Valda Wilson (Theodora)
I had a year with a LOT of travelling: back and forth to Australia three times for Theodora, then a circus opera in Sydney in which I sang while bouncing around in a bungee harness with acrobats, contortionists and a fire-breathing violinist, and Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Marko Letonja and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. I was also singing Vitellia in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito in Ulm, Germany - and was then asked by the same company to be their Aida for their summer outdoor production. It's been a great year of contrasts. Then a couple of big arena Carmina Buranas in Austria and Bavaria, and now I have started my position in the soloist ensemble of the Saarlaendisches Staatstheater where this year I'm singing Musetta, First Lady in Die Zauberfloete, and Fiordiligi.
Caitlin Hulcup (Irene)
Caitlin has had a busy year with engagements taking her from Sydney in December 2016 to Perth, Hong Kong, London, Beijing and the Newbury Spring Festival in Berkshire in 2017. Also, Caitlin and her husband moved to Oxford, where she is started on vocal staff at the Royal Academy of Music London in August.
Christopher Lowrey (Didymus)
For my part, I'm just about to start work at English National Opera on a revival production of Rodelinda singing Unulfo. It's my dream to sing Bertarido one day, but Unulfo is also an amazing role and I know it will be a huge challenge. In this production, he has a soft-shoe dance number on treadmills! Simultaneous to Rodelinda, I'm going to be covering at ENO the role of Terry in Nico Muhly's brand new opera Marnie. It's been a year of brand new opera for me, as I worked on the premiere of Brett Dean's new opera Hamlet over the summer at Glyndebourne. The Muhly is pretty challenging, but compared to Hamlet it's a nursery rhyme. After ENO I'm singing some Bach cantatas at the Philharmonie de Paris with Ensemble Pygmalion. Then in the new year, I'm singing Medoro in a concert performance of Orlando in London with La Nuova Musica, then heading back to Adelaide to do a revival of Hamlet with the whole Australian team (Brett Dean, Neal Armfield, Alice Babidge, Ralph Myers). After that it's off to the Göttingen Handel Festival to sing the title role in Arminio, and then I have two concert tours with Les Talens Lyriques, one of a strange version of Rinaldo in which I sing Argante, and then I'm doing Pergolesi Stabat Mater with soprano Sandrine Piau, one of my all-time heroes. If all goes to plan we're recording it next autumn, and I'm excited but definitely shaking in my boots!
Andrew Collis (Valens)
Since Theodora, I have had a largely comic year with productions of The Mikado (in NZ), Ruddigore (at OQ), The Merry Widow (OQ/ Queensland Music Festival) and coming up are productions of Don Pasquale (SOSA/Elder Con. co-pro), a tour of Ruddigore and another Merry Widow. There is also a Don Giovanni coming up at OQ and, on the serious side there was a Pearl Fishers early in the year and there is a QSO Messiah on the horizon (with Erin) and a Beethoven 9 next year in Adelaide with the ASO. So... hanging on grim death!