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Furthest ahead engagements listed first. Scroll down for dates closer to now.

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Violetta, Verdi | La traviata in Concert

Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA

18th September 2021, 7.30pm

Returning to Albany after the 2019 Albany Arts Festival highlight, The Opera Gala, internationally acclaimed baritone José Carbó stars in his signature role of the powerful father, Giorgio Germont. Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson stars in the title role of Violetta Valery and Albany conductor Neville Talbot makes an exciting operatic conducting debut. Featuring the Albany Chamber Orchestra and an Albany Community Chorus. Performed in Italian with English surtitles.

Violetta, Verdi | La traviata

Opera Hunter, Newcastle, NSW

Wednesday 21st July 2021, 7.30pm
Saturday 24th July 2021, 7.30pm
Wednesday 28th July 2021, 7.30pm
Saturday 31st July 2021, 2.00pm MATINEE

Warners Bay Theatre, Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre, NSW.
With Opera Hunter Chorus and Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Orchestra. Performed in English (English National Opera translation).

Shepherd on the Rock

Brisbane Music Festival, QLD

Sunday 25th April 2021, 3:00pm
St Mary's Anglican Church, 455 Main Street, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

Jenna Robertson | Soprano, Alex Raineri | Piano, Dario Scalabrini | Clarinet.
Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock.

Celestial Spirits

Brisbane Music Festival, QLD

Saturday 24th April 2021, 1:30pm
St Mary's Anglican Church, 455 Main St, Kangaroo Point

Jenna Robertson | Soprano, Sarah Butler | Trumpet, Natsuko Yoshimoto | Violin, Alex Raineri | Piano, Jemima Drews | Flute, Andre Oberleuter | Bassoon, Donica Tran | Violin, BMF Young Artists

The afternoon concludes with a musical excerpt from an incredible new opera in development titled Spirit Orphan. Created and performed by Jenna Robertson with music and sound design by composer Corrina Bonshek, Spirit Orphan is a meditation on belonging and the resonance of place in response to 2019 bushfire experiences in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Spirit Orphan: A Short Film

Gold Coast Film Festival, QLD

Saturday 17 April 2021, 7.15pm – 10.30pm
Burleigh Brewing Co, 2 Ern Harley Dr, Burleigh Heads

Settle in for a screening of 14 brand new short films from Australia and around the world that will make you laugh, cry, be amazed and leave entertained. Short films screened at SIPFest are the finalists of Gold Coast Film Festival’s national short film competition.

Spirit Orphan: A Short Film
Director: Salvador Cantellano
Writer: Jenna Robertson
Composer and Sound Design: Dr Corrina Bonshek
Producers: Salvador Cantellano and Jenna Robertson
Interviewees: Jenna Robertson, Dr Corrina Bonshek, Alexandra Dunn and Asmaa Khadim
Performers: Jenna Robertson, Adrian Head, Alison Paris, Talia Garrett-Benson, Regan Flor, Jacque Prior
Soundtrack: The Mountain’s Soul (aria in development) from Spirit Orphan, composed by Dr Corrina Bonshek and libretto by Jenna Robertson, Alexandra Dunn and Lower Beechmont and Beechmont community research participants. Audio Engineer: Geoff McGahan.

Spirit Orphan: Second Stage Development

Gold Coast and Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

2021
Second stage development for opera in development.

Creator, Co-Librettist, Performer | Jenna Robertson
Composer and Sound Artist | Dr Corrina Bonshek
Co-Librettists | Alexandra Dunn and Beech Mountain Community Research Participants
Film Collaborator | Salvador Cantellano

Return to Planet Earth

World Science Festival Brisbane

Thursday 25th March 2021, 7:00pm
Friday 26th March 2021, 7:00pm
Saturday 27th March 2021, 9:00am, 3:15pm and 5:00pm
Sunday 28th March 2021, 9:00am, 3:15pm
St Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha

