Dimity Shepherd

Melbourne – Australia

Dimity Shepherd’s roles for OPERA AUSTRALIA have included Rosina in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE,  Cherubino in  THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Rebecca in LOVE IN THE AGE OF THERAPY a role for which she received a GREENROOM AWARD and the title role of CARMEN in 2021.

She is a regular principal artist for VICTORIAN OPERA, originally making her debut for the company as Orphee in Gluck’s ORPHEE & EURYDICE in 2007, and since, appearing in the lead role of Alice in THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, as Flora in LA TRAVIATA, Arsamene in XERXES and Nireno in  JULIUS CAESAR, Mercurius in JS Bach’s DER STREIT ZWISCHEN PHEOBUS UND PAN and Cherubino in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO for which she was awarded a GREEN ROOM AWARD and Lucy in THE THREEPENNY OPERA in Melbourne and Sydney receiving a HELPMANN AWARD nomination,  Jazz in the premiere production of HOW TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND, the lead role of Clara Johnson in the world premiere production of MIDNIGHT SON, the Second Secretary in NIXON IN CHINA, three principal roles in Sondheim’s SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, The Begger Woman in  SWEENEY TODD, the Forester’s Wife and the Owl in THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN and The Nursemaid in Ernst Toch’s THE PRINCESS & THE PEA, The Cat in Respighi’s SLEEPING BEAUTY, Die Erste Dienerin in ELEKTRA and roles in the  premiere productions of BANQUET OF SECRETS and THE RIDERS, in GALILEO, for which she won a further GREENROOM AWARD, and in EUCALYPTUS in 2024.

Her performances for VICTORIAN OPERA in LORELEI  won her a further GREENROOM AWARD nomination and a HELPMANN AWARD nomination  for  Katchen in THE BLACK RIDER

Her roles for OPERA QUEENSLAND have included Maddalena in RIGOLETTO, Stephano in ROMEO & JULIET and Tisbe in LA CENERENTOLA while for STATE OPERA OF AUSTRALIA she has appeared as Pearl in THE SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL and Nettie Fowler in CAROUSEL and returned to the role of Jazz in HOW TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND in 2022.

Shepherd’s roles for MELBOURNE OPERA include Carmen, performances of which THE AUSTRALIAN wrote, Shepherd’s realisation was compelling… She was in splendid voice confirming herself as one of our finest singing actresses., also the role of Smeaton in ANNA BOLENA and Emilia in Rossini’s OTELLO for which she received a GREENROOM AWARD,  Orsini in LUCREZIA BORGIA and performances as both Fricka and Schwertleite in DIE WALKÜRE both roles to which she returned in the company’s season of the complete DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN cycle in 2023.  

Other past appearances include having created the title role in Jonathan Mill’s THE GHOST WIFE in the world premiere seasons at the Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney festivals and at London’s BARBICAN CENTRE and singing lead roles in the world premiere productions of CROSSING LIVE and THE CHILDREN’S BACH for CHAMBER MADE OPERA.

Her concert appearances include Sculthorpe’s STRING QUARTET NO.13 ISLAND DREAMING in the SYDNEY FESTIVAL, MESSIAH with the QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, Goliyov’s AYRE at the  FREMANTLE ARTS FESTIVAL,  Katy Abbott’s HIDDEN THOUGHTS II:  RETURN TO SENDER with the FLINDERS QUARTET, THE AUSTRALIAN writing, Shepherd’s entrance heralded the beginning of a fearless bravura performance.  While of the Berio FOLK SONGS with the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA during 2022, LIMELIGHT magazine said,  Shepherd was extraordinary. Her powerful, charismatic voice created seemingly limitless tone colours and characters… she was the highlight in a concert of highlights… This was a truly memorable performance.

2022 also included her engagement as the vocalist in the AUSTRALIAN BALLET‘s Melbourne and Sydney seasons of ANNA KARENINA. 

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