her international acclaim. She has performed recitals in England, France, Norway, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

In July 2000, she organized the BACHATHLON: a performance of the complete organ works of J.S. Bach by 26 Sydney organists on the Great Hall organ at Sydney University.

In August 2000 she performed the organ part in Mahler's Symphony Nr. 8 - Symphony of a Thousand - in the Opening Concert of the Olympic Arts Festival, playing on the Sydney Town Hall organ while all of the other musicians were 16 kilometres away at the Homebush Superdome.

Ms Johansen has performed often as soloist and accompanist with Australian and foreign ensembles including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir and the Scottish National Orchestra Choir, with her performances broadcast on American Public Radio's Pipedreams, the ABC, and the BBC. Her recordings are available on the Move, Newington and Pro Organo labels. One of the CDs recorded by Move at Sydney University, showcases both the Great Hall organ and the University carillon (played by University Carillonist Jill Forrest), including two tracks in which the two instruments are combined, thanks to the wonders of clever technology. A solo organ CD, also recorded at the Great Hall, was released last year.

Performances in the past year have included organ recitals in Melbourne and Christchurch (NZ) Town Halls, as well as carillon recitals in the USA at the International Carillon Festival in Springfield, Illinois, and the University of Florida.

Ms Johansen is married to Sydney City Organist Robert Ampt, and together they have have developed two specialities - the playing of organ duets, and the presentation of children's 'Introduction to the Organ' programs. Their duet playing has included performances at the Town Halls of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Dunedin (NZ), as well as on the great organs at Methuen and San Diego's Balboa Park, both in the USA. Last year they appeared as the finale of the gala concerts celebrating the 25th birthday of the magnificent Ronald Sharp organ of the Sydney Opera House.

The Telemann Project

Some works of the baroque’s most notable composer, Georg Philipp Telemann are very much neglected still today. Tonight, the ensemble performs Telemann’s works from 1734, which appear to have never enjoyed a modern edition, including works from his collection of six concertos for harpsichord, obbligato and flute, as well as Trio Suites and Sonatinas for violin and continuo.

ENJOY MUSIC BY

Georg Philipp TELEMANN, Trio Sonata in G Minor & D Major, Concerto for recorder and harpsichord obbligato in A Major & A Minor, Suite for recorder, violin & basso continuo in B Minor, Duet for recorder & violin in G Major

MUSICIANS

  • Hans-Dieter Michatz recorder
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin & viola d’amore
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

Hans-Dieter Michatzhas been a performer and educator for more years than he cares to remember. His unique blend of a European background and training – his teachers included Ferdinand Conrad, recorder and Barthold Kuijken, baroque flute – and a deep affinity with modern Australian culture have influenced several generations of musicians in his adopted country. As a reputable player of modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with many Orchestras and Early Music groups, eg: as principal flute with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for many years, with Salut Baroque, Ensemble Ecclectus, Melbourne, and The Sydney Consort.

Apart from his acclaimed recording of Telemann’s ‘Sonate Metodiche, he features as principal recorder soloist in the ABC Classics recording of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. As a conductor, he pioneered landmark premier performances of Handel Oratorios and newly discovered works by J.D. Zelenka, as well as the first Australian performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Dixit Dominus’ RV 807. Hans-Dieter is Classical Coordinator at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Grammar School.

He is also the patron of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players and his work as an arranger of symphonic repertoire for recorder orchestra has been published by MOECK, Germany. As part of annual engagements overseas he has joined the Sydney Consort in Germany, Luxembourg, Scandinavia, Poland and the Baltic States.

Born in CanberaStan W Kornel began his violin studies with renowned French violinist Josette Esquidin–Morgan. He later studied with Ernest Lewellyn at the Canberra School of Music. After studying with several teachers in Poland, Stan finalized his Master Degree in Lodz with professor Zenon Ploszaj. In 1976 he was awarded the bronze medal in the International Henryk Wieniawski Youth Competition. He was also placed second in the Pomeranian Violin Competition. Stan has also participated in the International Music Camp in Umea (Sweden) where he performed both as concertmaster and in concert with the Oslo Trio, and also the Jeunesses Musicale World Youth Orchestra in London and Fribourg (Switzerland). Stan was the assistant concertmaster of The Pomeranian Philharmonic Orchestra, leader of the Torun Chamber Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the TV and Radio Symphony Orchestra in Lodz (Poland).

In 1985 Kornel moved to Italy where he worked in opera theatres such as la Scala in Milan, La Fenice in Venice and the Verona Amphitheatre during the famous Summer Festival. Stan has worked both as a soloist and leader in many prestigious orchestras and has been a permanent member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1988. He is a soloist and leader with the Gallery Players Chamber Ensemble and has performed in numerous concerts in NSW, Queensland and Canberra on both violin and viola.

