Josh Piterman is an established musical theatre performer and classical crossover artist who has been working consistently on Australian and UK stages for more than 15 years. His past credits include being a part of international pop opera group The Ten Tenors, Tony in the 2010 Australian production of West Side Story, Bustopher Jones/Gus/Growltiger in the 2015-2016 Australian season of Cats (a role that won him the Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical), Corny Collins in the UK tour of Hairspray and Gerry Goffin in the 2017-2018 Australian tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. His critically acclaimed West End debut came as he took on the most coveted role as The Phantom in the brilliant original production of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in 2019, a role he is thrilled to reprise in this current Opera Australia production. The 12-month COVID deferral of the The Phantom of the Opera season allowed Josh to perform at a staggering array of events including: Performance of a Lifetime with the MSO at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, the Australia Day Live Concert outside the Sydney Opera House, the national anthem at the MCG Boxing Day Test, and he wowed audiences with his performance of The Music of the Night at the Australian Open tennis finals. Josh also performed numerous solo concerts, events and fundraisers in just about every Australian state in that time. In 2018, his debut self-titled album went to number 1 on both the Aria and iTunes Charts (Classical Crossover) in Australia and his new EP Loving You is out now on all streaming platforms.
Australian-American soprano Amy Manford is best known globally for her captivating portrayal of Christine Daaé in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera both in London’s West End and Athens, Greece. It is an incredible delight for Amy to reprise this role back home in Australia at the iconic Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne. Prior to her West End debut, Amy had performed internationally as a soloist with some of the world’s leading symphony orchestras at iconic concert venues including the Seoul Arts Centre, Joan Sutherland Theatre and at Buckingham Palace. Other notable career highlights include singing the Australian National Anthem at the 2021 AFL Grand Final and at numerous milestone engagements for the British royal family. She also recently starred in Australia’s premier performance of Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish, which will tour several Australian cities in early 2023. Amy holds a Masters of Performance from the Royal College of Music in London and a Bachelor of Music from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. A diverse performer, Amy also has a unique history competing at the Australian National Championships for both rhythmic gymnastics and pole vaulting.
Most recently Blake played Elder Price in the Australian production of The Book of Mormon (Gordon Frost Organisation), for which in 2019 he was nominated for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical. Other roles: Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof (TML), Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Victorian Opera), Edward Lyons in Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), Anthony Pemberton in Beyond Desire (Neil Rutherford Productions), Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific (Opera Australia/ Gordon Frost Organisation), Tony in Masterclass (LeftBauer Prods), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Belvoir), Pat Matthews in Moonshadow (Cat Stevens/Sue Farrelly Productions), Snowboy in West Side Story (ATG), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Really Useful Group), Jekyll and Hyde (TML), The Boy From Oz — Arena Spectacular with Hugh Jackman (Gannon/Fox) and Dirty Dancing (Jacobsen Entertainment). In 2018, Blake released his debut EP Blake Bowden: Straight from the Hart. In 2014-2016, Blake alongside Phil Scott starred in the cabaret Mario (Adelaide Cabaret Festival/ Hayes Theatre Co/Canberra Theatre/Noosa Alive!). Screen roles include Young Jack in the film The Dam, Brusco in Home and Away, Mr and Mrs Murder, The Chaser and as the Young Boy Pirate in The Wiggles Movie. In 2011, Blake was the winner of The Rob Guest Endowment Award and in 2013 Blake received the Gertrude Johnson Fellowship at The Opera Studio Melbourne.
David is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art. He is delighted to return to Phantom, having played Monsieur André in Melbourne (1992) and Sydney (1996). David has appeared for Opera Australia as Baron Zeta in The Merry Widow, Doc in West Side Story (Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) and as Zoltan Karparthy in My Fair Lady directed by Dame Julie Andrews. Other music theatre includes: An American in Paris, Funny Girl in Concert, Fiddler on the Roof, Rock of Ages, Damn Yankees!, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Man of La Mancha, Sunset Boulevard, They’re Playing Our Song, The Producers, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, The Wizard of Oz, Chess and Little Shop of Horrors. David’s extensive theatre credits include: The Wharf Revue, Saint Joan, Cyrano de Bergerac, Mrs Warren’s Profession, Much Ado About Nothing, Summer Rain, Darlinghurst Nights, Woman in Mind (STC); Luna Gale, Relatively Speaking (Ensemble); Dracula, 1984 (Shake and Stir); Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Henry IV, The Duchess of Malfi, The Alchemist, Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet (Bell Shakespeare); The Power of Yes (Belvoir) and Cho Cho (National Theatre of China). TV appearances include: A Place to Call Home, Love Child, Wonderland, Fatal Honeymoon, Home and Away and McLeod’s Daughters.
