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Furthest ahead engagements listed first. Scroll down for dates closer to now.
More dates added as they are confirmed.

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Contemporary Communication (a Concept Recital)

Bloomhouse Projects

Friday 17th February 2023, 7.30pm AWST
State Library Theatre,
State Library of Western Australia,
Noongar Country, Perth, Western Australia

This brilliant collaboration with Bloomhouse Projects Artistic Director Daniella Sicari, and fellow artists Lochlan Brown, Drisana Levizke-Gray and Bella Marslen will be completely unique, moving and thought provoking.

What happens if you take away the words completely and focus on just the harmony? What happens if you focus on a nonverbal expression such as signing? How do we empathise, understand and connect with stories and characters? Contemporary Communication invites all ‘voices’ to be equally received by the audience and welcomes the human right to participate.

Tickets at www.bloomhouseprojects.com.au

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Screening of Spirit Orphan: A Short Documentary Film

Sydney Women's International Film Festival, Australia

November 25-28th 2022
Access via www.swiff.org.au

The Sydney Women's International Film Festival is a film festival designed to support and promote the work of women (self-identified) filmmakers.

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Opera in the Tunnel with José Carbó & Jenna Robertson

Ernest Junction Reserve Tunnel

Sunday 24th October 2022, 3pm
Ernest Junction Reserve, 797 Ashmore Road, Molendinar, Gold Coast

World class voices. An encapsulating acoustic. In a unique Heritage listed space.
Bookings essential via (07) 5532 5459 or deboertj@optusnet.com.au

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Endless Universe with Jenna Robertson

Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane

Friday 14th October 2022, 6.30pm
Saturday 15th October 2022, 6.30pm
Friday 21st October 2022, 6.30pm
Saturday 22nd October 2022, 6.30pm

ENDLESS UNIVERSE for World Space Week
💫Created, written + directed by Jenna Robertson in collaboration with Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium
💫Live Narration by Jenna Robertson + Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium Astronomers Peter Frankland + Vanessa Porchet
💫Soundtrack Curation + Live Vocals by Jenna Robertson
💫Produced + Presented by Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium

All of this is temporary.

How long will Planet Earth and the Milky Way galaxy provide conditions for human life? What cosmic endings and new beginnings await humanity and our planetary home? What impact are humans having on space? And how do we make sense of all of this? Endless Universe explores these questions and the meaning of sustainability through a heartfelt human lens.

Following on from the sold-out 2021 season of Return to Planet Earth for World Science Festival Brisbane, creative director, writer and singer Jenna Robertson returns with this new mind-expanding experience developed in response to the 2022 World Space Week theme: Space and Sustainability.

Tickets $15-20 here: https://bnecouncil.cc/3EfMD9J

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Burnout to Rebirth: A Leadership Retreat

Hosted by Jenna Robertson @ The Treehouse

Friday 23rd September - Monday 26th September 2022, Jenna's home, QLD

Exploring and implementing new paradigm and next economy principals in the arts with fellow arts leaders Joel Carnegie and Rebecca Kais in this leadership retreat and project supported by Australia Council for the Arts Leadership Alumni Collaboration Fund.

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Spirit Orphan: Second Stage Development

Gold Coast and Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

March 2021-March 2023
Second stage development for opera in development.

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

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Life Coaching Course

Beautiful You Coaching Academy

February-August 2022. To broaden her mentoring offerings, Jenna is studying life coaching to be able to offer a deeper and broader level of coaching in addition to her mentoring and consulting work.

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Speaker: Self-Producing for Artists, Professional Development Seminar

Brisbane Music Festival Young Artist Program with guests from Queensland Youth Orchestra

Saturday 18th June 2022, 1:00-2:30pm
4MBS Classic FM, Performance Studio

How can self-producing be used for artist empowerment and change-making?

Singer + creative producer Jenna Robertson has an impressive history of creating self-produced, large-scale arts projects with significant community impact. Jenna talks about the beautiful process of artist empowerment and change-making through self-producing and what is needed to create and self-produce arts projects of scale.

To attend contact Brisbane Music Festival
Presented by Brisbane Music Festival

www.jennarobertson.com

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Artist, Speaker & Co-Host, belonging & relating with Kuweni Dias Mendis

Centre for Regenerative Arts, Tamborine Mountain

Saturday 4th June 2022, 2:00-4:30pm
Centre for Regenerative Arts, Tamborine Mountain

How can creative practice and intercultural collaboration foster belonging?

