|Rosamund Illing (soprano)
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Rosamund Illing is one of Australia's most distinguished operatic artists. Her career spans the breadth of the repertoire for lyric soprano in opera, symphony and song. She has performed to critical acclaim in England, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia.
After completing her Bachelor of Music (with Honours) at the University of Adelaide, Ms Illing returned to her native England to study at the National Opera Studio in London and the Britten Pears School at Aldeburgh.
Her awards include the Gold Award in the Benson and Hedges Competition, and a scholarship from the Royal Society of Arts for further study in Italy. Her teachers have included Tito Gobbi, Geoffrey Parsons, Eric Vietheer, Sir Peter Pears, Janice Chapman, David Harper, and Ettore Campogalianni (the noted teacher of Luciano Pavarotti and Mirella Freni).
On the concert platform she has performed with Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Mariner, Sir Georg Solti, Gustav Kuhn and Richard Bonynge in association with many of the great orchestras. Her concert repertoire ranges from Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria to Mahler’s Symphonies 2, 4 and 8, Strauss’sFour Last Songs and the Verdi Requiem.
Ms Illing’s operatic repertoire embraces almost the entire spectrum of great soprano roles from the baroque to verismo: Alcina, Abigaille, Donna Anna, Elettra, Vitellia, Gilda, Norina, Marguerite, Amelia, Cio Cio san, Liu, Mimi, Nedda and more.
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Ms Illing has recently recorded the title role in Saint-Saëns’s Hélène (Melba recordings, 2008) to critical acclaim.
In September 2008, Ms Illing travelled to Wales to teach at the Cardiff International Academy of Voice which is attached to Cardiff University, at the invitation of the director, Dennis O’Neill CBE.
Students at the Academy work individually with coaches and repetiteurs drawn form the cream of teachers throughout the world, including Illeana Cotrubas, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sheryl Milnes. She then went to London to teach at the RAM Opera course.
•Green Room Award (Australian Arts Community, Best Female Performance in a Leading Role), Micaëla in Carmen and Mme. Lidoine in Dialogues of the Carmelites
•Green Room Award Nomination (2001), Best Female Performance in a Leading Role, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra
•Emmy Award, Best International Opera Production, Musetta in La Boheme, Australian Opera
•Gold Award, Benson & Hedges Competition for Concert Singers