Episode 4 Guest Mentor: Sally-Anne Russell

Mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell

Our guest mentor on The Talent tonight is renowned mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell.

Sally-Anne has performed in twenty countries in more than 70 operatic roles and has recorded 40 CDs / DVDs with the ABC Classics, CHANDOS, NAXOS and DECCA labels. Her awards include an ARIA for Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Sara Macliver and nominations for Young Australian of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year, Green Room and Helpmann Awards.

A prolific exponent of early and Baroque repertoire her Handel operas include Alcina, Julius Caesar, Semele, Xerses as well as 30 additional  principal roles, all for Opera Australia. On the concert platform over 180 performances of Messiah, all Haydn Masses, all Bach Passions and Cantatas. Handel oratorios: Judas Maccabeus, Joshua, Solomon, Esther, Theodora, Hercules, Dixit Dominus, Belshazzar, Israel in Egypt, Jeptha and Lucretia in Japan, USA, Canada, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Australia. Other works range from the operas of Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Purcell and Mozart through to Adams’ Nixon In China and many of the Rossini heroines.

Sally-Anne has performed with all the Australian Opera Companies and Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, Musica Viva and all the major Festivals; internationally with Washington National Opera, Spoleto Festival (Italy) and Cologne Opera and a 10 year association as resident Alto Soloist with the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

Recent highlights include recording with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Soundz New Zealand, an Australian tour for Victorian Opera / Musica Viva of Voyage to the Moon, concerts with Sumi Jo and with Melbourne, Sydney, West Australian, Tasmanian, Auckland, Christchurch and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Rossini Stabat Mater, Beethoven Mass in CRomeo and Juliet with Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and concerts throughout Austria. 2021 Engagements include Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream for Adelaide Festival and Beethoven 9 in New Zealand.

Sally-Anne is a member of the Kathaumixw Festival International Artistic Council in Canada, the Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna and is co-artistic director the Albury Chamber Music Festival. Sally-Anne is proudly sponsored by the Bee Family Foundation.

Join us for The Talent tonight at 7pm! Tune in on 103.5FM, or stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au

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