Roger Davy

Roger Davy

Tenor

Tenor Roger Davy, a well-known face in Australia and Internationally, began his career as a boy soprano before taking up a contract with Opera Queensland and studying Opera studies at Queensland University where he performed the Tamino” in The Magic Flute “Don Jose” in Carmen, where he was part of their Young Artist Program.

Moving to Sydney in 2001 Roger took up a contract with Opera Australia where understudied and performed roles including “Steva” in Jenufa, “Gabriele Ardorno” in Simon Boccanegra. and was finalist in Royal Covent Garden Scholarship.

He studied in Germany and the UK before performing major operatic roles in UK these roles include ” the title role in the Tales and Hoffman, Returning to Australia in 2006 was the inspiration behind the much-celebrated The Ten Tenors’. After leaving the Tenors in 2000 and moved into the entrepreneurial area to create his own entertainment company for aspiring young performers, Vavachi Entertainment.

In the past 10 years along with producing numerous free community Opera and Music in the park concerts, Roger has carved out a successful solo career with his unique trademark performance tributes, to the man and his music “Pavarotti Forever” along with Phantom of the Opera and the Singing Waiter.

In recent years Roger has established his reputation as one of Asia sort-after classical corporate performers. Performances include the Singapore F1 Grand 2008, 2009. 2011, The Henley Financial Group’s 20th year celebration dinner in 2010, Primasia Hong Kong and Aquatic Engineering & Construction International for Red Events Singapore in 2011. Roger has also performed concerts in Guangzhou China and New Delhi in India and was resident six-month performer at the Venetian Casino Macau/China. Returning to Australia in 2012 Roger produced and performed in “A Night under the Enchanting Stars” for Olivia Newton-John and partners at the exclusive GAIA Retreat and Spa and recently performed for Lexus of Brisbane for their Gala Melbourne Cup has performed and produced the charity entertainment gala dinner for the Qld Fireball.

Performing regularly at Singapore Grand Prix with Pavarotti tribute, Roger performed the role of David at the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of the Restrung Festival in the Chamber Opera “The Aqueduct”, in May 2013 Roger performed the principal role of Piangi in Queensland premier production of Phantom of the Opera with Savoyards, performed the role Alfredo in Ipswich City Orchestra’s concert performance of Fledermaus. Performances for 2015, included performing at exclusive Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru and a return performance at Gaia Retreat and Spa as part of the 10th Birthday celebrations. Recently returning to his first love of Opera, singing the role of Alfredo in La Traviata. In 2016 Roger and Vavachi Entertainment after producing the annual Music/Opera on Kings community concerts for over 10 years attracting over 5000 people, teamed up again with Creative Events Incorporated to produce Cirque de la Opera for the Horizon Festival on the Sunshine Coast, Roger recently played the title role of John Flynn in the Australian concert premiere of “In like Flynn” the musical at Gold Coast Arts Centre.

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Simone Nicole

Soprano

A regular performer with Vavachi, Simone Nicole is an accomplished signer, entertainer and cabaret artist, with vast experience on the international stage in countries including Germany, Austria, USA, South America and Australia.

Representing Australia at the 15th Annual World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles, has been a career highlight for Simone, one that saw her bring home 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals in the Broadway, Opera, World, Open & Variety categories.

Performing started at a young age, with Simone taking her first dance steps at the age of just 4. Graduating with an Honors Diploma from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Simone set her sights on Europe, working as a soloist in various Ballet Companies, including The Royal Norwegian Ballet Company, across Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Paraguay and Argentina.

A turn of fate, in the way of an on-stage dance accident in the height of Simone’s dance career, redirected her energy (and talent) to singing. Cultivating her vocal talents in multi-lingual classical repertoire before expanding into the world of musical.

Now as a triple threat, Simone’s journey took her across Europe performing in many musicals including Cabaret, Jesus Christ Super Star, The Phantom of the Opera, My Fair Lady, as well as the European Premiere of The Buddy Holly Story in Hamburg and Chicago in Vienna.

A world tour aboard the MS Arkona was the next adventure for this soloist signer, which resulted in Simone then taking an opportunity to sing with the band Robbie and the Lollipops, performing repertoire from the 60s and 70s and German Schlager (pop). During this time Simone also performed at various Galas throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland, had television appearances with Lionel Riche and performed at many charity events.

Bidding Europe adieu, Simone was ready to return to Australia and share her joy of performing with Australian audiences.

Since settling back home in Australia, Simone has produced her first Australian CD One Heart One Voice, and continues to challenge her artistic talents by captivating her audiences with an extensive repertoire of music ranging from light Opera, Operetta, Musical and Popular that can be enjoyed from her latest album From Europe with Love. Simone continues to dazzle audiences on stage at venues across Australia.