Presented by World Science Festival Brisbane and the St Thomas Brisbane Planetarium.
JENNA ROBERTSON | CO-CREATOR, WRITER AND NARRATOR
SALVADOR CANTELLANO | PRODUCER, CO-CREATOR, FILMMAKER AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (FILM)
PETER FRANKLAND | CO-CREATOR, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR (SKYDOME), LIVE NARRATOR
DR CORRINA BONSHEK | MUSIC

Inspired by Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot, creative storyteller Jenna Robertson joins forces with renowned composer Corrina Bonshek and the stellar specialists at The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium to deliver a mind-blowing multimedia immersion that promises to inspire, educate and enthral audiences of all ages.

This Festival original will take the audience on a round trip from our tiny blue planet, through galaxies, past super novas and into the farthest reaches of our known universe, before returning to the pale blue dot that we call home.

Spirit Orphan: Performance of Excerpt of Opera in Development

World Science Festival Brisbane

Thursday 25th March 2021, 8:00pm
Free Event at The Nucleus, River Plaza (Outside Queensland Art Gallery on the River Side), Brisbane.

All over the world artists are joining forces to respond to climate change and its devastating effects on our environment and communities – extremes and adaptations have now become our new muse.

Creator, Co-Librettist and Performer | Jenna Robertson
Composer and Sound Designer | Dr Corrina Bonshek
Co-Librettists | Alexandra Dunn and Beech Mountain Community

Soprano and performance maker Jenna Robertson experienced bushfire and evacuations in the Gold Coast Hinterland in 2019. After the fire, a creative outpouring and engagement with community gave birth to an opera in development called Spirit Orphan which explores her migrant identity in relationship to colonised land. Jenna will perform an excerpt from this opera in development at the Nucleus. Jenna will perform original music composed for this project by Dr Corrina Bonshek with libretto by Jenna, Alexandra Dunn and the Beechmont and Lower Beechmont community.

Spirit Orphan: Creative Climate Changers Exhibition

World Science Festival Brisbane

24-28th March 2021
Queensland Museum & Science Centre, Grey Street, South Brisbane, Queensland

This exhibition, curated exclusively for World Science Festival Brisbane is an insightful and optimistic reflection on the impacts the current climate crisis is having on our society. Creative Climate Changers brings together three female artists from diverse backgrounds, each with a distinctive and important story to tell. It is their creative response to the impacts of climate change – it is insightful, personal and diverse. Through conceptual art, installation art and contemporary opera this exhibition aims to encourage diverse and new narratives – highlighting action on climate change can take different forms.

Be touched by the empathy and resilience in a bushfire effected community through an opera in development with Soprano Jenna Robertson.

Go on country with conceptual artist Libby Harward, as she explores the connections between water systems and the survival of First Nations Cultures.

Imagine what the future may hold in a rapidly warming world with emerging artist Martina Clarke and her art installation which experiments with micro-climates.

My Musical Journey

4MBS Classic FM Broadcast

Saturday 6th February 2021, 8.15am AEST
Sunday 7th February 2021, 8pm AEST

Listen live: https://www.4mbs.com.au/

Jenna Robertson is a guest on 4MBS Classic FM's My Musical Journey program. A 60 minute exploration of the story and the music of Jenna's life journey in music so far.

Around the World with Jenna Robertson and Alex Raineri

Redlands Performing Arts Centre (2021 Stage Sessions Program)

Saturday 6th February 2021, 4pm
Redlands Performing Arts Centre (RPAC), 2 -16 Middle Street, Cleveland QLD 4163

JENNA ROBERTSON / SOPRANO
ALEX RAINERI / PIANO
Initially presented as part of the 2020 Brisbane Music Festival streamed series, Around the World will be presented live and intimate, seated in cabaret format on the Concert Hall Stage of the stunning Redland Performing Arts Centre (near Brisbane).