Andy Morton is originally from the UK and has enjoyed a varied career in both opera and musical theatre. He has played Jean Valjean in Les Misérables in the West End, Martin in the Cameron Mackintosh national tour of Martin Guerre, and was in the original cast of both Boy George’s Taboo and Jerry Springer the Opera. Other roles include Ralph Rackstraw in H.M.S. Pinafore, Nanki Poo in The Mikado, Paris in La Belle Helène, Nemorino in The Elixir of Love, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Fenton in Falstaff (Capriol Films) and Professor Winklebeam in Pinocchio at Covent Garden. Andy has been an opera director at Opera Australia for 10 years and directed La Bohème for Opera Australia on the Harbour and Bluebeard’s Castle at Sydney Opera House.
Australian-Italian soprano Giuseppina Grech is one of the country’s most exciting and versatile vocal artists. With a repertoire spanning opera, crossover and music theatre, Giuseppina’s voice and stage presence have thrilled audiences at home and internationally. Giuseppina graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music, before being awarded a scholarship in 2014 to continue her vocal studies at La Scala’s prestigious Teatro Accademia alla Scala in Milan. At 23, Giuseppina made her European debut as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Teatro Moriconi. Since returning to Australia, she has performed regularly with Opera Australia in both mainstage and touring productions, including Frasquita in Carmen for the 2021 national tour, and the roles of Isabella and Ferdinand in El Kid. She has also appeared in Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour productions of La Bohème and La Traviata and performs regularly at the Sydney Opera House as a member of the extra chorus. Some of her other notable roles include Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore, Swallow in The Happy Prince, and Lady Thiang in The King and I, earning her a Music Theatre Guild nomination. Giuseppina regularly tours as a guest soprano with some of Australia’s most celebrated artists. In 2020, she released her debut album Love is My Reason. Giuseppina is thrilled to be making her role debut as Carlotta Giudicelli in The Phantom of the Opera. www.giuseppinagrech.com
Hailing from the UK, Jayde trained at Bird College of Performing Arts in London where she received a 1st Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Theatre and Performance Degree. Jayde’s credits include playing the role of Judy Haynes in White Christmas, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (UK tour), Mona and cover Velma Kelly in Chicago (West End), Mary Delgado in Jersey Boys (West End), Rosie in Sweet Charity (Menier Chocolate Factory), Anita in the 50th Anniversary tour of West Side Story, Rizzo in Grease (West End), Stephanie Mangano in the UK and Asian tour of Saturday Night Fever, Ali in Mamma Mia! (International tour), the original London cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie (West End) and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (UK tour). Since coming to Australia, she has been seen once again as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show both onstage and in the Anniversary Gala performance which went live. Other Australian credits include Melpomene in Xanadu (Hayes Theatre Co.), Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical (Sydney Lyric Theatre), Lucille Ball in Everybody Loves Lucy, Tanya in the new Australian production of Mamma Mia!, Mrs. Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Jack O’Brien, Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! at The Star Theatre, Gold Coast and most recently Jayde played Soap Star in Menopause the Musical.
In 2007 and 2009, the CQ University Conservatorium of Music honoured Paul Tabone with the Most Promising Voice for Music Theatre award and immediately after his graduation, Paul made his operatic debut in Opera Queensland’s production of The Dirty Apple. Paul then landed the supporting role of Squelch in Love Never Dies, the sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He moved to Italy in 2012 where he was a soloist in Puccini’s opera Turandot in Florence (Santa Stefano Opera). In September 2013, he performed at the New York City Centre (Broadway), Teatro Menotti (Spoleto) and then Teatro Duse in Bologna as a tenor with the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation. In 2014, Paul made his professional operatic debut as Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Opera Natională București. He then performed as Tony in the West Side Story Suites for the Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova) and he made his debut as B.F Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Teatro dei Gigli (Lucca). In 2015, he was invited to reprise the role of Squelch in Love Never Dies at the Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg (Germany). Paul has concluded a four-year contract and over 1600 performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End, playing the role of Ubaldo Piangi in The Phantom of the Opera. Paul performed regularly for London events attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Paul released his debut album This is Me, which rose to number one on the classical crossover charts internationally. In 2022, Paul reprised the role of Piangi for Opera Australia’s Handa Opera of The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Mietta is a young passionate performer who has been dancing and singing at Centrestage Performing Arts School in Melbourne since 3 years of age. Mietta’s theatre debut was in the Melbourne season of Annie in 2012 with GFO, where she played the role of Kate. Mietta’s television credits include a guest appearance in City Homicide for Channel 7, the role of Middle Girl in My Beautiful Blue Eyes and a lead role of Gabbi Ormond in Conspiracy 365 with Director Paul Goldman. Mietta has also appeared in television commercials, short films and voice overs and will soon appear in the role of Paige in the feature film The Red Shoes. Initially cast as Becca in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie which was postponed, Mietta is now very excited to be playing the role of Meg Giry in Phantom Of The Opera and wishes to thank her family and team at Ian White Management for their love and support.
