Press Release: Sutton Forest soprano to sing in final round of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria

2 September 2014

Tabatha McFadyen hails from Sutton Forest has always been interested in the performing arts. She began dancing at three and grew up wanting to become a ballerina. She took up singing because she thought it might be fun to become a triple threat performer and star in a blockbuster musical and even began experimenting with choreography. Then one day, she heard somebody singing Schubert’s songs, and totally enraptured, she began a new journey by training as a classical singer.

A student of Professor Janet Delpratt and Professor Lisa Gasteen, Tabatha recently graduated from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, with First Class Honours and the University Medal. During her tenure, Tabatha sang leading roles in many productions, including Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Titania in The Fairy Queen. Other highlights include appearing as soprano soloist in the Camerata of St John’s acclaimed collaboration with actor/director Tama Matheson’s Johann Sebastien, featuring as Prilepa in Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades with Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashekenazy and her many guest appearances with the contemporary music group Kupka’s Piano.

In 2012, as a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, Tabatha won the Mozart Opera Institute Award and the Nelly Apt Scholarship. In 2013, with her long standing musical partner Alex Raineri, Tabatha triumphed in the 32nd National Liederfest, and earlier this year, she won first prize, the Audience Vote and two other prizes in the Mietta Song Competition.

The final of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria will take place at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, on 21 September at 5pm. Tickets costing $38 (adult)
or $31 (concession) can be reserved online at,au or, by calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or visiting The Concourse Box Office from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday.

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information