ARTIST PROFILES for CafÉ Zimmermann IX

Bethany Hill Soprano
Simone Slattery BAROQUE Violin


Adelaide Baroque Orchestra


Soprano Bethany Hill has performed with State Opera of South Australia, Co-Opera, Gertrude Opera (VIC), and the award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers. She is a regular artist for the Adelaide Festival and Fringe, including performing in Barrie Kosky's Helpmann Award-winning production of Handel's Saul. For the 2018 Festival Bethany made her principal debut in Patch Theatre's Can You Hear Colour? Other roles include Pamina (The Magic Flute), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Dido (Dido & Aeneas), Sesto (La Clemeza di Tito) and Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte, National Tour).

Bethany has studied with Early Music Vancouver, at the University of British Columbia. In 2017 she performed in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, directed by Sophie Daneman of Les Arts Florissant, for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, and returned in 2018 as a featured artist. A performance highlight to date was performing Bach cantatas under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki in Nelson, NZ. Bethany is currently and Emerging Artist for the State Opera of South Australia. In August Bethany makes her Melbourne Recital Centre debut as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, with Ludovico’s Band.


Australian violinist Simone Slattery is one of the country’s most versatile young musicians and performers, with a passion for music from a wide range of eras. Her performances nationally and internationally, on both modern and baroque violin, have received critical acclaim. Simone has appeared as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician throughout Australia and overseas, and regularly performs with ensembles including the Australian Haydn Ensemble, the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Antipodes.

In 2012 Simone did a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, and from 2011 to 2014 was a Britten-Pears Young Artist and concertmaster of both the modern and baroque orchestras. She is the recipient of awards and scholarships from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, the Thomas Elder Overseas Fund, the Australian String Quartet and the Elder Conservatorium of Music; and in 2014 was a finalist for the prestigious Jumpstart Jr Organisation in Amsterdam. Simone is undertaking PhD studies at the University of Adelaide, where she is creating editions and recordings of the little known violin works of Ernest Bloch.

ADELAIDE BAROQUE continues to explore funding options to develop and sustain their new initiative the Adelaide Baroque Orchestra. Recent successes have included a concert at Ukaria with outstanding counter tenor Max Riebl in ‘Beasts & Battles’. As Advertiser critic Peter Burdon commented, ‘An extraordinary concert by extraordinary musicians. How lucky we are.’ The orchestra’s more recent involvement with “Les Plaisirs’ in the French Festival at the Dunstan Playhouse in January, saw the orchestra develop their credentials in iconic works from the French Baroque. Stephen Whittington wrote, ‘The Adelaide Baroque Orchestra admirably captured the spirit of the music as they revelled in the pleasure - le plaisir - of playing this lovely music that is so perfectly conceived for their instruments’