Bridget recently played the role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End. Joining the company in 2016 as Swing, she moved up to understudy Christine in 2017 through to 2019 and played Alternate Christine in 2019 to 2020. Bridget moved to London in 2013 to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music. Prior to this she graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelor of Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Performance Voice. Her theatre credits include Princess Beautiful (The Tinderbox, Charing Cross Theatre), Princess Ida (Princess Ida, Finborough Theatre), Soloist/Ensemble (Thursford Christmas Spectacular), Ensemble (Madame Butterfly, New Zeland Opera), Ensemble (The Bartered Bride, New Zeland Opera).
Originally from the Gold Coast, Elliot graduated with a Bachelor of Economics at QUT before commencing the Bachelor of Musical Theatre program at The Queensland Conservatorium of Music. After graduating in 2017 Elliot has performed Herman/Big Daddy in Sweet Charity (Woodward Prod.), Male Swing in Friends! The Musical Parody (SK Entertainment), March Hare in Alice in Wonderland (SK Entertainment), Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (LHI). He also appears annually in A Very Naughty Christmas (Woodward Prod.). Elliot returned from an 18-month stint in London where he played Basil Fawlty in the Fawlty Towers tribute show.
Elliot is a member of Actor’s Equity and is proudly represented by Ian White Management. He dedicates his performance to his late Grandfather William whose encouragement and positivity has influenced his singing journey.
Anton Berezin is an actor and singer with a long history in opera and musical theatre. He last performed with Opera Australia in Evita. He has previously performed in Australian productions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Wicked, The Producers, Side Show Alley, Cabaret, Follies, Fiddler on the Roof, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cats, Mack and Mabel, Anything Goes and Rain the Musical. He also appeared in Doctor Zhivago as the alternate lead, as Eichelberger in Promises, Promises and starred in the musical The Light in the Piazza at the Arts Centre Melbourne. On television, Anton has had roles in Newton’s Law, Jack Irish, Neighbours, The Secret Life of Us, Marshall Law, MDA and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. In 2015, he was in the cast of Princess Pictures’ television opera The Divorce. Anton was a founding Director of Life Like Touring.
Laura Bianchi-Bishop is a classically trained ballet dancer born in Montevideo, Uruguay. Laura trained at Tanya Pearsons Academy in Sydney before travelling overseas to complete her training at the Dutch National Ballet Academy. She has performed with the Sydney City Youth Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Introdans Neoclassical Company, Queensland Ballet, Teatro de la Scala and Opera Australia, dancing in works such as Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Le Sacre du Printemps, Strictly Gershwin, Don Quixote, Lakme, Il Viaggio a Reims, Attila, Turandot, Anna Bolena and Aida. Laura also holds a Bachelor of Arts, RAD Professional Dancers Postgraduate Teaching Certificate, Cecchetti Associate C.B.A and PBT teacher qualifications.
Eleanor trained at the Elder Conservatorium of Music (University of Adelaide), Adelaide and the Royal College of Music, London. Eleanor’s opera credits include: Rosina in The Barber of Seville (Opera Australia), the Queen of Hearts in By the Light of the Moon (Opera Australia), Amy March in Little Women (State Opera of South Australia), Mrs Jenks in The Tenderland (Mad Cow Theatre Company) and the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (Co-Opera, Germany and Australia). Eleanor’s music theatre credits include, Madame Firman/Cartwheel/Confidante/Wardrobe Mistress in The Phantom of the Opera (Cameron Mackintosh, London), Page/ Wildwoman/Cartwheel in The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall, Sister Margaretta in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation), Clara in Passion (Swell Productions) and Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park with George (State Opera of South Australia).
