Jacqueline Porter, Christopher Busietta, David McSkimming

JACQUELINE PORTER
Soprano
CHRISTOPHER BUSIETTA
Tenor
with
DAVID McSKIMMING
Pianoforte

Sunday December 4th 2007 5 pm
THE CHAPEL COPPIN COMMUNITY CENTRE
ROYAL FREEMASONS’ HOMES
Cnr. Punt & Moubray St
(enter from Moubray St)
Melway Ref: 2L D10

PROGRAM
(see separate sheet for translations)

Christopher —
Apres une reve Gabriel Faure (Bussine)
Phydile Henri Duparc (de Lisle)

Jacqueline
Die Forelle Franz Schubert (Schubart)
Nacht und Traume Franz Schubert (Collin)

David –
Am Meer (Transcription Franz Schubert/Franz Liszt)

Christopher
Silent Noon Ralph Vaughan-Williams (Dante Rosetti)
Chamber Music Op. 10
Samuel Barber (James Joyce)
.. Rain has fallen
.. Sleep now!
.. I hear an army

Jacqueline —
Nuits d’Ete Hector Berlioz (Gautier)
.. Villanelle
.. Le spectre de la rose
Now touch the air softly Calvin Bowman (2007)
.. Lily in Autumn (William Jay Smith)
.. Now touch the air softly (William Jay Smith)

INTERVAL

Christopher
Frisch zum Kampfe from Die Entfuhrung aus dem
Serail (Mozart)

Jacqueline
In uomini, in soldati from Cosi fan tutte (Mozart)

Christopher
O Columbine from I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo)

Jacqueline
Piangero la sorte mia from Giulio Cesare (Handel)

Christopher
Lebe wohl mein Flandrisch Madchen from Zar und Zimmerman (Lortzig)

Duet
Jetzt, Schatzchen, jetzt sind wir allein from Fidelio(Beethoven)

David
Noel (H Balfour Gardiner)

Jacqueline
Angel voices softly singing (Humperdinck)
Little road to Bethlehem (Head)

Christopher
Once in Royal David’s City (Gauntlett, arranged Richard Walters)
God rest ye merry, Gentlemen (arranged unknown)

Duet –
O Holy night (Adam)

Meet the Artists

Jacqueline Porter graduated from the University of Melbourne with an Honours degree in Music Performance and a Bachelor of Arts (Italian). She is currently a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera and a student of Anna Connolly.

A versatile performer, Jacqueline enjoys singing music from a range of different art forms, including Opera, Art Song, Lieder and Oratorio. The winner of the 2007 Australian Youth Aria, Jacqueline has also been a Semi-Finalist in the Herald Sun Aria and was the runnerup in the 2007 National Liederfest, where she received the prize for ‘Best diction and understanding of the German language’ for the second year running. Whilst studying, Jacqueline was the recipient of numerous University prizes, including the Dame Nellie Melba Prize, the Muriel Cheek Memorial Scholarship and the Lady Turner Prize. Her love of Italian saw her take up a scholarship in July 2005, to participate in an intensive language course in Florence, Italy.

Jacqueline made her professional debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2005, as the soprano soloist in Bach’s Cantata BWV 207, conducted by chief conductor, Oleg Caetani. In the same year, she also performed as a soloist with Orchestra Victoria for their Community Program regional tour, conducted by Andrea Licata, and with the Melbourne Chorale as the soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Haydn’s Maria Theresa Mass, conducted by Jonathan Grieves Smith. In April 2006, she performed the role of Sandman from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Markus Stenz and appeared as a guest artist with the Melbourne New Orchestra as part of the Morning Melodies series at Hamer Hall.

In 2007, Jacqueline performed the World Premiere of / -would sing a little -while, a Song Cycle for Soprano and String Orchestra by Calvin Bowman, with the Australia Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra. Jacqueline was also invited to take part in a workshop of scenes from the new opera by Richard Mills, The Love of the Nightingale, in which she sang the role of Echo/Aphrodite. Other performances include the Mozart Requiem (Melbourne Chorale), the Faure Requiem (Box Hill Chorale and Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra), Berlioz’s Les nuits d’ete and Gounod’s Messe solennelle de Sainte Cecile.

Jacqueline recently made her operatic debut with Victorian Opera as L’Amour in the Gluck/Berlioz version of Orphee et Eurydice and sang the role ofDespina in the Victorian tour of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte in October.

Christopher Busietta completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in 2006, studying with Peter Mander. Whilst at the Melba, he was the recipient of the Robert Salzer scholarship and Jean Robinson prize.