Be inspired, engaged and challenged by this intimate & exclusive art exhibition, presentation & showing.
belonging & relating is an opening up of creative practice and work-in-progress by exceptional Beechmont-based, migrant artists Kuweni Dias Mendis (contemporary multidisciplinary artist, Sri Lanka) & Jenna Robertson (singer, writer, Scotland).

Limited Capacity, Invitation Only
Sponsored by Making Good Alliance

www.jennarobertson.com
www.kuweni.com
www.makinggoodalliance.com.au

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Panel Speaker, The Healing Power of Music: Community Forum

The Ground Beneath Us Festival

Friday 27th May 2022, 10am – 12pm
Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane.

Translating Hope To The Community: This community event will bring together thought leaders, spiritual leaders, academics and community advocates to discuss what music has to offer our society at this pivotal juncture in our history.

Music is more than entertainment, it is the universal language of love and the ultimate source of healing. What lessons can music teach us about conflict and resolution, culture, mindfulness, body awareness and healing? Connect to the deeper part of us and help drive cultural change through this interactive, performative forum.

Curated by Dr Anthony Garcia (Artistic Director Sounds Across Oceans/Improvisation & Mindful Arts, Intercultural & Community Arts Advocate) and presented by Sounds Across Oceans.

A free event, but bookings required: https://events.humanitix.com/the-healing-power-of-music-community-forum

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Future Leaders Program Residential #3

Australia Council for the Arts

21-25th April 2022
NSW Coast and Canberra

The Future Leaders Program brings together a group of diverse practitioners to engage with current and relevant themes affecting the future of the arts. Together, future leaders will work through the common challenges and opportunities faced within the sector today.

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Screening of Spirit Orphan: A Short Documentary Film

Experimental, Dance and Music Film Festival, Toronto, Canada & Los Angeles, USA

Streaming from midnight LA time, Thursday February 10th 2022
MUSIC VIDEO & MUSIC Shorts of 2022 Festival Showcase
Access via streaming app www.wildsound.ca

The goal of this international film festival is to showcase the best of new experimental short films and independent music videos from around the world.

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Screening of Spirit Orphan: A Short Documentary Film

Flickfair On-Demand Film Festival

On-Demand throughout January 2022
Flickfair On-Demand Online Platform at watch.flickfair.com
Flickfair are the fastest-growing online film festival.

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Soloist | Amelia Cherry Graduation Recital

Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Brisbane, QLD

Wednesday 3rd November 2021, 10.30am

Two Songs by Bottesini with double bassist Amelia Cherry and pianist Alex Raineri.

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Screening of Spirit Orphan: A Short Documentary Film

CBD Sundown Rooftop Film Festival, Gold Coast, Australia

Friday October 29th 2021, Australia Fair Rooftop, Southport, Gold Coast, Australia

As the sun sets over the Broadwater, sit back and relax atop the iconic Australia Fair Rooftop while you immerse yourself in a series of local short films curated by our friends at Gold Coast Film Festival, plus live music and roving entertainment.

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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.

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Future Leaders Program Residential #2

Australia Council for the Arts

19-23 August 2021

The Future Leaders Program is designed to transform our sectors knowledge by developing skills and capabilities of our emerging practitioners. The program brings together a group of diverse practitioners to engage with current and relevant themes affecting the future of the arts. Together, future leaders will work through the common challenges and opportunities faced within the sector today.

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Fundraising Concert

Brisbane Music Festival, QLD

27th June 2021, 3pm

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Future Leaders Program Residential #1

Australia Council for the Arts, Wagga Wagga, NSW

29 April - 2 May 2021

The Future Leaders Program brings together a group of diverse practitioners to engage with current and relevant themes affecting the future of the arts. Together, future leaders will work through the common challenges and opportunities faced within the sector today.

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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.

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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.

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Screening of Spirit Orphan: A Short Documentary 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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The Chairman's Dinner & Recital

Pacific Opera, Sydney, NSW

Friday 21st June 2019, 7.00pm

The Automobile Club of Australia, 89 Macquarie Street, Sydney

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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.

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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.

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Soloist for Holland America Line Signature Experience

Pacific Opera, Sydney Opera House, NSW

Saturday 6th April 2019

Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House

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