Episode 8: soprano Esther Counsel

Soprano Esther Counsel. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Just three more heats left for Season 1 of The Talent 2021! Next week is Episode 8, and it’s going to be one for the opera lovers!

Our first performer is soprano Esther Counsel.

Praised for her “Melting vocal technique” (Operachaser) and “Expressive largesse” (Limelight magazine), Esther is an emerging young spinto soprano.  

Esther is currently completing a Master of Opera Performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She is also a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where she completed a Bachelor of Music (Classical performance) and a Graduate Diploma (Vocal performance). In 2021 Esther will be attending the State Opera of South Australia Summer Opera Academy, during which she will perform Mimi in La bohème (Puccini) and Tina in Flight (Dove) in an opera scenes showcase.

In 2020 Esther performed the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica as well as First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Some of Esther’s previous roles in operas and scenes include Lady Billows in Albert Herring (Britten), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten), Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni (Mozart), Diana in Orfée aux enfers (Offenbach)Antonia Les contes d’Hoffman (Offenbach), Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss).

Esther will perform:
– Richard Strauss: Die Nacht
– Debussy: Beau Soir
– Puccini: “Si, Mi chiamano Mimi” from La Bohème
– Andre Previn: “I want magic!” from A Streetcar Named Desire

Hear Esther perform on The Talent on Tuesday, 4 May! Tune in at 7pm to 103.5FM 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, or stream the live broadcast at 3mbs.org.au.

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