Participating Artist, Us and All of This: Creative Development with Creator Liesel Zink

Home of the Arts, Gold Coast, QLD

6-10th October 2020

Designed for large outdoor spaces, Us and All of This is a public space dance performance which gathers over 100 local performers in the exploration of shifts in our global environment. Choreographically, Us and All of This investigates how a mass of bodies can be reflective of physical landscapes while also examining and questioning larger social and political structures.

Around the World: A recital with pianist Alex Raineri

Brisbane Music Festival, Streamed Online from Brisbane

Saturday 12th September 2020, Streaming 6pm Brisbane time

JENNA ROBERTSON / SOPRANO
ALEX RAINERI / PIANO
An artistic response to the restrictions currently in place regarding global travel, you are invited to pour yourself a glass of wine, relax, and join Scottish-Australian soprano Jenna Robertson and BMF Artistic Director Alex Raineri for a journey around the world through song.

Spirit Orphan: Residency with Composer Corrina Bonshek

Lower Beechmont & Beechmont, QLD

August-September 2020
First stage development to develop new music and sounds with acclaimed composer Corrina Bonshek for opera in development, Spirit Orphan.

This residency was supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Participant, Inaugural BMP Producer Academy

Beth Morrison Projects, New York

4th August 2020 - 1st October 2020

Jenna is one of 30 participants selected globally for this online academy with global leaders in contemporary opera, Beth Morrison Projects, New York, USA. An extension of BMP’s Next Gen program, the Producer Academy provides in-depth insights and skill development for the creation, development, and production of contemporary opera and music theatre works.

Spirit Orphan: Research & Development

Lower Beechmont, QLD

March to August 2020

Research and Development phase for the development of Jenna's new site-responsive, community engaged opera. This work is supported Generate GC; a City of Gold Coast initiative in partnership with the internationally acclaimed program Situate - Art in Festivals.

INCITE Masterclass

Force Majeure, Sydney, NSW

7 & 8 March 2020

Carriageworks, Sydney. Artistic Director Danielle Micich and Ghenoa Gela provide an introduction to the unique Force Majeure devising process, focusing on how to generate movement and text both as a director and performer.

Star Spangled Opera Gala with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 15th February 2020, 7.30pm and Sunday 16th February 2020 2.00pm

The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney.
Dr Nicholas Milton AM conductor
Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
Willoughby Symphony Choir
Pacific Opera soloists featuring Jenna Robertson in Cunegonde's aria Glitter and be Gay from Bernstein's Candide.

Final Concert, Opera Performance Summer Program

Cuskelly College of Music, Brisbane, QLD

Friday 17th January 2020, 6pm

Christine Hartland Centre, St Aidan's Anglican Girls School, Ruthven St, Corinda, Brisbane, Qld. The Summer Program concludes with a world class concert, showcasing the work of individuals who have excelled throughout the course.
Pianist - Richard Lewis (Scottish Opera, ENO, Opera Queensland).

Lauretta, Puccini | Gianni Schicchi *Role debut*

Cuskelly College of Music, Opera Performance Summer Program, Brisbane, QLD

Thursday 16th January 2020, 5.30pm

Christine Hartland Centre, St Aidan's Anglican Girls School, Ruthven St, Corinda, Brisbane, Qld.
Fully staged production of Puccini's Il Trittico conducted by Richard Lewis (Scottish Opera, ENO, Opera Queensland).
Directed by Cheryl Barker AO and Peter Coleman-Wright AO
With the Summer Festival Orchestra

Nedda, Leoncavallo | Pagliacci *Role debut*

NIDA Festival of Emerging Artists 2019, Sydney, Australia

10th December 2019, 8pm
14th December 2019, 2pm

Reg Grundy Studio, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney, NSW
Directed by Justice Jones and Conducted by Sam Weller
Set and Costume Design by Meiko Wong, Lighting Design by Amellia Bruderlin, Video Design by Susie Henderson.

