Since performing in the 2017 Final of The Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, Bronwyn Douglass has been making big strides in her classical singing career, with her exciting new role in Co-Opera’s 2018 production of The Barber of Seville.
Cast as the productions leading lady, Rosina, a beautiful, feisty young woman desperate to escape her tyrannical guardian Dr Bartolo, Bronwyn admits taking on the role has been a dream and a challenge.
“Rosina has always been a dream role for me so I was absolutely thrilled when I was offered the role. It was a challenge to learn, being the first role that I have done that has involved a lot of coloratura, but I have really taken to it and it feels so natural now” Bronwyn said.
The Barber of Seville will be Bronwyn's second big tour with Co-Opera, previously touring with company in their production of Eugene Onegin. Bronwyn says being able to share the art of classical singing with more rural parts of Australia has been a welcomed joy.
“We tour to quite remote areas and towns, many of whom don't have the chance to experience classical music let alone opera. It’s so rewarding to be able to share this art form with people who normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience it” Bronwyn said.
Competing in Sydney Eisteddfod since 2012, Bronwyn has expressed how the opportunities and experiences gained through performing has helped her reach this point in her young career.
“I am so grateful to both the Sydney Eisteddfod and the Sydney Eisteddfod Travel Fund for the support they have given me through prizes and grants. I learned so much about myself as a performer through my Sydney Eisteddfod experiences" Bronwyn said.
"It is so important to test yourself when you are learning and I think Eisteddfod’s are the ideal place to do this, because they are a safe environment where you can practise your craft and get constructive criticism, encouragement and feedback from a variety of professionals” continued Bronwyn.
The Barber of Seville will be touring to Larras Lee (NSW), Deniliquin (NSW), Elmore (VIC), Willunga (SA), Adelaide (SA), and Penola (SA) from 12th April to May 17th, 2018.