Gavin Brown is a graduate of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he received a Bachelor of Music (Performance) and Master of Music (Opera Performance). He recently performed in Opera Australia’s Turandot (2022) and Aida (2021) as a part of the chorus. 2019 saw him in New York performing the roles of Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Basilio in Le Nozze di Figaro and in an operatic gala at Carnegie Hall. Recent credits include H.M.S. Pinafore (Hayes Theatre) and the new Australian works Chop Chef (Blush Opera) and Love Burns (Other Theatre Co). Other roles include Candide in Candide, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Male Chorus in The Rape of Lucretia and Fabrizio Naccarelli in The Light in the Piazza. Gavin has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including Hans Zimmer (Australian Tour) and Patti Lupone (Don’t Monkey With Broadway Tour). Television appearances include being featured in the 2018 Carols in the Domain as a Young Star of Australian Opera and in the 2019 NRL Grand Final as a backing vocalist for One Republic.
With a career that has seen him perform to audiences in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia, Ben has wowed audiences globally for well over a decade. Ben began by studying Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts and shortly after graduating he joined international touring group The Ten Tenors, where he toured the world for six years. Most recently, Ben appeared in the Handa production of The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour. Ben’s other credits include performing the principal role of Prince Tamino in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia’s Schools tour. He also appeared in the Helpmann Award-winning season of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Victorian Opera). In 2018, Ben appeared on the hit show The Voice, going on to finish the season in fifth place. Ben has had the opportunity to sing the Australian national anthem at some of the country’s premier sporting events, including the Melbourne Cup and the Boxing Day Test. Ben would like to thank his friends, family and the team at Ambrose Management for their unwavering love and support.
Fire Chief Andrew has enjoyed an extensive career over the past 30 years in many musical theatre productions throughout Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia. His musical credits include The Phantom of the Opera (Australia/New Zealand, 1995-1998), Cats (Australia/New Zealand/Asia), Love Never Dies, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Me and My Girl, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Pirates of Penzance, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, La Cage aux Folles, Carmen, Dido and Aeneas and Genesis to Broadway. He has also appeared as the famous Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows. Most recently, Andrew returned from South Korea and Taiwan with Cats where he covered and performed the roles of Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones and Old Deuteronomy. Andrew has also featured in Possum Magic, Puff the Magic Dragon, Peter Rabbit, Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, The Magic Faraway Tree, Noddy, Hippo and My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch, for theatre legend Garry Ginivan AM. He also performs in the corporate acts The Three Waiters and Tenors Undercover. Andrew is thrilled to be making his Opera Australia debut and is delighted to be returning in this new production of The Phantom of the Opera and dedicates his performance to his mother Elizabeth Hamling.
While completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Auckland (majoring in Marketing and Commercial Law) Lewis trained extensively with Frances Wilson Fitzgerald at the Auckland Opera Studio. He was then successful in becoming member of the New Zeland Opera freemasons chorus from 2015 – 2017. In 2015 Lewis won the presidents cup for most promising vocal artist at the North Shore Singing Competition, and also won the John Bond Award at NZ Aria in 2016, for the most promising vocal artist. Theatre credits include, Jersey Boys (G&T Productions), The Book of Mormon Australian Tour (GFO), for NZ Opera: The Mikado, The Magic Flute, Otello, Turandot, Carmen and Tosca and for AMICI Productions: Anything Goes and Mamma Mia! Screen credits include Frozen Moments, The Pact and The Bridge to Terabithia.
Christina trained at the Tanya Pearson Academy in Sydney and English National Ballet School London. Her performance credits include the Ballet Ensemble in The Phantom of the Opera, corps de ballet in Les Vêpres Siciliennes (The Royal Opera House London), the Johann Strauss Gala UK and international tour. She was company artist with New English Ballet Theatre (The Four Seasons) and premiered in the role of Serafina Astafieva in Wayne Eagling’s Remembrance. Christina played Odette/Olga in Anastasia (Palladium Theatre Stuttgart) and was company artist with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures company performing The Red Shoes on the UK and International tour. She was coryphée artist with the State Opera Nova in Poland. Christina returned to Australia in 2021 and joined the ballet ensemble of An American in Paris (GWB/ The Australian Ballet). She is delighted to return to the Opera Populaire for the Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera.
