Stacey Alleaume, First-place winner of Sydney Eisteddfod’s Opera Scholarship 2012, is now a professional opera singer, performing with Opera Australia in some of their outstanding productions!
“There are so many wonderful things about being a professional opera singer, like singing with amazing performers and orchestras, wearing elaborate costumes, meeting new people, travelling around the world, and storytelling”, Stacey tells Sydney Eisteddfod.
Stacey is extremely grateful for the career she has and doesn’t take any of it for granted; but she certainly didn’t get to where she is today without a whole of hard work and persistence.
"This is most certainly a dream come true for me. After working very hard for five years within the company, I performed my first principal role which was also a role debut on the stage of the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. At that time, I was in Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program”.
In 2019, Stacey made her European performance debut, playing the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Bregenzer Festspiele in Austria.
“Singing ‘Caro Nome’ sitting on the edge of a basket of a helium balloon, 15 meters in the air, overlooking an audience of 7,000 people was certainly a real highlight of last year”.
[Stacey Alleaume in 'Rigoletto', Bregenzer Festspiele, Bregenz, Austria 2019. Photos: Karl Forster]
Even when Stacey is at home and not rehearsing for an opera, she still fits in role preparation on most days and tries to stay on top of work that is coming up.
“Being at home is usually the only downtime I get so I try to get on top of the work that is coming. Role preparation includes studying my scores, translating text, learning the music, listening to audio recordings for style, and watching film recordings for context... generally, I am a person who always needs to be doing something”.
Stacey is clearly always doing something, starting off 2020 in full swing, preparing for her next role as Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour with Opera Australia beginning in March!
Stacey says that performing in Sydney Eisteddfod and winning the Opera Scholarship eight years ago was instrumental in boosting her performance confidence and skills.
the more prepared you are the more confident you will feel to go strut your stuff!”
Stacey has a lot of plans for the future and we are sure we’ll be hearing a whole lot more about her over the next few years!