Press Release: Victorian countertenor to sing in final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria

2 September 2014

Described as an exciting new talent in the world of baroque music, countertenor Maxmilian Reibl recently returned from a period of intense vocal training in Viennawhere he appeared as a soloist with Chorus Sine Nomine, Ensemble Cinquecento and Salzburg’s Ensemble 1756.

Max, who comes from a musical family, spent part of his childhood in Austria. As a student at the Musikgymnasium of Vienna, he played Cupid in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis with the Wiener Kammeroper and was a member of the Kaiser Maximilian Hofburgkapelle Ensemble conducted by Rene Clemencic.

While Max cannot remember a time when singing was not his passion, his talents are varied. At 14, he joined his elder brother Felix’s band The Cat Empire and in 2011 entertained an entirely new audience by breaking the National Junior Press Bench record for power lifting.

His oratorio work includes Bach’s Magnificat with the Brandenburg Orchestra, Vivaldi’s Gloria with the National Boys Choir of Australia, Handel’s Messiah with the K&K Philharmonkier Wien and Bach’s Mass in B Minor with the Brisbane Intervarsity Choral Society.

In 2013, he made his debut with the Belvoir Theatre Company in Hamlet. In this riveting production, he featured alongside Robyn Nevin and Toby Schmitz, singing baroque arias at various intervals throughout the play. Later in the year, he scored another success as principal soloist with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra its Christmas season of Noel! Noel!

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
www.theconcourse.com,au or ticketek.com.au, by calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or visiting The Concourse Box Office from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday.

For immediate release

Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information