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Meg Kiddle

Soprano

Versatile soprano, Meg graduated from QLD Conservatorium in 2000 with a Bachelor of Music a Vocal Intensive Major (Classical) after which she spent a year studying at the Royal College of Music as an external student of Margaret Kingsley. Upon return to Australia Meg worked on the inaugural year of Opera QLD. Moving Opera and working as a freelance artist. Meg had previously worked with Opera QLD in the children’s opera Sid the Serpent who wanted to Sing, Hercules (another children’s opera) and as the title role in Handel Agrippina. Currently studying a Masters of Music in vocal pedagogy (Contemporary) at QLD Conservatorium, Meg also works with many community musical groups and has acted as Vocal Coach on many occasions and has seen her performing roles such as Carlotta (Phantom of the Opera), Lady Thiang (The King and I), Annas (Jesus Christ Superstar) and General Cartwright (Guys and Dolls). Meg also runs her own small teaching studio “the Castle Singing Studio and has been involved with Vavachi since 2003.

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Iain Henderson

Tenor

Iain Henderson is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCGU) under the tutelage of Margaret Schindler. He joined Opera Queensland in 2011 and has performed as a member of the Chorus in La Fanciulla del West, Macbeth, Carmen, St Matthew Passion, Otello and Rigoletto. In 2013 Iain was the cover of the role of Roderigo in Otello.

In June 2013, Iain achieved two First Place awards (Male Voice and Lieder), one Second place (Operatic Aria) and a Highly Commended (Italian Song) for the 21-25 year old section of the Sydney Eisteddfod. Iain has been awarded numerous prizes including the 2011 Hugh and Blanche Campbell Prize from Griffith University, the 2013 Ronald Dowd Memorial Prize for Tenors at the Sydney Eisteddfod and was the winner of the 2014 Joyce Campbell-Lloyd Scholarship from University of Southern Queensland. Iain was also participant in the 2013 Lisa Gasteen National Opera School for which he received a scholarship to attend.

As a student Iain has performed as a member of the Queensland Conservatorium Opera Chorus in The Fairy Queen (2011) and The Rakes Progress (2012) and was cast as the lead role of Tamino from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in the 2012 Machin Scenes. Iain has also covered the roles of Tom Rakewell (The Rakes Progress, 2012) and Rinuccio (Gianni Schicchi, 2011).

Since 2010 Iain has performed with Vavachi Entertainment and Aria Productions in numerous corporate and social events. Iain has performed at several events including Broadway to Pavarotti (2010), Dell Ugo’s Restaurant Italian Opera nights (2011-12) and Earth Hour Candlelight Opera Gala (2012). With Vavachi Entertainment Iain has performed as The Phantom (from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera) in Masquerade Dinner Theatre, Hormone Explosion: Opera Cirque and Singing Waiter and Broadway to Pavarotti Dinner Theatre shows.

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Anna Stephens

Soprano

Following her passion for music after winning the Elizabeth Muir undergraduate prize at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Anna embarked on a Bachelor of Music majoring in opera. Anna had qualified for the advanced performance stream (C-strand). Her stage debut was as Christine in Redcliffe Musical Theatre’s 2013 production of The Phantom of the Opera. While at University, she has played the role of Amor in the Conservatorium’s 2015 production of The Coronation of Poppea, Papagena in The Magic Flute (2016), Emmie in Albert Herring (2016), as well as chorus roles in Hansel and Gretel and The Cunning Little Vixen. She was selected to perform at the 2016 Conservatorium season launch, and invited to participate in a masterclass with Cheryl Barker (AO) at the Australian National University and Vivica Genaux in the Brisbane Baroque Festival. She continues to be an active performer outside of University with a number of professional ensembles—she performs as a soloist with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra, a lead soprano with Canberra’s Opera by Candlelight in Albert Hall, and with the Brisbane based Underground Opera Company. Shortly, Anna will be playing Princess Laoula and the Storybook Princess in Queensland Conservatorium’s productions of L’Etoile (Chabrier) and L’enfant et les Sortilèges (Ravel), respectively, as well as appearing in a solo recital at Albert Hall, Canberra. Anna has just returned from 6 months’ study at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, where she hopes to return in 2018 to undertake postgraduate training.

