Lucinda Mirikata Deacon on stage at Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod is proud to introduce the judges for the ‘2016 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship’ event. All three judges have revered careers in the operatic arts and established esteemed reputations for themselves across Australia, Asia and Europe alike.
Margaret Baker-Genovesi will once again return as a judge, having adjudicated the ‘Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria’ in 2009, 2011, and 2014. She began her career in her native Australia, making her operatic debut at the age of 20 as Violetta in ‘La Traviata’ for the Queensland Opera Company and has since performed in major theatres across Europe, Asia, and Australia. In more recent years, she has lectured and conducted master classes at tertiary institutions across the globe, and become a regular member of juries at some of Europe’s most prestigious singing competitions.
Australian mezzo-soprano Deborah Humble will be adjudicating all rounds of the ‘Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship’. Currently residing in Germany, Deborah enjoys a busy international career that in recent years has seen her travel across Europe, Australia, Asia, and the United Kingdom. In 2015, she made her role debut as Branngaene in ‘Tristan and Isolde’ in Mexico City, sang in Mahler's ‘8th Symphony’ in Singapore, Verdi's ‘Requiem’ at the Sage Concert Hall in England and Beethoven's ‘9th Symphony’ in Hong Kong. She also appeared as Erda in ‘Siegfried’ at Boston Symphony Hall.
Sydney Eisteddfod also takes pleasure in welcoming, Tahu Matheson, who will be adjudicating the semi-final and final rounds of the ‘Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship’. Tahu has been working for Opera Australia since 2007 and over this period has established himself as both a conducted and accompanist. In 2016, he conducted ‘The Magic Flute’ and ‘The Pearl Fishers’ for Opera Australia, and will soon make his debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Tahu is a frequent accompanist for international artists including Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yvonne Kenny and Emma Matthews.