Creative Development Showing

Bleach* Festival, Gold Coast, QLD

Thursday 28th November 2019, 6pm

Burleigh Beach, Gold Coast, QLD
Creative Team: Sally Blackwood, Vanessa Tomlinson, Lawrence English

Artist Lab #1 and #2 | Generate GC

Gold Coast, QLD

Lab #1: September 26-28th 2019
Lab #2: November 9-17th 2019

GENERATE GC provides an exciting opportunity for Gold Coast artists and creative practitioners to push boundaries, take creative risks and develop concepts that respond to the unique potential of Gold Coast communities and environments. GENERATE GC is a City of Gold Coast initiative delivered in partnership with the internationally acclaimed program, Situate - Art in Festivals to support outstanding artists to develop new works.

An Evening with Australia's Premier Baritone José Carbó, with Jenna Robertson, Soprano and Šárka Budínská, Piano

Music Appreciation Group, Gold Coast, QLD

Wednesday 9th October 2019, 7pm.
Aveo Robina, Gold Coast, QLD.

José Carbó, Jenna Robertson and John Martin in Concert

Hunters Hill Music, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 29th September 2019, 2.30pm

Hunters Hill Town Hall, Hunters Hill, Sydney

Masterclass with John Bell AO, OBE

Coast Opera Australia, Gosford, NSW

Saturday 7th September 2019, 1.00-3.30pm

Parkview Room Concert Hall, Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford, NSW
This is an exceptional opportunity to hear from John Bell AO, OBE of Bell Shakespeare Renown, Sydney Opera House as he instructs our Emerging Artists in an acting masterclass designed specifically for singing.

Last Night of the Proms with Willoughby Symphony

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Saturday 24th August 2019, 7.30pm and Sunday 25th August 2019, 2.00pm

The Concourse, Chatswood, Sydney
Since its spectacular inception, Willoughby Symphony’s Last Night of the Proms extravaganza has regularly performed to cheering sold out audiences.

Pacific Opera visits Northside Opera

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Monday 19th August 2019, 10am

Jenna will present Violetta's act 3 aria from La traviata in the Undercroft at St David's Uniting Church, 454 Pacific Highway, Lindfield NSW

Australia's Premier Baritone José Carbó with soprano Jenna Robertson and pianist John Martin

Mosman Concert Series, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 14th July 2019, 2.30pm

Blessed Sacrament Church, 62 Bradleys Head Road, Mosman, Sydney

Hunters Hill Music Society presents Pacific Opera

Hunters Hill Music, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 23rd June 2019, 2.30pm

Hunters Hill Town Hall, Hunters Hill, Sydney
Jenna will present Lucia's act 1 Aria from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.

The Chairman's Dinner & Recital

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Friday 21st June 2019, 7.00pm

The Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Jenna Robertson and Jill Sullivan with Šárka Budinská in Autumn Harmony

Music Appreciation Group, Gold Coast, QLD

Wednesday 10th April 2019, 7pm

Aveo Robina, Gold Coast, QLD. Soprano Jenna Robertson and mezzo soprano, Jill Sullivan join with pianist Šárka Budínská for an evening of beautiful songs and duets, showcasing the blend of their voices.

Masterclass with Deborah Humble

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Monday 8th April 2019, 7pm - 10pm

Level 2, The Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, Sydney. Pacific Opera presents a masterclass with internationally renowned dramatic mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble as she works with artists from Pacific Opera's 2019 Program.

Soloist for Holland America Line Signature Experience

Pacific Opera, Sydney Opera House, NSW

Saturday 6th April 2019

Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

The Opera Gala

2019 Albany Arts Festival, Albany, WA

Saturday 30th March 2019, 7.30pm

Princess Royal Theatre, Albany Entertainment Centre, Albany, WA. This Albany Arts Festival highlight sees internationally acclaimed baritone José Carbó and Scottish-Australian Soprano, Jenna Robertson, perform alongside John Martin, one of Australia's most loved pianists and special guests the Albany Choral Society conducted by Neville Talbot.