Claudia began her ballet training in Arizona at the Yen Li Chen Ballet School before moving to Australia at 15 where she completed full-time studies at Queensland National Ballet and Ev and Bow, culminating in the opportunity to perform with The Royal Ballet in Brisbane. Claudia has worked with Opera Australia since 2018 performing in; Aida, Anna Bolena, Best of the Operas and Attila. As the female award recipient at the BICD Prix in 2018, Claudia completed a short term traineeship with the Sydney Dance Company. Later that year Claudia travelled to Oman to be a part of the creation of Lakme with world renowned director Davide Livermore and The Royal Opera House of Muscat. Claudia has most recently completed a tour with Projection Dance Company.
Olivia trained with Monica and Joan Halliday and Marie Walton Mahon in Australia before moving to France to continue studying, she then went on to study at the English National Ballet School in London. Olivia spent 10 years in Europe dancing with Balletto di Teatro Massimo, Cannes Jeune Ballet, English National Ballet, and as a Soloist at Stadt Ballett Koblenz, Germany. Olivia completed a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at London University. She has worked previously with Opera Australia, performing the leading dance role in Faust in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. Olivia has also been seen in The Merry Widow (Opera Australia) and in 2018 she spoke on ABC’s The 7:30 Report – Life After Ballet. In 2021 Olivia was Audition’s Choreographer for The Phantom of the Opera, 2022. Olivia is Director of Danceworks Sydney and is passionate about teaching.
Hailing from South Australia, Daniel studied classical voice at the Conservatorium in Adelaide before moving to London to complete his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Mountview Academy. Whilst in Europe, Daniel also studied in Amsterdam and sung a season with Nationale Reis Opera of the Netherlands. Theatre roles include Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Misérables, Lt. Joseph Cable in the Lincoln Centre Production of South Pacific (both United Kingdom and Australian Tours), Anatoly in Chess (United Kingdom Tour), Tony in the 50th Anniversary production of West Side Story, Father Frank in the International Tour of Saturday Night Fever and he was a principle cast member in Pacific Overtures. Daniel has recorded two studio albums and is also a highly regarded performance and vocal coach.
Confidante Naomi is a graduate of WAAPA, Bachelor of Music Theatre. As a performer, her credits include Les Misérables (Australian Tour), Wicked (Gordon Frost Organisation, Asia Tour), The Tempest, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sport for Jove), The Angelica Complex (KXT/ The Invisible Circus), Elegies (Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club), The Libertine (Darlinghurst Theatre Company) and John and Jen (Sydney Fringe Festival) where she received the Award of Excellence for her performance. She was a featured vocalist at Epiphanies (Seymour Centre), Show Queen and in recordings Together/Apart (Nick and Lincoln) and voiced the role of Kitty Clarke in Morgan’s Run (SOA, Gavin Lockley, Colleen McCullough). Naomi was also a grand finalist in the 2019 Sydney Cabaret Competition with her solo show, I’m Literally Losing My Mind. As a composer and songwriter, Naomi’s credits include Evie May (Hayes Theatre), The Angelica Complex (The Invisible Circus/KXT), Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It, Second Age Project and Romeo and Juliet (Sport for Jove), Such Sweet Sorrow (Bell Shakespeare), and hers and partner Drew Livingston’s album So Long Lives This. In 2021, she was the recipient of the first APRA Development Award for Music Theatre composition.
Josephine Lonergan, Soprano, completed a Bachelor of Music at the Canberra School of Music, and a Postgraduate Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was subsequently awarded a scholarship to undertake further study at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. She has performed in many operas and opera excerpts both as a soloist and in chorus, most recently performing the role of Queen of the Night for National Opera under the direction of Peter Coleman-Wright. In concert she has appeared as a soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra under the auspices of the ACO Emerging Artist Programme, directed by Richard Tognetti.
Originally from rural Victoria, Aaron began dancing at age five. Later he studied at Triple Threat Performing Arts. His professional musical theatre debut was in 2014 playing George in Cats (RUG). Touring throughout Asia between 2015 – 2021 Aaron played and reprised the role of Coricopat in Cats. Other credits include; Magnormos (Pippin), the Dubai season of Thomas and the Hidden Treasure (Smile Live Entertainment), The New Hamer Hall Opening Concert, So You Think You Can Dance (Network Ten) and Original Australian cast of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (Gordon Frost Orgainisation). He’s honoured to be joining the Australian production of The Phantom Of The Opera. Aaron would like to thank, Michelle, Kevin, and Kathryn for their years of mentorship, his friends, and his family, particularly his mother– for her unwavering love and support.