His main passion is for opera and music theatre. Since completing high school, he has performed principal roles in amateur companies around Melbourne, the highlight being nominated for a Lyrebird award in 2005 (Best supporting actor in a Musical).

Christopher made his professional singing debut in 2004 singing the tenor arias in J.S. Bach’s St John’s Passion with the Scots Church choir and orchestra to critical acclaim and performs regularly as a tenor soloist in concert and in oratorio.

He made his operatic debut in the role of Pedrillo for Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s 2006 production of Mo/art’s The Abduction from the Seraglio. Last year he also performed a lead role in the workshop of Australian musical, Nostradamus. Other professional operatic roles include a recent season as Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola (Rossini) with Lyric Opera and he is currently touring primary schools with OzOpera’s The Barber of Seville in the role of Count Almaviva. He has also been a member of the Melbourne chorus for several productions with Opera Australia.

He was the winner of the Waverley Aria in 2004. In 2005 he won the Australian Youth Aria and Dandenong Festival’s gold medal and was vocal champion in the Royal South Street Society Competitions. He has also been a Liederfest finalist, a runner-up in the Singer of the Year Competition and a semi-finalist in the Herald-Sun aria. He is also a current semi-finalist for the German Australian Operatic Grant, which takes place in December.
Christopher’s ultimate dream is to pursue a full-time performing career in opera and musical theatre, with some composition on the side.

David McSkimming has been, over many years, a regular performer in concert and on radio for the ABC. Since graduating with a Masters Degree in Piano Performance, he has played harpsichord and organ continue and piano with the Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra. He has also played French Horn in the Adelaide Symphony .

He has given recitals with many of Australia’s most distinguished musicians, including singers Yvonne Kenny, Rosamund Illing, Marilyn Richardson, Joan Carden, Elizabeth Campbell as well as Merlyn Quaife, Emma Matthews and Jonathan Summers. He has given recitals with violinists Jane Peters and Miwako Abe and hornplayer Richard Runnels. In October 1998 as part of the Melbourne festival, and was the associate artist in recitals with the renowned Korean soprano Sumi Jo and American tenor Gary Lakes. In the same Festival he was the accompanist for the Sir Yehudi Menuhin Masterclass.

David was a member of the State Opera Of South Australia from 1976 – 1989, after which he worked with the Victoria State Opera as Principal Repetiteur until joining’Opera Australia for the year 1997. He has also worked with Opera Factory Zurich. His repertoire extends to more than 125 operas. David is an Associate Artist at the Australian National Academy of Music where he has worked with artists including English mezzo soprano Sarah Walker and Australian baritone Gregory Yurisich. He is still based in Melbourne and for nine years from 1998, freelanced and as such travelled all over Australia as an accompanist and repetiteur. Recently, during 2003-04 David spent seven months as principal repetiteur for the State opera of South Australia’s Ring Cycle.

David has recently been appointed to the position of Head of Music at Victorian Opera and he appears today by courtesy of Victorian Opera (where he also coaches their Young Artist singers.)

His recording with Rosamund Illing,” Songs of Duparc and Poulenc” received widespread acclaim both in Australia and internationally and was voted “Australian Classical Vocal CD Of The Year” in 1997. He has also recorded a CD of Chinese songs with tenor Yu Jixing; with violinist, Miwako Abe, a CD of French violin music; and in 2005 a CD of English songs and duets with Anthony Warlow and David Hobson was released. Released in September 2006 was “The Exquisite Hour”, a recording with tenor David Hobson, of songs of France.

David has been the official accompanist for a number of Australia’s most prestigious singing competitions, including the Herald Sun Aria Final, the German-Australian Operatic Award, the Welsh Singer of the Year Award and the Lieder Society’s “Liederfest”. David has appeared as a piano soloist and as an accompanist in a number of live, nationalbroadcasts for ‘ABC Classic FM’, including a broadcast with the Australian composer/clarinetist, Brigid Burke.

Internationally, David has performed throughout Asia and Europe. In 2004 he performed in South Korea, appearing in Chamber Made Opera’s production, “Recital”, featuring the Australian soprano Helen Noonan. He has accompanied some of Australia’s most distinguished singers in recitals, including Joanna Cole, Tiffany Speight, Bernadette Cullen, Suzanne Johnston, Roxane Hislop, Deborah Riedel, Rosamund Illing and from New Zealand, Teddy Tahu Rhodes. David is very involved in the musical life of Melbourne as a freelance accompanist, soloist, organist and teacher. He teaches at Loreto Mandeville Hall and is the accompanist/vocal-coach with the 4th year students at the Melba Conservatorium.