|Zara Barrett (soprano)
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One of Australia's most exciting operatic singers to emerge in recent years, soprano Zara Barrett graduated from the Post Graduate Course of the NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO in London in 1996, from the Young Artistsí Program of GLIMMERGLASS OPERA, at the OBERLIN CONSERVATORY in Ohio in 2001 and was a member of the Young Artistsí Program at the PITTSBURGH OPERA CENTRE from 2001 to 2003.
She has studied voice with Richard Miller, Anthea Moller, Kathleen Kelly, Lauran Gilley, Bonnie Koestner, David Harper, Narelle French and Norma Marschke.
Zara Barrett made her operatic debut in 1995, singing the role of Lady Dunnmow in Lennox Berkleyís A DINNER ENGAGEMENT for STOPERA.
In 1998 she was cast as Mimi in NEW ZEALAND OPERAís Wellington season of LA BOHEME.
During 1999 and 2000, for the OBERLIN CONSERVATORY in Ohio, she appeared as Masha in Richard Wargoís THE MUSIC SHOP and as Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI.
For GLIMMERGLASS OPERA she appeared, and understudied, Veronica in JP Sousaís THE GLASS BLOWERS and as Mimi in LA BOHEME both during 2000 and the role of the Female Chorus in Brittenís THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA in 2001.
Between 2001 and 2003, her performances and understudying engagements for the PITTSBURGH OPERA CENTRE included a return to the role of Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI, Micaela in CARMEN, the First Nursemaid and Anna Maurant in STREET SCENE, the leading soprano role of Amelia in Verdiís UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Vitellia in Mozartís LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHTíS DREAM, the Fourth Maidservant in Richard Straussí ELEKTRA, the role of Lucy in THE THREEPENNY OPERA and Musetta in LA BOHEME.
On returning to Australia, she was engaged by OPERA AUSTRALIA to sing the role of The Witch in its NSW Schools Company production of HANSEL & GRETEL during 2006.
During 2007 and 2008, she was engaged by both the STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA and OPERA QUEENSLAND to understudy its principal dramatic soprano roles including Abigaille in Verdiís NABUCCO and the title role in Pucciniís TURANDOT.
Zara is also widely experienced as a concert and oratorio singer. She appeared in opera concerts for the NATIONAL OPERA STUDIO in Leeds and in Wales during 1996 and was soprano soloist for the ST MARYíS CATHEDRAL CHOIR in Sydney, in performances of the Verdi REQUIEM, Haydnís TEMPORE BELLI and Mozartís EXULTATE JUBILATE during 1997. In 1998 and 1999 she was engaged by the CANBERRA SCHOOL OF MUSIC as soprano soloist for Brittenís SPRING SYMPHONY and for performances of Richard Straussí FOUR LAST SONGS. She appeared as soloist in Verdiís REQUIEM, in Szymanovskyís STABAT MATER OPUS 53 and in the Poulenc GLORIA, all for OBERLIN CONSERVATORY during 2001.
She joined the cast of the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE production of JERRY SPRINGER-THE OPERA during 2009.
During 2010 she appeared as Aida for OPERA QUEENSLAND's widely acclaimed production of AIDA (directed by Graeme Murphy).
In May 2011 for the same company, she appeared in the lead soprano role of Minnie, in Pucciniís LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST.
Zara recently performed in a concert production of Turandot with the Melbourne Opera singing the title role, with Rosario La Spina in the role of Calaf. In October 2011 she was back in Brisbane again to understudy Cheryl Barker's Tosca for OQ.