Episode 8: soprano Piera Dennerstein

Soprano Piera Dennerstein. Photo credit: Daniel Spellman

Our second performer for Episode 8 is soprano Piera Dennerstein!

As the live-performance scene in Australia reawakens Piera has joined the roster of Artist Bookings Agency and become a member of the Victorian Opera Chorus. She has also joined the legendary Finucane & Smith in their triumphant return to the stage at Luna Park, Melbourne. She looks forward to presenting her first Jazz and Blues programme as part of Midsumma Festival in May.

2020 began with Piera securing a place on 3MBS Radio’s The Talent programme. She also performed for the second time at the Melbourne Recital Centre for the 3MBS Marathon. Throughout the lockdown, Piera performed regularly in online salons for Finucane & Smith, including in a lineup featuring Australian living legend Paul Kelly.

In 2019 Piera performed her first leading role in a grand opera: Adina in GBD Productions’ tour of L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti. The second half of the year was spent engaged with the legendary Finucane & Smith as a guest artist in international performances of The Rapture and The Rapture Chapter II. She continues to perform regularly at corporate events, particularly for Vavachi Productions and Entertainment International.

In the first half of 2018, Piera travelled to France to take her place at the Fabrique Lyrique Operatic Young Artist program in Bourges where she played the Coquette in the world premiere of Fêtes et Cendres. The second half of 2018 had her in China, performing as Constanze Mozart in the children’s show Magical Mozart for Australian International Productions. She reprised this role in 2019 due to the success of the initial production.

In 2017, Piera covered the title role in L’incoronazione di Poppea for Lyric Opera of Melbourne. The year prior, she toured China playing the Second Spirit and covering Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with the Australian International Opera Company. In addition, Piera performed the roles of Virtù and Pallade in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Trentino Music Festival in The Dolomites in Italy. She also toured a mixed genre program in regional Victoria with associate artist Pamela Christie.

Piera will perform:
– Puccini: “Musetta’s Waltz” from La Bohème
– Bizet: Michaëla’s Aria from Carmen
– Rachel Lewindon: “Aria of the Krill” from The Rapture Chapter II

Hear Piera 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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