Teresa LaRocca completed a drama and music degree at Adelaide University. She was a finalist in the ABC’s Young Performers’ Award and went on to win the State Opera Aria, the Herald-Sun Aria and the Metropolitan Opera Awards. Her roles for State Opera of South Australia have included, Norina in Don Pasquale, Parasha in Stravinsky’s Mavra, Yum Yum in The Mikado, Despina in Così fan Tutte and the soprano role in the highly acclaimed Flamma Flamma for the Adelaide Festival.
For the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Teresa has performed in their Symphony Under the Stars, A Viennese Gala, Handel’s Messiah and the soprano solo in Vaughan Williams’ Symphony Antarctica. She made her debut with Opera Australia singing Queen of Night in The Magic Flute and her major roles since with the national company have included Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and The Milliner in Der Rosenkavalier; for OzOpera, she toured nationally as Musetta in La bohème and Micaela in Carmen.
In recent seasons, Teresa has appeared as soloist with the Sydney Symphony in their Amore series of concerts as well as Symphony in the Domain, starred in Viva Vivaldi for Vision Events in Perth, performed the title role in Bel Canto’s Lucia di Lammermoor, sang major roles in Co*Opera’s productions of Pagliacci and The Impresario and has been a frequent guest soloist with Sydney Philharmonia and the Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Willoughby Symphony Orchestras. She made her debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006 and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra the following year.
Recent appearances with Opera Australia have included Rosina in The Barber of Seville, the title role in Manon Lescaut and Marianne in Der Rosenkavalier; for State Opera – Liù in Turandot and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro.
In 2011 and 2012 Teresa LaRocca sang the role of Lisa in La Sonnambula for State Opera and Berta in The Barber of Seville and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni all for Opera Australia.
Teresa is now freelancing in Adelaide where she has sung the role of Sharon in Masterclass and was a featured artist in Viva Verdi’s (A celebration of Verdi’s music and the Puccini Spectacular for State Opera and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Teresa performed the role of Berta for State Opera, the Innocence suite by Anne Crawse with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Verdi Requiem for the Big Sing in Tanunda and Adelaide. Last year Teresa returned to State Opera to perform Annina in their successful production of La Traviata.
As Musical Director for the Italian Choral and Arts Society, she directed three concerts and engagements last year, culminating in their Masquerade Concert at the Woodville Town Hall.
Teresa is a member of the Italian COMITES SA committee and their current event manager and the creator and Musical Director of the annual St Clair Carols by Candlelight.