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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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State Opera is saddened to learn of the passing of John Haddock overnight. A wonderful musician and composer, John’s powerhouse opera Madeline Lee was part of our inaugural Lost Operas of Oz season in 2019. A consummate artist, John performed the two-piano version of his score for the Adelaide season with Michael Ierace, under the baton of Warwick Stengårds. State Opera staff and artists honour the passing of an enormously talented man.

📷 John Haddock (centre), rehearsing with Warwick Fyfe and Robert Macfarlane. ©Soda Street Productions

📷The flight crew of Madeline Lee – State Opera South Australia season, 2019 (Robert Macfarlane, Pelham Andrews, Nicholas Cannon, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i) ©Soda Street Productions
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State Opera is saddened to learn of the passing of John Haddock overnight. A wonderful musician and composer, John’s powerhouse opera Madeline Lee was part of our inaugural Lost Operas of Oz season in 2019. A consummate artist, John performed the two-piano version of his score for the Adelaide season with Michael Ierace, under the baton of Warwick Stengårds. State Opera staff and artists honour the passing of an enormously talented man. 

📷 John Haddock (centre), rehearsing with Warwick Fyfe and Robert Macfarlane. ©Soda Street Productions

📷The flight crew of Madeline Lee – State Opera South Australia season, 2019 (Robert Macfarlane, Pelham Andrews, Nicholas Cannon, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i) ©Soda Street ProductionsImage attachment

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Such a very sad loss. His Madeline Lees was unforgettable.

Valé 🙏

A very sad news, vale.

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These are my three gorgeous ones. Hugh and Viktor at the front. Missy, the Princess, at the back.

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Who needs love when you can have revenge instead? To all you jilted lovers out there, treat yourselves this Valentine’s Day. stateopera.com.au/sweeney-todd-2021

If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. To our Victorian counterparts, to everyone affected by the lockdown, we are thinking of you over the next five days.

For the students in Melbourne who are part of our Summer Opera Academy, it wouldn’t be the same without you, so we are postponing until we can have you all here with us. For those that have purchased tickets to any of the events, your tickets will be automatically refunded in the next 7 days.

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If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry. To our Victorian counterparts, to everyone affected by the lockdown, we are thinking of you over the next five days. 

For the students in Melbourne who are part of our Summer Opera Academy, it wouldn’t be the same without you, so we are postponing until we can have you all here with us. For those that have purchased tickets to any of the events, your tickets will be automatically refunded in the next 7 days.

Image: Dominic J Walsh & Amelia Berry - The Mikado - State Opera South Australia © Soda Street Productions

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Is there meaning in the fact that the woman representing the rest of Australia is a New Zealander?

We are delighted to welcome our very first cohort to the State Opera Summer Opera Academy, commencing on February 15. We are committed to nurturing and championing emerging Australian operatic talent and are thrilled at the calibre of participants. Presenting the class of 2021. stateopera.com.au/opera-academy/

Cameron Sibly - Tenor (VIC)
Gabrielle Penney - Soprano (NSW)
Kim Worley - Tenor (SA)
Stella Hannock - Mezzo (NSW)
Kiran Rajasingam - Baritone (VIC)
Esther Counsel - Soprano (VIC)
Kristin Astouroghlian - Mezzo (VIC)
Zachary McCulloch - Tenor (VIC)
Sara Donnelly - Soprano (QLD)
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We are delighted to welcome our very first cohort to the State Opera Summer Opera Academy, commencing on February 15. We are committed to nurturing and championing emerging Australian operatic talent and are thrilled at the calibre of participants. Presenting the class of 2021. stateopera.com.au/opera-academy/

Cameron Sibly - Tenor (VIC)
Gabrielle Penney - Soprano (NSW)
Kim Worley - Tenor (SA)
Stella Hannock - Mezzo (NSW)
Kiran Rajasingam - Baritone (VIC)
Esther Counsel - Soprano (VIC)
Kristin Astouroghlian - Mezzo (VIC)
Zachary McCulloch - Tenor (VIC)
Sara Donnelly - Soprano (QLD)

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Excellent. Well done. Will there be a "graduation" concert?

Yay for Sara and Cameron! 👏👏

Oh dear - another border closure - I hope this does not affect the academy?

Congrats everyone!!

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