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Rosamund Illing - soprano

Rosamund Illing is one of Australia’s most renowned sopranos. Her career spans the breadth of the repertoire for lyric soprano in opera, symphony and song. She has performed in England, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia and her recordings have been showered with many accolades.

After graduating with honours from the University of Adelaide, Ms Illing continued her studies in England and Italy. She soon embarked on an impressive series of opera engagements in Great Britain with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (as Musetta in La bohème with Placido Domingo as Rodolfo), English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at the Wexford Festival. In Australia, Ms Illing has performed with each of the state opera companies and Opera Australia.

Ms Illing’s operatic repertoire demonstrates her knowledge and experience performing some of the genres great soprano roles, including: Alcina, Abigaille, Donna Anna, Elettra, Vitellia, Gilda, Norina, Marguerite, Amelia, Cio Cio San, Liù, Mimì, Nedda and many more.

On the concert platform, Ms Illing has performed with Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerass, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir George Solti, Gustav Kuhn and Richard Bonynge, in association with many of the great orchestras. She has appeared in recital at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Melbourne and Perth International Arts Festivals and at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Rosamund Illing has an impressive discography. She has recorded Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under Sir Charles Mackerras, Mahler’s Symphony No 2 under Stuart Challender and German Romantic Arias under Heribert Esser. Her recital disc with David McSkimming of Poulenc and Duparc songs was nominated for an Aria award. She also performs the extraordinary Salaambo’s Aria on a 1991 recording of the motion picture score of Citizen Kane.

Her solo disc, Amoureuse (a selection of arias from operas of Jules Massenet, conducted by Richard Bonynge) was released by Melba Recordings. Ms Illing also appears as Musetta on the Emmy Award-winning video of La bohème and as Despina in Così fan tutte for ABC Video. She appears as soprano soloist in the recording of the Verdi Requiem with Simone Young for ABC Classics. In 2008, Melba Recordings released Saint-Saëns' Hélène with Ms Illing in the title role. In 2009 Rosamund sang Ravel's Scheherazade with Orchestra Victoria and Verdi's Requiem with the Queensland Symphony.

In 2010, Rosamund performed the role of Una Poenitentiam in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Adelaide Festival and appeared in recital for Art Song NSW. Other projects have included a recital with Professor Ian Holtham for Musica Viva and a performance of the Four Last Songs with Stonnington Symphony, conducted by Barry Tuckwell.

In 2012, Ms. Illing performed Rachmaninov songs in recital with pianist, Eidit Golder presented by Melbourne Artsong Collective at MRC salon; performed in the opening concerts of the newly refurbished Hamer Hall; appeared as The Minister’s Wife, a role she created, in the WA season of Pecan Summer; performed the soprano solo in Faure's 'Requiem' 'Sing for a cure' concert in St Patricks Cathedral conducted by Jonathon Welch and performed Massenet songs in recital with accompanist Raymond M Lawrence and appeared with Orchestra Victoria performing Chaussons' Poeme de L'Amour et de la Mer under the baton of Maestro Guillaume Tourniaire.

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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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