An Evening with Australia's Premier Baritone, José Carbó

Opera Lovers WA, Perth, WA

Tuesday 26th March 2019, 6-8pm

Steinway Showroom, West Leederville, Perth, WA. Argentine-Australian José Carbó has performed in the leading opera houses of the world including Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Real Madrid, Los Angeles Opera, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Seattle Opera and more. José will delight Opera Lovers with an informal evening of singing and stories with pianist David Wickham and a guest appearance by soprano Jenna Robertson before their performance in the Albany Arts Festival.

Guest Performer, Women in Resources Awards Dinner

Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA, Perth, WA

Friday 15th March 2019

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Perth, WA. Special guest speaker and performer for the 2019 Women in Resources Awards.

Masterclass with Liane Keegan

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Tuesday 12th March 2019, 7pm

St Stephen's Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie St, Sydney. Pacific Opera presents a masterclass on Singing Performance with internationally renowned contralto Liane Keegan.

An Evening with Australia's Premier Baritone José Carbó, with Jenna Robertson, Soprano and Šárka Budínská, Piano

Music Appreciation Group, Gold Coast, QLD

Wednesday 14th March 2018

Aveo Robina, QLD, 7pm.

Soloist, Opera in the Valley 20th Anniversary

CWA, Jamberoo, WA

Saturday 4th November 2017, 8.00pm

Jamberoo School of Arts, NSW

Soloist, Opera in October

Optoberfest, Bowral, NSW

14th October 2017, 12.30pm matinee and 5.30pm gala

Bowral Memorial Hall, NSW

Title role, Massenet's Manon

OperaBox, Perth, WA

1st, 5th, 7th September 2017, 7.30pm
Marist Auditorium, Newman College, Churchlands, WA

3rd September 2017, 7.30pm
Concert Performance, Darlington Hall, Darlington, WA

Soloist, Vivaldi's Gloria and Stainer's Crucifixion

Albany Choral Society and Chamber Orchestra, Albany, WA

28th April 2017, 7.30pm
29th April 2017, 2.00pm

Wesley Uniting Church, Duke St, Albany, WA

Soloist, Romance on the Green Concert

Perth Symphony Orchestra, Perth, WA

Saturday 25th February 2017, 5-8.30pm

Village green, Kent Street, Rockingham, WA

Soloist, Music @ Murdoch Concert

Perth Symphony Orchestra, Perth, WA

Sunday 19 February 2017, Doors open 4.30pm, Performance 7pm – 9pm

Murdoch University, South St, Murdoch. It’s back! Music @ Murdoch returns in 2017 following a hugely successful concert where over 3,000 free tickets were snapped up to hear PSO in action in the stunning surrounds of Murdoch University’s Bush Court.

Soloist, Romance Under the Stars Concert

Perth Symphony Orchestra, Perth, WA

Tuesday 14th february 2017, 8pm

Sorrento Quay Boardwalk Amphitheatre, Sorrento, WA

Zerbinetta, Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

OperaBox, Perth, WA

9, 11, 16 September 2016, 7.30pm

Joy Shepherd Performing Arts Centre, Bay View Terrace, Mosman Park, WA

13 September 2016, 7.30pm

Concert Performance, Darlington Hall, Darlington, WA

Soloist, An Evening with OperaBox: Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera Lovers WA, Perth, WA

31 August 2016, 6pm

Wesfarmers Puccini Room, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth, WA. Excerpts from Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos

Soloist (Blue Diva from Fifth Element including excerpt from Lucia di Lammermoor), Rio Tinto 50th Anniversary Event

Perth Symphony Orchestra, Perth, WA

26 August 2016, 7pm

Perth convention and exhibition centre, Perth, WA

Soloist, A Richard Strauss Concert

Music Amica, Perth, WA

20 August 2016, 8.00pm

St Stephen's Church, Applecross, WA
Arias and duets from Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos and others

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