About Shakespeare in the Opera House - Vanessa Strydom (soprano) and Friends

For centuries the words of William Shakespeare have inspired numerous operas on countless stages around the world. His plays have been the influence for some of the leading 19th century composer’s greatest operatic achievements. This concert features operatic excerpts from some of the 19th century¹s most beloved Shakespearian operas including: Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet (1868), Guiseppe Verdi’s Macbeth (1847), Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor) (1848) and Charles-François Gounod's Roméo et Juliette (1867). Featuring some of Brisbane¹s upcoming opera performers, this concert includes a range of vocal pieces from duets and trios to large chorus ensemble works. The works are partially staged with piano accompaniment and each audience member will receive a detailed program on the works performed with a brief critical discussion at the end. This concert aims to enlighten its audience on the influence of Shakespeare on 19th century opera through musical entertainment.

Vanessa Strydom

Vanessa Strydom is a Queensland-educated soprano who completed her Bachelor of Music degree (majoring in Performance) at The University of Queensland in 2014 with First Class Honours. Under the teachings of Sarah Crane, she received a high distinction for both her final recital and her chamber opera performance. She is now undertaking a PhD in Musicology at The University of Queensland where she is investigating gender in three operatic adaptations of Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. In mid 2015, Vanessa was the soprano soloist for the University of Queensland’s epic Carmina Burana QPAC concert, backed by five choirs and the University of Queensland symphony orchestra, totaling over 500 musicians onstage. Earlier in 2015, she was awarded the Bendigo Bank Classical Singing Scholarship at the Quota Beenleigh Eisteddfod. In 2013 Vanessa won the Vocal Bursary Award at the Brisbane and in 2014 she won The University of Queensland Vocal Prize as well as placing in various sections of the Queensland Music Teachers Association Eisteddfod.  Vanessa has sung as a soloist for The Bach Society of Queensland Choir, The Brisbane Mandolin Orchestra and in Sola Voce's performance of Purcell's King Arthur. Vanessa has also performed in a variety of solo concerts for The Western Music Circle and 4MBS Classical FM and in The Badinerie Players C.P.E. Bach’s 300th Anniversary Concert


Nickson Room, School of Music