Time to Meet the Soloists!

We are delighted to introduce you to our four very talented soloists, who will take to the stage under the baton of music director Christopher Bowen OAM, in our upcoming all Beethoven Concert on Sunday 12th August 2018, at the Great Hall Sydney University.

In this first of a two part series, we present our soprano and mezzo soprano.

Anita Kyle, Soprano

Anita Kyle for blog

Lyric soprano ANITA KYLE received her Licentiate Diploma in Music (LMusA) in Singing while studying with Maree Ryan at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.  She has also attended international summer schools at the American Institute of Music in Graz and the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria.

Anita has won or been a finalist in a number of important singing competitions. These have included: winner of the National Operatic Aria, Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Vocal Scholarship; semi-finalist in the McDonalds’ Operatic Aria Scholarship; finalist in the 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year; ABC Young Performer Awards, and the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship.

While studying with Anthea Moller, Anita was awarded the MTO German-Australian Opera Grant, a 12-month solo contract at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her roles there included: the 15 YEAR OLD in Lulu; FRASQUITA in Carmen; SOPHIE in Werther; SANDMAN and DEW FAIRY in Hansel and Gretel; PAPAGENA in The Magic Flute; LUIGIA in Viva La Mamma; PASIPHAE in Ariadne;  JUNGFRAU and ENGEL in Das Paradies und die Peri; GOVERNESS in Orpheus and Eurydice; and LIESCHEN in Bach’s Coffee Cantata.

In all, she spent four years in Germany, during which she also performed in a number oratorios and recitals. Since returning to Australia, Anita has performed in joint recitals with Gerard Willems and Deborah De Graaf (in Schubert’s Der Hirt auf dem Felsen),  Brad Cooper and Robert Andrew Greene, as well as with organist Mark Quarmby in the Sydney Town Hall for the Organ Music Society of Sydney. She has also been broadening her repertoire as the soprano soloist in Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras (No.5);Fauré’s Requiem;Casals’ El cant dels Ocells (The Song of the Birds); Jenkins’ The Armed Man and Stella Natalis; Haydn’s Mass No. 10 in C Major (Mass in a Time of War) and Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore K339, Mass in C Minor K427, Regina Coeli and Requiem; Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem; and Bach’s Magnificat with the Manly-Warringah Choir under the baton of Dr Carlos Alvarado.

Anita made her debut with Sydney University Graduate Choir in 2015, performing the soprano solo in Handel’s Israel in Egypt and has returned as a soloist in C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat; Heinichen’s Mass No. 9; Handel’s Messiah;  and Mendelssohn’s Paulus.

Agnes Sarkis, Mezzo-soprano

Agnes Sarkis_PhotoAgnes Sarkis was born in Iran to an Armenian family. She graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Advanced Diploma of Opera, 2011 and Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera), 2012, and while there she studied with Barry Ryan. She was a finalist in both the 2013 Bel Canto Award and the 2014 The Sydney Eisteddfod opera scholarship competition.

She has sung a number of  roles with Opera Australia, including: MERCÉDÈS in Carmen; OLGA in The Merry Widow; SUZUKI in Madama Butterfly; CHERUBINO in The Marriage of Figaro (Tour); and THIRD LADY in The Magic Flute (Tour). For Opera Australia she has also been a chorus member in Carmen; Madama Butterfly and Turandot on Sydney Harbour; and in La Boheme; Faust; The Pearlfishers; The Magic Flute and Cavallieria Rusticana/Pagliacci.

With other companies, she has sung a number of chorus and solo roles: DAISY BATES in Daisy Bates at Ooldea; PUBLIC OPINION in Orphée aux Enfers; BALKIS in La Rencontre Imprévue; DINAH in Trouble in Tahiti; SYREN in King Arthur; LA SOEUR AINEE in Les Malheurs d’Orphée; FRAU REICH in Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor; MADAMA ROSA in Il Capanello di Notte; ANDRONICO in Tamerlano; MARIANNA in Il Signor Bruschino; MRS HERRING in Albert Herring; HEN in  The Cunning little Vixen (Sydney Chamber Opera) and The Best of G & S (Sydney Opera House).

Agnes was highly commended for the Joan Carden Award, 2011, and was the winner of this Award in 2012.

Agnes last performed with the Sydney University Graduate Choir in May 2014, when she sang works by Mozart and Michael Haydn.

The Choir is very much looking forward to welcoming you to our audience on Sunday 12th August at 3pm, at the Great Hall Sydney University. Tickets are available now at Eventbrite.

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