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JOANNA
McWATERS

SOPRANO

Joanna McWaters has been singing with State Opera for 25 years, working her way up from chorus to principal artist. Her roles with the company include the title role in “Madama Butterfly”, Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Mrs. Hargreaves (Boojum), Lily Brayton (At the Dome Room at 2 o’clock – World Premiere), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Rose (At the Statue of Venus – Australian Premiere), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Owl/Forester’s Wife (Cunning Little Vixen) and Dolly Pickles in the World Premiere season of “Cloudstreet” to high acclaim.

 

In the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival, she performed the title role in “Tosca” for Mopoke Productions. She was due to reprise this role in a new Co-Opera touring production before the COVID-19 lockdown. Other roles with Co-Opera include Adele & Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Nedda (I Pagliacci), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Sivilglia), Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance), Gianetta (The Gondoliers) and Mimi in a national tour of “La Bohème”.

 

Roles with other companies include Eileen o da Freya (Daughter of the Sea), Alma (Stari Most), Mother/Witch (Hansel & Gretel), Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute) and Maria (West Side Story).

 

Joanna has been the recipient of scholarships to undertake post-graduate studies in both Taiwan and Luxembourg. She was a James & Diana Ramsay Foundation Emerging Artist (State Opera of South Australia) and is an inaugural graduate of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Programme. Joanna was recently awarded a grant from the National Assistance Program for the Arts Grants awarded by the Philanthropy Australia’s Arts Funders supporting artists during the current pandemic. She is also in demand as a concert soloist and for corporate functions and dinners.

Future engagements include the role of The Beggar Woman in State Opera’s “Sweeney Todd” later this year.

PERFORMANCES WITH STATE OPERA SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Mrs. Hargreaves – Boojum! (2019)
Owl/Forester’s Wife – Cunning Little Vixen (2019)
Lily Brayton – At the Dome Room at 2 o’clock (2017)
Nedda – I Pagliacci (2017)
Dolly Pickles – Cloudstreet (2016)
Soloist Puccini Spectacular (2016)
Queen of the Night – The Magic Flute (2016)
Cio Cio San – Madama Butterfly (2013)
Cupid – Orpheus in the Underworld (2012)
Rose – At the Statue of Venus (2006)
Queen of the Night The Magic Flute (2011)
Lillas Pastia Carmen (2011)
Nedda Pagliacci (2010)

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My State Opera favourite moment was performing the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. It is an Everest of a role and truly a test of mental, physical, and vocal stamina. I was surrounded by wonderful colleagues both on and off stage, and together, we created something very special. It was one of the most harmonious (no pun intended!) productions I have ever been a part of.

I treasure every single memory from the very first rehearsal to the standing ovation at the end of the sold-out final performance. Most of all, it marked my change from ensemble performer to State Opera principal artist and I will be forever grateful to have been given that opportunity from a company that I have grown up with and hold very dear in my heart. - Joanna McWaters - Lyric Soprano
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My State Opera favourite moment was performing the title role in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly”. It is an Everest of a role and truly a test of mental, physical, and vocal stamina. I was surrounded by wonderful colleagues both on and off stage, and together, we created something very special. It was one of the most harmonious (no pun intended!) productions I have ever been a part of. 

I treasure every single memory from the very first rehearsal to the standing ovation at the end of the sold-out final performance. Most of all, it marked my change from ensemble performer to State Opera principal artist and I will be forever grateful to have been given that opportunity from a company that I have grown up with and hold very dear in my heart. - Joanna McWaters - Lyric Soprano

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Brilliant performance 👏👏

Was fabulous and my partners first full opera that he loved and he is a truckie ❤️

I came and saw you in this. I was right at the back of the theatre and I never had any issues hearing every word you sang it was truly beautiful

Have seen Madama butterfly 4 times! Still my absolute favourite opera🥰each one stunning & performed beautifully... Thanku🙏❤️

Was this a the festival theatre about 4 or so years ago? Absolutely brilliant and memorable production.

Your performance was a turning point in your career, I thought.

First opera in which I saw you. Great Wow! factor!

And you were wonderful xxx

Beautiful performance🤗😘

Fantastic performance! 🍾

You were wonderful

Love it!

I prefer to call you Madame Spanks

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"McWaters captured the hearts of everyone in the crowd with a voice that seemed born for the role." - Limelight Magazine

Joanna McWaters performs Dolly's Aria from Cloudstreet. Dolly is the role that Joanna created and premiered in 2016. Have you caught up on all of the Arias From the Archives episodes?
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One day I dream to sing this role as beautifully as you jo x

Such a great role Jo McWaters!

Palmer spent five years transforming Cloudstreet, one of the country’s most beloved stories into operatic form – both composing the music and adapting Winton’s 427-page novel into a libretto.

We look back on this production in our Arias from the Archives series with Joanna McWaters performing Dolly's aria watch here: youtu.be/1GcP8H63Kso
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Palmer spent five years transforming Cloudstreet, one of the country’s most beloved stories into operatic form – both composing the music and adapting Winton’s 427-page novel into a libretto. 

We look back on this production in our Arias from the Archives series with Joanna McWaters performing Dollys aria watch here: https://youtu.be/1GcP8H63Kso

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Love it too. An amazing production with our talented artists.

This was the best moment of the opera, (or one of the best). Loved it.

Still on my Bucket list!! Love , love , love it!!

I would love to see this again - it changed me forever

Must be revived as so many people missed out!

Brilliant production!

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As a company, we love connecting deeply with South Australians and are proud to bring so many Australians home to sing for you.

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Looking forward to the next time you are home Grant Doyle 🎼

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