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Michaella Leisk

Soprano

Making her debut with Vavachi Entertainment in 2015, Michaela has been singing since before she could walk and performing on stage since she was 8 years old. Roles as a child include Anna in Hans Christian Andersen, Mozart in Of Mice and Mozart, Tootie in Meet Me in St Louis, Kim in Showboat, and the title role in Annie.Michaela later gained a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Royal College of Music, London. In the UK, she performed the Gilbert and Sullivan roles of Julia, Mabel, Josephine and Patience. Oratorio works include Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Mozart’s Requiem. She was also a member of 5-voice a cappella group Chiswick Baroque for 3 years. In Sydney, Michaela sang the role of Calisto in Offenbach’s Daphnis and Chloe with Pacific Opera, and Dolores in Florodora with Slick Operettas. She joined The 7 Sopranos in 2011, and features on their debut, self-titled album on the ABC Classics label. In 2012, Michaela sang the role of Rose Pickles in the creative development of George Palmer’s Cloudstreet : the opera, Lucille in Rossini’s The Silken Ladder with Sydney Independent Opera, and Orlenda in Charody Productions’ circus opera The Carnival. In 2014, she played Envy in Fat Lady Productions’ burlesque-opera fusion, Pleasure Opera, at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Featured television appearances include Home and Away, All Saints, and Underbelly: The Golden Mile. Michaela has also been broadcast live on ABC Classic FM and Fine Music 2MBS FM, and is a member of close harmony jazz trio Midnight Avenue.

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Jonathan Chan

Baritone

Jonathan trained at The University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance – Theatre). He has since worked extensively all over the country and internationally for over 15 years.

He most recently appeared in the 2016 National Tour of Monkey Baa Theatre Company’s The Peasant Prince – The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer (Dia/Teacher Xiao/Consul Zhang) touring to 38 theatres. Previous to this, Jonathan performed in London for several years where he appeared in the West End production of It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman (Father Ling); the critically acclaimed production of The Last Days of Limehouse (Stanley Lim) for Yellow Earth Theatre; Turandot Reimagined (Madarin/Timur) for the New Theatre Royal Portsmouth and Tete-a-Tete Opera Festival; and the immersive theatre sensation, The Secret Island (Uncle Huat).

Previous Australian theatre credits include The King & I with The Production Company; the National Tour of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (Masahiro/Father); the NSW regional tour of Jungle Bungle (Oliver); and National Tours of Futures, Face Values, Once Upon a Stage and Take Off for the Australian Theatre of the Deaf. Jonathan originated the role of Nam Tram in Honey: A Play with Music (Nam Tran), an adaptation of Bryce Courtney’s Smoky Joe’s Café, which received the 2007 GLUG award for Best New Australian play. Other credits include Dragon Ball for the 2013 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival; the Australian premiere of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit Crab House: A Bloody Musical (Marty/Vernon); host for The Wiggles Character Shows; Santa’s Kingdom (Myron True Love); Seussical the Musical (Mayor of Whoville); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Hero) and Flower Drum Song (Wang San).

Television appearances include Wok (UK), TFI Friday (Channel 4, UK); Old School (ABC) where he starred opposite Sam Neill and Bryan Brown; Hamster Wheel (ABC); Logie nominated TV series’ The Ronnie Johns Half Hour series 1 and 2 (Channel 10); and numerous TV Commercials for Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong.

With a passion for new and upcoming work, Jonathan has been involved with the creative development of many works. These include: Li Cunxin’s The Peasant Prince (Dia/Teacher Xiao/Consul Zhang) with Monkey Baa Productions; Turandot Reimagined, UK (Mandarin/Timur); Shells for Yellow Earth Theatre, UK; Universally Speaking for Theatre 503, UK; Guy Noble’s Karaoke the Musical (Flynn) and A Quiet Night in Rangoon (Pluto) with Parramatta Riverside Theatres’ Breakout Program.

Jonathan has worked internationally with the acclaimed Opera act sensation The Three Waiters and worked in residence at The Venetian, Macau as a principal artist.

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Darian Johns

Baritone

Darian Johns was a member of State Opera of South Australia’s Young Artist Program in 1999, performing the role of Simon in Treemonisha, In 2000, he graduated from Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Diploma and Degree and in Music (majoring in Voice). The following year, he relocated to Brisbane to undertake further studies with James Christiansen OAM. Darian is currently working with Sydney based Soprano Arax Mansorian. In 2012 Darian completed his Graduate Diploma of Education and in 2013 completed his Masters in Education (Leadership and Management).

Darian has performed extensively throughout Australia with Co-Opera Inc, Opera Queensland and State Opera of South Australia. His performances include the roles of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Schaunard and Colline in La bohème, Sarastro, Speaker and Armed Man in The Magic Flute, Escamillo in Carmen, Maestro in Prima la Musica, Doctor Grenvil and Baron Douphol in La Traviata, Bernardo in West Side Story and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.

Darian has been a member of the Opera Queensland chorus since 2002 and was a member of Opera Queensland’s Moving Opera! teams from 2009 to 2013, He has performed the roles of Father and Sandman in the company’s chamber opera production of Hansel & Gretel in 2009, and has performed the role of Zolo in the chamber opera production of Space Encounters from 2010-2012. Darian has been a soloist for the Underground Opera Company since 2011 performing Opera and Music Theatre classics in unique venues in QLD and NSW.