Mezzo Soprano Hayley Sugars will perform with Opera Queensland in her own recital, Songs of Desire, in February 2020 at the Conservatorium Building in South Bank, Brisbane.

Hayley commenced her vocal training at the University of Southern Queensland and subsequently undertook postgraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her studies, Hayley was the recipient of many academic and performance awards including the Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Scholarship (QCM) and the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Overseas Scholarship. Hayley was a member of the Opera Queensland Young and Developing Artist Program (2007-2009) and has enjoyed success in national competitions, including winning the German-Australian Opera Grant in 2010. This success resulted in contracts with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Landestheater Coburg.

Operatic repertoire includes Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Rinaldo, Mrs Grose in Turn of the Screw, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Varvara in Katja Kabanova, Flora Bervoix in La traviata, Mirabella in Der Zigeunerbaron and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Valencienne in Merry Widow, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Brangäne in Tristan and Isolde and Auntie in Peter Grimes. Hayley has also appeared regularly on the concert platform in works including The Messiah (Handel), St John Passion (Bach), Elijah (Mendelssohn), 8th Symphony (Mahler), Camina Burana (Orff), Requiem (Mozart) and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Since returning to Australia, Hayley has performed to great acclaim for Opera Queensland, New Zealand Opera and The Brisbane Festival. Most recently, she appeared in Opera at Jimbour for the Queensland Music Festival and Opera Queensland in July and with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra and the Toowoomba Choral Society in The Armed Man.

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