Full cast announced for State Opera’s upcoming production of BOOJUM!

Not quite an opera, not quite a musical comedy, Boojum! is an irresistible contemporary snark hunt. Based on Lewis Carroll’s legendary poem “The Hunting of the Snark”Boojum! leads us on a journey as we uncover Nonsense, Truth and Lewis Carroll, or as he was known to his family Reverend Charles Dodgson.Described as possessing a ‘Gilbert-and-Sullivan-meets-David-Lynch vibe’ the piece is both a human examination of Carroll and his moral true-self Dodgson, and a meandering, quirky, beautiful feast of words and music. It is nothing short of ‘light-hearted but deadly-serious choral fantasy.”

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Adam Goodburn

Rv C L Dodgson

Adam completed his Bachelor of Music degree for vocal performance at The Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide University in 2003. Adam’s performing highlights have been performing the role of Nanki Poo (The Mikado) for Opera Australia; Goro (Madame Butterfly), Pang (Turandot), Don Basilio (The Marriage of Figaro), the comic roles Nathanael/ Cochenille/Pittichinaccio/Franz (The Tales of Hoffmann), Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld) for State Opera of South Australia and Giorgio (Ode to Nonsense) for Slingsby.
In 2007 Adam performed the role of Mahatma Gandhi in Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha (State Opera/Adelaide Vocal Project and Leigh Warren & Dancers). The role earned him a Helpmann Award nomination for best male performer in an opera.
Adam has recently appeared as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of South Australia) and Raoul St Brioche in The Merry Widow (The State Opera of South Australia).
Adam is the co-founder of SINGular Productions and produced I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Elegies: A Song Cycle; Different Fields and “It’s a dad thing: The Musical” and is currently developing two new Australian operas with State Opera of South Australia titled, ‘Innocence’ and a new chamber opera.

Brock Roberts

Lewis Carroll

Brock Roberts is a lyric tenor and director working in opera and musical theatre. He has performed and directed in the USA, Germany, the UK, Malta and Australia.
As a soloist he has sung Don Ottavio ( Don Giovanni ), First Servant ( Don Quichotte ), Gherardo ( Gianni Schicchi), Johnny Inkslinger ( Paul Bunyan ), Sam Kaplan ( Street Scene ), Ko-ko ( The Mikado ), Gastone ( La Traviata ) as well as singing chorus for numerous operas. Brock has directed Carmen , Venus and Adonis , Actéon , Orpheus in the Underworld , a new work, To Himself, Alone and Into the Woods. He has also been the assistant director on Parsifal, Act III Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, The Phantom of the Opera, Tosca and Ava’s Wedding and associate directed Tosca .

Later this year, he will be directing Alice Through the Opera Glass in Melbourne with Victorian Opera as well as assistant directing on the revival of Werther at the Royal Opera House, London.

Katrina Mackenzie

Alice

Soprano, Katrina Mackenzie is a graduate of Classical Performance, Voice at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours).

She has been a recipient of many awards and prizes including the Adelaide Choral Society Prize for Classical Voice, finalist in The Friends of the State Opera Dawn Wallace Aria Award and Vocal Prize winner in the 5mbs Young Virtuoso SA Final.

Katrina performs regularly in recital and as a concert and oratorio soloist and sings recurrently with SA companies Adelaide Hills Music Circle and Co-Opera. In 2018, Katrina began working with the State Opera of South Australia as an Emerging Artist and has since performed in the chorus of SOSA productions Die Meistersinger Act III (Wagner), The Pearl Fishers and Carmen (Bizet) and is now looking forward to joining the chorus of Madama Butterfly (Puccini) in November.

Joanna McWaters

Mrs Hargreaves

One of South Australia’s favourite sopranos, Joanna McWaters, was most recently seen in her debut in the title role in Mopoke Theatre Productions’ “Tosca” during the Adelaide Fringe. Roles for State Opera of South Australia include the title role in “Madama Butterfly”, Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Cupid (Orpheus in the Underworld), Rose (At the Statue of Venus – Australian Premiere), Nedda (I Pagliacci) and Dolly Pickles in the World Premiere season of Cloudstreet. Other roles include Mimi (La Bohème), Maria (West Side Story), Rosalinda & Adele (Die Fledermaus) and Rosina (Il Barbiere di Sivilglia).

Joanna has been the recipient of scholarships to undertake post-graduate studies in both Taiwan and Luxembourg. She was a 2014 James & Diana Ramsay Foundation Emerging Artist and is an inaugural graduate of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Summer School. She is also in demand as a concert soloist and for corporate functions and dinners.

Jeremy Tatchell

Al, The American

Joshua Rowe

Wal, the Bellman

Josh Rowe has performed for opera companies around Australia; including Opera Queensland, Victorian Opera, State Opera of South Australia. His many awards include the 2007 Queensland Arts Council Performing Arts Scholarship and Runner Up in the Dame Joan Sutherland Awards.

Josh has performed in many operas: including Romeo and Juliet, Lucia di Lammermoor, Nabucco, Turandot, The Magic Flute, Otello and Tosca. Josh made his principal role debut in 2007 with Richard Mills' The Love of the Nightingale for Opera Queensland. Josh also performed the role of Bottom in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream in 2008 for which he won the Sir Mostyn Hanger Opera Award. Josh made his role debut for State Opera SA as Krishna in Philip Glass’ Satyagraha in 2014 and has gone on to perform many roles for the company.