Stan has recorded on CD contemporary works by D.Holland, A.Holley and D.Strahan. Stan also plays the viola d’amore, a 14string baroque instrument and in 1995 performed two of Vivaldi’s viola d’amore concertos with the Torun Chamber Orchestra in Poland. He has studied the instrument with Catherine Mackintosh in London and baroque violin with Sigiswald Kuijken in The Hague. In 2006 Stan received an award from the Polish Ministry for the Arts for his contribution of promoting Polish music and culture in Australia. In 2007 Stan adjudicated in an international jury panel at the Singapore Violin Competition and recently in the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Monika Kornel studied at the Torun State Conservatorium of Music (Poland), where she received her Diploma in Music and Piano Performance. With her husband, violinist, Monika has performed extensively, giving violin and piano recitals in Europe and later in Australia. After furthering her studies at the Academy of Music in Łódź (Poland), Monika moved to Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Music degree in piano and a Master of Music degree in performance in harpsichord and early music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Monika performs regularly as both soloist and continuo player with a number of well known ensembles and orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Willoughby Orchestra, SBS Orchestra, the St Laurence Baroque Orchestra, Marais Project, Salut!Baroque. In 1998 she also appeared in the Sydney Bach Festival, regularly participating in major music festivals and concerts in Australia. Monika has recorded six CD’s with the Sydney Consort and more with other ensembles, including Salut!Baroque and the Australian Baroque Brass among others.

Baroque Cuisine

The last concert of 2017 features a selection of baroque masterpieces. The Sydney Consort welcomes back international baritone virtuoso, David Greco for this special performance. Love, desire and humour will be on show in these baroque compositions full of extraordinary musical vitality.

ENJOY MUSIC BY

Arcangelo Corelli, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg F. Handel, Jean Philippe Rameau, Pancrace Royer and others

MUSICIANS

  • Belinda Montgomery soprano
  • David Greco countertenor & baritone
  • Stan W Kornel baroque violin & viola d’amore
  • Shaun Ng viola da gamba & theorbo
  • Monika Kornel harpsichord

BIOGRAPHY

SOLOISTS

Belinda Montgomerygraduated in 1997 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) in Voice. She later studied with Emma Kirkby and Evelyn Tubb in England and has since established a freelance career in Sydney, where she is particularly active as an early music specialist. She has appeared regularly with such ensembles as The Marais project, The Sydney Consort and Salut!Baroque. Solo engagements have included Bach Cantatas (The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra), Handel’s Dixit Dominus ((Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir), Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem and Solemn Vespers (Sydney Chamber Choir) and Steve Reich’s Drumming (Synergy Percussion). In 2003 she gave the world premiere performance of Andrew Ford’s award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl.

As both a soloist and chorus member she has performed and recorded extensively with Cantillation, Australia's leading professional chorus. Belinda sang the role of Iris in Pinchgut Opera’s inaugural production, Handel’s Semele, in 2002 and has appeared as soloist and chorister in all subsequent productions. She has sung with the chorus of Opera Australia in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and also performed the role of first women in OzOpera’s Eternity Man, by Jonathan Mills, in the 2005 Sydney Festival. Recent performances have included Steve Reich’s Tehillim with Halcyon at Melbourne’s new Recital Centre as well as a guest soloist appearance with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Belinda was the soprano soloist for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in May, 2009.

A truly international singer, Australian-born baritone David Greco has been based in the Netherlands and Germany for the last 8 years. David has regularly sung throughout Europe’s finest concert halls, including Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Vienna Konzerthaus, London Royal Festival Hall, last year making his debut at the Royal Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

He has been engaged by some of the most exceptional opera companies, appearing regularly at Festival Aix-en Provence in France with Freiburg Barokorchester, and at Glyndebourne Festival Opera with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He has toured throughout Europe extensively with orchestras The Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr and Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman.

Since first appearing with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in 2003, David has been engaged frequently as a soloist with the nation’s flagship orchestras and ensembles, including the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Pinchgut Opera. In 2015 David was given the honour of being the first singer to work with the Australia’s all period classical orchestra, the Australian Haydn Ensemble.

In April last year, he was invited to perform Aaneas in Purcell’s Dido & Aaneas in Leo Schofield’s newly formed Brisbane Baroque Festival. This year he has been invited back to the festival to sing King Arthur of Purcell.

Whilst in the UK David was bass Lay Clark at Westminster Abbey Choir, and was given the privilege to sing with the Sistine Chapel Choir in Rome throughout 2014.

Recent engagements include Wagner in Gounod’s Faust in a co-production with Lyric Opera Chicago in the Macau International Music Festival and concerts tours throughout Switzerland, Germany, Holland and France.

2016 sees David’s debut as a principle artist with Opera Australia in Prokopiev’s The Love of Three Oranges & The Eighth Wonder. He will also feature in concerts with Sydney Symphony, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Sydney Chamber Choir In May David will perform Pergoloesi's La Serva Padrona and Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle for Canberra International Music Festival.

David’s Naxos Recording debut was recently released ‘Poems of Love & War’, featuring arias by the late New Zealand composer, Jack Body.