Judith Dodsworth is a highly experienced opera, oratorio and concert singer. She has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s finest interpreters of contemporary vocal repertoire and is in demand as a performer of both avant-garde opera and of new concert music.
She is a graduate of the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY and of the Advanced Performers’ Program of the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC, has a masters degree in performance from the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE and has studied in Vienna and London, including with legendary new music soprano, Jane Manning.
Her recent operatic performances include the principal soprano role in the world-premiere season of Susan Frykberg’s A DRONE OPERA for EXPERIMENTA and Lydie-Anne in Kevin March’s LES FELUETTES for VICTORIAN OPERA, both during 2015. In 2013 and 2014 her appearances included The Secretary in Menotti’s THE CONSUL for GERTRUDE OPERA, Sophie in FROM A BLACK SKY for the CANBERRA STREET THEATRE, of which THE CANBERRA TIMES wrote, … rock solid in her performance of an extremely demanding score., and the title role of Maxwell Davies’ MISS DONNITHORNE’S MAGGOT, with SYZYGY ENSEMBLE, at the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE saying, …as directly communicative as it is artistically satisfying.
In 2012, on just 24-hours’ notice, she sang the role of Clara in performances of VICTORIAN OPERA’s MIDNIGHT SON.
Prior engagements for VICTORIAN OPERA include Greta in METAMORPHOSIS and other roles in contemporary repertoire have included Lisa in the world-premiere season of Emma O’Brien’s AVATARA for RHM OPERA PROJECT, Noel in Nicholas Vines’ THE HIVE for CHAMBERMADE OPERA, the soprano role in OPIUME at the Singapore and Hong Kong performing arts festivals, Mrs P in Nyman’s THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT for OPERALIVE and the Lightbearer in the world-premiere of Johanna Selleck’s THE QUICKENING, the title role in Marshall Hall’s STELLA and Kathleen in RIDERS TO THE SEA, all for the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE.
For NEUOPER WIEN she appeared as the Herald in the world-premiere season of Axel Seidelmann’s HIOB in Vienna.
Her appearances in eighteenth and nineteenth century roles include the title role of LA CENERENTOLA and Anastasio in Vivaldi’s GIUSTINO, both for LYRIC OPERA OF MELBOURNE, Mercedes and the title role of CARMEN for OZ OPERA, and the title role of Rameau’s PYGMALION and Eugenia in Galuppi’s IL FILOSOFO DI CAMPAGNA, both for STOPERA, for CANBERRA CITY OPERA, Cherubino in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, the Sorceress in DIDO & AENEAS, and Orlofsky in DIE FLEDERMAUS, Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI for MELBOURNE CITY OPERA and for MELBOURNE OPERA, Kate Pinkerton in MADAM BUTTERFLY.
Her oratorio performances include Gounod’s ST. CECILIA MASS and the Fauré REQUIEM for the ROYAL MELBOURNE PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY, CARMINA BURANA for PENINSULA MUSIC SOCIETY and Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO.9 and Handel’s DIXIT DOMINUS for the MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY CHORAL SOCIETY. Other solo appearances include MESSIAH, Mozart’s REQUIEM, Charpentier’s TE DEUM, the Vivaldi and the Poulenc GLORIA, Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH, and Tippet’s A CHILD OF OUR TIME.
She also appeared in the world-premiere performances of Greenbaum’s THE FOUNDLING with the AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY CHORALE and of Calvin Bowman’s BEYOND THE GRASS TREE SPEARS at the CASTLEMAINE STATE FESTIVAL, former music critic for THE TIMES wrote, … acute musical intelligence… a seamless and sensitive delivery… a remarkable triumph.
Judith Dodsworth is also a regular collaborator with various chamber music ensembles and concerts series her recent appearances including works by Maxwell Davies, Kate Sopers and Vines’ with SYZYGY ENSEMBLE at the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE and as part of the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA‘s METROPOLIS FESTIVAL, Kevin March’s MYTHWEAVER and Matthias Pinscher’s A TWILIGHT SONG. She has also been presented as part of the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC’s AUSTRALIAN VOICES series and in its world-premiere performances of Kurtag’s MESSAGES OF THE LATE MISS RV TROUSSOVA, has made appearances with PLEXUS COLLECTIVE and in Taverner’s TO A CHILD DANCING IN THE WIND in the UTZON CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES at the SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE.
2019 saw her appear in Cat Hope’s SPEECHLESS in its world premiere season for TURA NEW MUSIC at the FESTIVAL OF PERTH, LIMELIGHT magazine writing of the work’s initial public showing in Adelaide in 2018, Judith Dodsworth… displayed the extremes of vocal technique … we associate with the likes of Cathy Berberian and Jane Manning.
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