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ANNABELLA REDMAN

BMus, DipOpera (Vienna Conservatorium), PhD (Creative Arts)

Examiner Number: 1142

Dr Annabella Redman graduated from the Canberra School of Music with distinction in performance with a Bachelor of Music in 1988. During this time she appeared in many operatic productions and sang with many of the various state symphony orchestras. She won the Robert Stolz/Apex Australia Award for study at the Vienna Conservatorium of Music. Other scholarships include an Australian Arts Council grant, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust and Rotary Foundation scholarships, German Government Academic Scholarship and the Vienna Conservatorium Scholarship for outstanding students.

In Vienna she immediately expanded her operatic repertoire, including such roles as Blondchen (Abduction from the Seraglio), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Seviglia) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni). She toured Europe, Asia, America and the United Arab Emirates singing opera, operetta and musical theatre. She also sang in numerous concerts in all the major concert houses in Vienna and was chosen by the city of Vienna to open the Mozart Bicentenary celebrations in Tokyo.

Dr Redman intensified her interest in teaching during her time in Vienna and was a voice lecturer at the School of Performing Arts in Vienna, a tertiary training institute specialising in musical theatre. She gave masterclasses at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and was in charge of the Voice department at the Adriatic Summer Festival in Bonefro, Italy.

After returning to Australia in 2002 she performed with Oz Opera on tour in Australia  premiering the role of Laura in Midnight. She taught at the University of Newcastle up to postgraduate level, covering styles from classical to musical. In 2011 she completed her doctorate comparing the technical development of vocal styles used in musical theatre. Dr Redman taught Musical Theatre performance and technique at NSW TAFE, adjudicates regularly at eisteddfods and runs a busy private studio.

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