Weaver Artist Management was founded in Melbourne in 1991 by Jeff Weaver. It is now one of the longest established of the small number of Australian-based artist management agencies and offers representation to artistic directors, stage directors and composers, to orchestral conductors, solo instrumentalists of all fine-music disciplines, to opera and concert singers and to choral, jazz and chamber music ensembles and orchestras.
Weaver Artist Management offers representation worldwide with specialisation particularly for Australia & New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Europe.
Jeff Weaver’s earliest background was as one of the most high-profile boy trebles to emerge in Perth, Western Australia during the 1970’s. By the time he was just thirteen years of age he had appeared as Harry in Britten’s ALBERT HERRING and in the lead role of Menotti’s AMAHL & THE NIGHT VISITORS for WA OPERA, he was the solo voice of the ABC’s LET’S JOIN IN live weekly radio broadcasts and had been widely recorded as a soloist with the WA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
He was the very first full-time student majoring in Vocal Performance as part of the UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA’s Bachelor Of Music degree and by the time he was twenty-one he had released, on the EMI label, a solo recital recording of German lieder and English art song and was one of Perth’s most established concert singers, being regularly engaged as soloist for such oratorios as MESSIAH, the ST. JOHN and ST. MATTHEW PASSION, ELIJAH and CARMINA BURANA by the WA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, the PERTH ORATORIO CHOIR and the UWA CHORAL SOCIETY and had appeared as Acis in Handel’s ACIS & GALATEA and Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’ORFEO and as tenor soloist in such works as Monteverdi’s VESPERS OF 1610, Handel’s SEMELE and ALEXANDER’S FEAST, Stravinsky’s LES NOCES and Britten’s ST. NIKOLAS all for David Tunley’s renowned, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM. He was also an established chamber music artist in repertoire ranging from the Monteverdi SCHERZI MUSICALI to Finzi’s DIES NATALIS and INTIMATIONS OF IMMORTALITY, Vaughan-Williams’ ON WENLOCK EDGE and Britten’s LES ILLUMINATIONS.
During the 1980’s he was based in London, initially researching the Le Nuove Musiche vocal performance style of Caccini and Monteverdi and studying with legendary new-music soprano, Jane Manning. He went on to appear in principal roles with the ENGLISH BACH FESTIVAL in its productions of Handel operas in London and in Italy and France including singing the role of Apollo in Handel’s ALCESTE in seasons at the WHITEHALL BANQUETTING HOUSE in London, at the REGGIO DI PARMA in Italy and in the THEATRE ROYALE at the CHATEAU DE VERSAILLES under the baton of French conductor, Jean Claude Malgoire with his period-authentic orchestra, LA GRANDE ECURIE ET LA CHAMBRE DU ROY. He was regularly presented by the Ghent-based company, WERKGROUP OPER singing such roles as Belmonte and Pedrillo in Mozart’s THE ABDUCTION FROM SERAGLIO and Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI and, with the same company, in oratorio and concert performances in Belgium and France. He was engaged as an oratorio soloist for performances throughout the UK, for Bach’s CHRISTMAS ORATORIO at ST. JOHN’S SMITH SQUARE and ST. JAMES’S PICCADILLY in London and for performances of such works as Berlioz’ rarely performed, LELIO, conducted by Ivor Keys for the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM.
During this same period he appeared for NEW SADLERS WELLS OPERA in such roles as Nanki Poo in THE MIKADO and Camille de Rossillon in THE MERRY WIDOW.
Jeff Weaver was the first Artistic Director of MECKLENBURGH FESTIVAL OPERA which he co-founded, in London, in 1985 with American conductor, Anne Manson and Canadian, now resident ROYAL OPERA COVENT GARDEN director, Dan Dooner. He sang Ferrando in the company’s first season of Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE in Glyndebourne-style performances in Mecklenburgh Square in Bloomsbury, then Basilio in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and Tamino in THE MAGIC FLUTE in its subsequent summer seasons as well as appearing as tenor soloist in the company’s Bach and Handel oratorio concerts in London, Edinburgh and Paris.
On returning to Australia he sang principal roles for THE AUSTRALIAN OPERA (now OPERA AUSTRALIA), appeared regularly over a number of years as a principal for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA, singing such roles as Scaramuccio in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and Flavio in NORMA, was engaged to sing the role of Tristan in Frank Martin’s LE VIN HERBÉ for the ADELAIDE FESTIVAL and was a concert and oratorio soloist for the WA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and for the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
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