Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Hayley Sugars - Soprano, Opera Queensland

Hayley Sugars - soprano

Hayley Sugars studied at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), graduating with a Bachelor of Music (1998) and a Bachelor of Music Honours (1999).

In 2007, she completed her Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU).

Hayley has performed in USQ productions of The Magic Flute (First Lady), Acis and Galatea (Galatea), Iolanthe (Phyllis), Dido and Aeneas (Dido), The Marriage of Figaro (Countess Almaviva) and Così fan tutte (Fiordiligi).

For QCGU, she performed in productions of Orpheus and Eurydice (Eurydice), Les mamelles de Tirésias (Thérèse), Albert Herring (Miss Wordsworth) and The Magic Flute (Queen of Night).

Hayley has been the recipient of the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship (which allowed her to study in the UK and the USA for six months in 2002) and a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Scholarship (2004 and 2006).

In 2006, she won the National Lieder Competition, was a finalist in The National Operatic Aria Competition and The Australian National Oratorio Competition, and finished second in the South-East Aria Competition.

In 2007, she was a semi-finalist in the Herald Sun Aria Competition.

In 2005 and 2006, Hayley performed as a member of Opera Queensland’s Chorus in productions of The Marriage of Figaro and Romeo and Juliet, respectively.

As a member of the company’s 2007 Developing Artist Program, she understudied the roles of Mother, Witch and Sandman in the chamber opera production of Hansel & Gretel and was a member of the Moving Opera! team.

As a 2008 Young Artist, Hayley will cover the roles of Queen of Night and Second Lady and also sing in the ensemble of the company’s production of The Magic Flute.

On the concert platform, she has appeared with The Queensland Choir, The Queensland Orchestra, Noosa Chorale, Toowoomba Philharmonic Society and the USQ Chamber Choir and Singers.

Her repertoire includes Mozart’s Exsultate, Jubilate and Requiem, Brahms’ German Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Creation and Poulenc’s Gloria.

Last year, she performed Carmina Burana at the inaugural International Bonyi Youth Music Festival (at Brisbane’s Queensland Performing Arts Centre).

She has also sung in masterclasses for Richard Miller, Neil Semer and Richard Bonynge.

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