ARTIST PROFILES - VARIOUS PEOPLE INC
BETHANY, ALEX and KATE FEATURE IN WINTER WARMERS - SUNDAY SOIRÉE
AT LA BOHEME, 36 GROTE STREET ON SUNDAY 22 JULY, 3PM
Soprano Bethany Hill has performed with State Opera of South Australia, Co-Opera (touring nationally), Gertrude Opera (VIC), and the award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers.
She is a regular artist for the Adelaide Festival and Fringe, and performed in Barrie Kosky's Helpmann Award-winning production of Handel's Saul. For the 2018 Adelaide Festival Bethany made her principal debut in Patch Theatre's Can You Hear Colour?
Bethany is a passionate exponent of early music and has studied with Early Music Vancouver, at the University of British Columbia, and has attended Dartington International Summer School. She was a participant for the WAAPA International Artsong Academy, under the mentorship of Dr Graham Johnson OBE and Dame Felicity Lott. In 2017 Bethany performed in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, directed by Sophie Daneman for the Peninsula Summer Music Festival and returned in 2018 as a featured artist. And Eurydice in Various People Inc's acclaimed Orpheus Underground. She made her debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas for Mopoke Theatre Productions in collaboration with Ensemble Galante. 2017 highlights included performing Bach cantatas under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki in Nelson, NZ.
Baritone Alex Roose started singing as a chorister at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide. He completed a BA(Hons) in European Studies at ANU, and later studied music at the University of Melbourne. He has recently returned from ten years living and performing in the UK.
As a soloist he has performed with the BBC Concert Orchestra for Radio 2, with James Bowman and Dame Emma Kirkby for the Brighton Fringe, as well as numerous recitals and oratorio concerts throughout the UK and continental Europe. As an ensemble singer Alex has been broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and ABC Classic FM and recorded for Chandos, Hyperion, Signum, and Delphian record labels. Alex was selected to be a part of the State Opera of SA Emerging Artist program for 2018 and is looking forward to building on his operatic experience. He has previously performed minor roles and chorus with Co-Opera, Melbourne City Opera, and Lyric Opera of Melbourne. He has also covered the roles of The Count and Don Giovanni for Longborough Festival Opera (UK) and as an enthusiastic youth he translated, produced and performed in Pergolesi’s two-hander La Serva Padrona. In 2018 Alex joined the State Opera Chorus for Hamlet (Adelaide Festival) and The Pearl Fishers.
Kate is an Australian Coloratura Soprano specialising in Baroque and Contemporary Classical Repertoire.
In Germany Kate has sung several world premiere opera productions, including Ole Hübner's Sweetieorpheus_27 and Anno Schreier's Prinzessin im Eis. She performed Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre for Cologne's Acht Brücken Festival.
In Australia Kate has worked with Various People Inc, Independent Theatre, Consort of Melbourne, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Victorian Opera and State Opera of South Australia.
Opera roles include Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Drusilla (Coronation of Poppea), Frasquita (Carmen), Papagena (Magic Flute), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), Cupid (Venus and Adonis) Lena (La Princesse Jaune), Bertha (Barber of Seville), Lucy (The Telephone), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel). She performed in The Shouting Fence, and Vesalius: a requiem (both written by Adelaide based composer Richard Chew), and concert performances as soloist in Messiah (Handel), Miserere Mei, Deus (Allegri), and Britten's Ceremony of Carols, and Hymn to St Cecilia.