On the concert platform Joshua has performed as soloist for numerous popular works: including Britten’s War Requiem, Vaughan William’s A Sea Symphony, Bach’s St John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Haydn’s The Creation and Handel’s Messiah to name a few.

Josh was a 2008 Opera Queensland Developing artist and a 2014 State Opera South Australia ‘James and Diana Ramsay Foundation Emerging Artist’.

Mark Oates

Caterpillar

Norbert Hohl

Carl, the Russian

Trained at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, engagements have included over forty opera and operetta productions with State Opera, Co-Opera and the Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl, Austria. In 2018, Norbert sang the role of Player 3 in the Helpmann Award-winning AF opera Hamlet, and Bogdanovich in State Opera’s Merry Widow. 2017 saw him perform the roles of Triquet and Lensky in Co-Opera’s Eugene Onegin and lively chorister in the acclaimed AF production of Saul. For State Opera Norbert also sang Joey in In the Dome Room, Gherardo in Gianni Schicchi, Giuseppe in La Traviata, First Prisoner in Fidelio, and Love Policeman in Orpheus in the Underworld. He was one of few singers to feature in all three operas of the Ruby Award-winning Philip Glass trilogy (Akhenaten, Satyagraha, and Einstein on the Beach) in 2014.

Norbert regularly performs chamber music and lieder and is a soloist with some of Adelaide’s finest choirs and orchestras (Verdi Spectacular with the ASO; Haydn’s Theresienmesse with Kapelle Singers; Respighi’s Lauda per la Natività del Signore with the Graduate Singers; Mozart’s Coronation Mass; Mendelssohn’s Symphony no. 2, Hayden’s Theresienmesse). In August this year he will feature as a soloist in Ariel Ramirez Misa Criolla with the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus.

Charlotte Kelso

Clarrie, the Butcher

Charlotte Kelso studied at the Elder Conservatorium, graduating with a Director’s Award and the Rae Cocking Memorial Prize. This year, she looks forward to singing with State Opera of South Australia as Young Christina in Edwards’ Christina’s World, and Peep-Bo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Her past operatic roles include Galatea (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo), Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Second Sprite (The Magic Flute), and Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas). Charlotte recently performed at the Coriole Music Festival, and was soloist for the Australian premiere of Kim André Arnesen’s Magnificat.

Other recent concert engagements include Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Theresienmesse and Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass), Mozart’s Missa Brevis K275, Bach’s cantatas 77, 78, 106, and 150, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Messiah, and notably in Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Suite with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. She was one of eight national finalists in the 2018 Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition for oratorio.

Catherine Campbell

Cora, the Bootmaker

Andrew Turner

Erroll

In State Opera’s recent production of The Merry Widow, Andrew featured as Baron Mirko Zeta, the Pontevedrian Ambassador. Other roles with SOSA include Frank/Dr. Blind (Die Fledermaus), Sir Herbert Beerbohm-Tree (In the Dome Room), Ping (Turandot), Dancairo (Carmen), Silvio (Pagliacci), First Soldier (Salome) and Horemhab (Akhnaten). In January this year he played Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

In the recent Adelaide Fringe, he played the lead tenor role of Cavaradossi in Tosca for Mopoke Productions. He followed this by playing the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance in its sixth Fringe season, a production he also directed. In 2017 he performed the role of Don Jose in Carmen for Elephant in the Room.

Jamie Moffatt

Hatter

Jamie studied at the Elder Conservatorium from 2007-2009, was a part of Co-Opera's national touring program from 2009-2017, and toured internationally in 'The Marriage of Figaro', 'Acis and Galatea', and 'Die Fledermaus', including an appearance at the Maifestpeile in Wiesbaden, Germany.

In 2013 Jamie joined The Australian Voices, performing in the off-Broadway première of 'Boombox'; the national tour of the choral opera 'MOON' and as one of six headliners for the 'La Voix Du Sud' festival in New Caledonia in 2013 and premièring Natalie Weir's Everyday Requiem in 2018.

Jamie has been a member of the chorus of SOSA since 2010 and in 2017 founded Elephant in the Room Productions through which they produced a production of Bizet's Carmen and produced, wrote for, and performed in the chamber works Once and Future and Midnight Sun including a performance at the national Festival of Voices.

Winter School

2019

Performing alongside our fabulous cast are our Winter School students who have spent two weeks being tutored in stagecraft, ensemble, audition technique, professional presentation and stage make-up alongside rehearsals for State Opera’s production of Australian opera Boojum! at Dunstan Playhouse.

Note:

Some winter School participants also perform in minor roles.

Our students
  • Victoria Ballestrin
  • Marie Campbell
  • Alexandra Fowler
  • Gianna Guttilla
  • Macintyre Howie Reeves
  • Victoria Kakoulis
  • Jolanta Kudra
  • Harmony Lee
  • Katrina Mackenzie
Students performing in minor roles
  • Marie Campbell
  • Ruby Washington
  • Nick Geddes
  • Victoria Kakoulis
  • Jolanta Kudra
  • Nick Geddes
  • Georgie Raft
  • Arianne Rich
  • Darci Sullivan
  • Sean Tanner
  • Ruby Washington
  • Rachel Wong
  • Emilie Woolfall

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