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Liane Keegan - alto

Successes in the roles of Erda, First Norn and Waltraute (Die Walküre) in Der Ring des Nibelungen in Adelaide have confirmed Liane Keegan as one of Australia's finest dramatic contraltos. Other engagements in recent seasons include First Norn (Götterdämmerung) for English National Opera; Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des carmélites) (in concert) at the Edinburgh International Festival; Page Salome with the Hong Kong Symphony Orchestra with Edo de Waart; Filipjevna (Eugene Onegin) for Staatsoper Stuttgart and recital appearances in Siena, Florence and the Winchester Festival in the UK.

Keegan has also been a member of the ensemble of Theater Hagen where her roles included Klytämnestra (Elektra) and Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), as well as Leocadja Begbick (Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) and Brigitta (Die tote Stadt). She sang Wagner Wesendonck Lieder in Hans Werner Henze's orchestration with the Philharmonische Ochester Hagen. She has also sung Mary (Der Fliegende Holländer) and Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana) at the Deutsche Opera Berlin, where she was a member of the ensemble from 2008/09 until the 2010/11 season, and with whom she has since been a regular guest.

Born in Australia, Ms. Keegan received scholarships from the Opera Foundation Australia and Shell Royal Opera House Covent Garden Scholarship, which enabled her to study at the National Opera Studio in London. She attended the Summer School in Graz on the American Institute of Musical Studies Scholarship and Opera Foundation Australia, and in 1997, she won a Bayreuth Bursary from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.

She came to the attention of both critics and public alike with roles including Azucena (Il trovatore) for the Opera of South Australia and Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) for Opera Australia conducted by Simone Young. This was followed by Mistress Quickly in the Minnesota Sommerfest production of Falstaff; Principessa (Adriana Lecouvreur and Suor Angelica); Suzuki (Madama Butterfly); Rosa Mamai (L'Arlesiana); and Akhrosimova (War and Peace). More recent highlights have included First Norn in Götterdämmerung for Perth International Arts Festival, Offred's Mother (The Handmaid's Tale) for English National Opera and Janacek Glagolitic Mass for Sydney Symphony under Sir Charles Mackerras.

Concert appearances have included recitals at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Mozart Requiem with Sir Neville Mariner and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbara in the British premiere of Korngold (Violanta) conducted by Paul Daniel at the 1997 BBC Proms Concerts, Waltraute in the 3rd Act of (Die Walküre) at the Edinburgh Festival conducted by Antonio Pappano and First Norn in Sydney Symphony's (Götterdämmerung) for the Olympic Arts Festival.

As a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Liane Keegan’s roles included Filipjevna (Eugene Onegin), Anna (Les Troyens), Emilia (Otello), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro), Siegrune (Die Walküre'), Erste Norn (Götterdämmerung), Madelon (Andrea Chénier), Mother Johanna (Dialogues des carmélites) and Adelaide (Arabella). Future engagements include revivals of some of many of the the above roles in addition to the Mayor’s Wife (Jenufa) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Badessa (Suor Angelica) with the Deutsches Symphonie.

The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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