The only classical artist in Australian history to have released six albums by the age of 20, Mark Vincent burst onto Australian television screens in 2009, with his moving rendition of Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’ on Australia’s Got Talent. He won the competition, signed with Sony Music and went on to sell more than half a million albums worldwide.
His new album, A Tribute to Mario Lanza, with its ground breaking ‘virtual duet’ of ‘Because You’re Mine’ with the Hollywood legend from the Golden Age of musicals, is expected to make headlines across the globe.
The album is the first tribute to Mario Lanza recorded by an Australian tenor, and has the imprimatur of his daughter, Ellisa Lanza Bregman, who gave permission for the re-recording of the ‘virtual duet,’ and who said, “Mark Vincent, I wish you every success and I know that this unique recording will be sought after and cherished by music lovers everywhere.”
Mark’s seventh and most recent album Together, a duet album with Marina Prior, was released in April 2016 and debuted on the Australian Album Chart at #5, and #1 on the Classical Chart. Mark and Marina then topped it up with a triumphant, sold out national tour.
Mark has sung the anthem at NRL’s State of Origin, made numerous TV and concert appearances, and for the past eight years starred in Carols in the Domain before a national television audience of millions.
Apart from his opera ambitions – he is recognised as one of the world’s emerging young tenors – Mark has an abiding love of music theatre, ignited, he says, by Anthony Warlow and Phantom of The Opera.
In 2014, Mark made his music theatre debut in the Australian production of Dirty Dancing, which played 130 shows around the country. In 2016, legendary star Julie Andrews chose Mark to play the role of Freddy, Eliza Doolittle’s love interest, in her direction of My Fair Lady at the Sydney Opera House. He currently stars in the Brisbane production of the musical and will be seen in the role in Melbourne this May, by when he will have performed it more than 200 times.
For more information on Mark Vincent please go to www.markvincent.com.au
Antoinette Halloran is one of Australia’s most accomplished and best-loved sopranos. She performs regularly with all the major Australasian opera companies and symphony orchestras and appears frequently on national television and radio.
Leading appearances for Opera Australia have included the title roles in Madama Butterfly and Rusalka, Mimi in La bohème, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Green Room Award) and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni; for New Zealand Opera – Cio-Cio-San and Mimi; for Victorian Opera – Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Adina in L’elisir d’amore; for Melbourne Opera – Cio-Cio-San, Violetta, Musetta and many others.
Antoinette also featured as a guest judge and panelist on the ABC television series Operatunity Oz, and appeared regularly on the hit show Spicks and Specks and was a presenter for ABC’s Art Nation – covering stories on opera and music theatre.
Concert appearances have included Mozart’s Requiem with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Carmina Burana with the Melbourne Chorale, El Niño with Sydney Philharmonia and Haydn’s Creation and Fauré’s Requiem with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. Antoinette has also been a regular visitor to Japan, China and Indonesia where she is much in demand as a guest artist
She has sung in concert with Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet for the Sydney Festival and been engaged as soprano soloist with the Adelaide, Queensland, Tasmanian, Canberra and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras. She recorded Puccini Romance for ABC Classics with tenor Rosario La Spina and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
Since 2010, Antoinette has sung the title role in The Merry Widow for Opera Queensland, Mimi, Cio-Cio-San and Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Opera Australia and Micaela in Carmen for State Opera of South Australia, the World Premiere of Midnight Son for Victorian Opera and Cio-Cio-San for New Zealand Opera in Auckland and Wellington.
THE DAISY DUKES
The Daisy Dukes are a live music concept you have never seen before: Australia’s best violin player. A highly accomplished acoustic rhythm guitarist. Incredible voices that stand strong alone or in gorgeous harmony. A repertoire that includes some of the best songs from recent years (and not the ones you expect!), mind-blowing instrumental solos and arrangements that will make you sit down and pay close attention. All this from just two chicks!
Rachel and Jesse are best friends and, as such, perfectly in tune with each other musically. For 7 years the girls have perfected their craft together and created a show that leaves crowds with jaws dropped and screaming for more. Think: The Corrs meets Avicii. The Dixie Chicks meets Jason Derulo. The Eagles meets Metallica. All this epicness available as a duo, trio or full band collaborating with some of SEQ’s finest musicians, The Daisy Dukes are in hot demand for their entertaining show featuring their own special twist on Top 40 songs, country & Irish classics and even electronic dance hits.
Soprano Jessica Westcott studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours). She also holds a Bachelor of Languages (French, German) from the Australian National University. She hails from the small country town of Parkes, NSW.
Jessica spent 2015/16 performing with Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Tour; delighting children from around the state in over 800 performances. Her roles for OA include Gretel (Hansel and Gretel) and Clorinda (La Cenerentola). Jessica also created the role of Amy in Bontom’s production of Chamber Pot Opera, which will head to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2017.
Further performance credits include: Meg (Little Women), Madame Silberklang (Der Schauspieldirektor), Musetta (La Boheme), Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring) and Adina (La Sonnambula – Scenes). On the concert stage Jessica has performed the Soprano Solo in Handel’s Messiah and Dvořák’s Te Deum, and in 2017 she will perform Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Penrith Symphony Orchesta.
In 2013 Jessica was the recipient of the BBM Youth Support Award for Music Performance, which sponsored a UK tour in that same year. She is also the recipient of the Bill Hyslop Prize (ANU) and the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship. Jessica also founded the Rising Stars tour group that toured NSW/ACT in 2014, presenting performance workshops and concerts with high school kids.
Apart from the Conservatorium of Music, Jessica studied at the ANU School of Music and the Tyrolean Opera Program (Austria).