An image of Tahu Matheson, Head of Music at Opera Australia, conducting.

TAHU MATHESON

HEAD OF MUSIC, OPERA AUSTRALIA

Tahu has worked for Opera Australia since 2007 and in 2017 became Head of Music for the company. He studied piano with Kalle Randalu in Germany, and with Oleg Stepanov and Natasha Vlassenko at the Queensland Conservatorium, where he completed his Master of Music. He is a frequent accompanist for international artists including Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Anthony Dean Griffey, Yvonne Kenny and Emma Matthews.

Tahu has conducted many concerts including a concert performance of a new opera, Nelson, by Stuart Greenbaum in London, and a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for 4MBS Radio in Brisbane. Last year he made his debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Tahu performed the Rachmaninov Preludes Op 23 and the world premiere of Ten Concert Studies for Piano, written for him by Edwin Carr (New Zealand International Festival of the Arts – recorded on CD for international release by Kiwi Pacific Records). He has been a soloist in the major concert venues throughout Australia and New Zealand, toured for Musica Viva and Chamber Music New Zealand, and been broadcast on New Zealand and Australian radio and television.

In 2015, Tahu conducted Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins for Victorian Opera. This work was paired with the premiere of a new work by four Australian Composers, of the same name, but with updated subject matter and music.

Opera Australia repertoire: Conductor: ToscaL’elisir d’amoreThe Magic Flute and The Pearlfishers at Sydney Opera House; Aida on the Beach and tours of Don Giovanni.

Assistant Conductor: the Ring Cycle, Bliss, Falstaff, Otello, Rigoletto, Carmen, Capriccio, Of Mice and Men, The Barber of Seville, Lucia di Lammermoor, Werther, The Magic Flute, La Bohème, La Traviata, Madama Butterfly, La sonnambula, Orpheus in the Underworld, A Streetcar Named Desire, Billy Budd and Don Giovanni.

 

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Audiences are raving about State Opera's production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Have you booked to see the barber? ... See MoreSee Less

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This was an absolutely amazing production! The cast performed with absolute abandon. Hysterical, dark and edgey with belly laughs to boot! When you take the stage away from extremely talented performers for too long, this is what happens! Finally they have been let out of their cage after more than 12 months and set free to play! Euphoric! As an audience member I was transported into their world! A memorable night in the theatre filled with thespians who have been starved of performing and boy did they feast on the energetic audience! A must see for anyone.

Pie Contest! The legendary Maggie Beer has created an exclusive pork, apple and blood sausage pie for the launch of Sweeney Todd. To get your hands on one of these mouth-watering delights, let us know how far you would go (within the law of course) for a Maggie Beer pie.

T&Cs. The top 10 answers across Facebook and Instagram, as judged by State Opera, will be announced by 6pm, 6 May and winners will be notified via private message. For winners within the Adelaide metro area, pies can be delivered on 7 May, otherwise pickup will be arranged.

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Pie Contest! The legendary Maggie Beer has created an exclusive pork, apple and blood sausage pie for the launch of Sweeney Todd. To get your hands on one of these mouth-watering delights, let us know how far you would go (within the law of course) for a Maggie Beer pie.

T&Cs. The top 10 answers across Facebook and Instagram, as judged by State Opera, will be announced by 6pm, 6 May and winners will be notified via private message. For winners within the Adelaide metro area, pies can be delivered on 7 May, otherwise pickup will be arranged.

📷 Martin Philbey

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I live in the Southern Suburbs but I would crawl on my hands and knees over rugged terrain and through dangerous bushland all the way to the beautiful Barossa Valley just to even smell the scent of a delicious Maggie Beer pie! 🥧

Would I go so far as to sell my first born???? Nicola Probably?!! 🤔👀😋🤣 Or possibly our 2nd born.... Louis??!!! ❤️ Such delicious pies!!!!!! Yes I would! ps see you on the 11th.. Can. Not. Wait!!!! !

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Who wouldn't love one of these Maggie Beer pies specially created for State Opera's upcoming smash hit of SWEENEY TODD THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. Her Majesty's Theatre Adelaide see you all there for 🎼MORE HOT PIES! Tickets @ Bass MAY 8th to May 15th

I have sailed the world beheld its wonders. From my home in London, to the streets of Radalaide. But there’s no pies like MAGGIE’S... I am home again. ❤️🥧

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Did you see us in Adelaide Central Market this morning? 7NEWS Adelaide was there to catch all the action! ... See MoreSee Less

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How wonderful! Would've loved to have seen/heard it!

I love flash mobs, would love to be around when one performed!

Sensational! Best of luck for an awesome season

Fantastic! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Great to see the family well represented😃🥰

Issy Darwent

Ha! Great stuff!!

Wish one day to witness it ...while I’m out there...must be awesome!

Wow 😯 wish I was there!

Wow,wish we knew of this absolutely beautiful performance today 👏

André Agnew 😃

That is so powerful

Francis Nicholls 🙂

Brilliant 👏👏👏

Rebecca

I saw you and I.m in England loved the singing and the market.

Stephanie McAlister 😍

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Blink and you'll miss it! the Sweeney Todd cast sneak into the markets. ... See MoreSee Less

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Brilliant

Love it. Would have been fun to film near a butchers 😀

Just great love this musical have my ticket so looking forward to it.

Incredible - wish I could have been there!!!

Looks like and sounds like the market came to life this morning! Well done

Tania Macdonald, Kylie Tee, Greg Simes - looking forward to next Saturday night!

Love it

Awesome 👍 ... is it too late to get down there 🧐🥴😁😁

Awesome👏👏

Amazing ❤

Fabulous

Bec Bulley highly recommend you and Tom go see if you can. Same production WAO did a few years ago

Wish I could see it!

Awsum

Loved it

Awesome Jo Can't wait to see you x

Yay!!!

Wow impact

Wonderful 💜

Saw you on Ch7 news Andrew!

Fabulous 😍

Sue Denton I must've *just* missed this!

Fabulous

Wow.

Saw you on the news!

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