Multi award-winning soprano Imogen-Faith Malfitano completed her Bachelor of Music (performance) and Masters in Music Studies (Opera Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She was awarded multiple scholarships, including the prestigious ESTIVO program in Italy and an Internship with Opera Australia as well as Young Artist with Pacific Opera.
Her opera roles include: Adina, L’elisir d’amore, the title role in Floyd’s Susannah; Titania in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen; Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville; Agatha the Cat, Queen of Hearts, Mary Contrary and The Spider in By the Light of the Moon for Opera Australia’s Schools Tour, amongst others.
Kayleigh Marven is excited to make her Opera Australia and main stage debut in The Phantom of the Opera. This watershed moment is the fulfilment of a personal, lifetime dream. Fuelled by a passion for Musical Theatre, Kayleigh has enjoyed establishing herself as a talented and versatile performer over the last three years. Kayleigh’s musical background includes receiving a Scholarship of Excellence to study (Classical Voice) at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and studying Musical Theatre at The Brisbane Academy of Musical Theatre (BAMT).
Emma discovered her love for performing at Footworks Dance Academy before training at the Australian Ballet School where she graduated as dux of the school. The following year she joined the Australian Ballet company where she performed in all the major classical ballets including Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake, Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty, Stanton Welch’s La Bayadere, and soloist roles in Maina Gielgud’s Giselle. She toured extensively with the company throughout Australia and to London. She is very excited to be making her musical theatre debut in The Phantom of the Opera.
Lachlan is an actor and musician based in Sydney. He studies voice under the direction of Peter Bodnar and most recently appeared as the Auctioneer, Monsieur Reyer and Raoul understudy in The Phantom of the Opera for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (Opera Australia). He originated the role of Aziraphale in Good Omens (Squabbalogic/Merrigong Theatre) as well as Colonel Monash in 3 Weeks in Spring (Endymion Productions). Other credits include: Little Big Top Cabaret, Broadway Reimagined, Channel Nine’s Mornings and many new workshop productions including Let Me Eat Cake, Haunted, Captain Moonlite, Bakery Hill – An Australian Rebellion, Star Child and The Things I Could Never Tell Steven. Lachlan is proud to have lent his voice to concerts in support of Beyond Blue and The Black Dog Institute and is thrilled to be returning to Opera Australia and the world of the Phantom.
Brittany made her professional debut at the age of six playing Gretel in The Sound of Music (Gordon Frost Organisation). She went on to train at various high calibre institutions including the Australian Ballet School, Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance and Transit Dance before forging a successful and versatile career on the stage. Brittany’s theatre credits include the Australian/New Zealand Tour of The Wedding Singer (David Venn Enterprises), West Side Story and La Traviata for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour (Opera Australia), Sleeping Beauty (Bonnie Lythgoe Productions) and West Side Story (The Production Company). Brittany would like to thank her family for their love and unwavering encouragement of her passion for performing and Ian White Management for their constant support over the years. She is so excited and grateful to be a part of this iconic show.
Edward Smith was born in Camden, NSW, and developed a love for classical ballet at an early age. At 16, Edward was accepted into the Australian Ballet School before joining The Australian Ballet where he performed corps de ballet and soloist roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky and John Neumier, amongst a repertoire of traditional classical ballets, most notably the principal role of ‘Franz’ in Coppelia and the ‘Peasant Pas de Deux’ in Giselle. In October of 2020, Edward accepted a position with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, one of the only ballet companies on stage during that time, and performed in their acclaimed seasons of The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Edward is delighted to return to Australia in order to join the cast of The Phantom of the Opera which marks his musical theatre debut.
25-year-old Anna Stephens graduated in 2017 from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with first-class honours and a University medal for academic excellence. She also studied at London’s prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Anna’s roles include Amor in The Coronation of Poppea, Papagena in Die Zauberflote, Emmie in Albert Herring, Princess Laoula in L’Etoile, The Storybook Princess/Le Feu/Le Rossignol in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Naiad in Ariadne auf Naxos under the baton of Simone Young. Anna made her debut with Opera Australia singing the roles of Pamina, Papagena, and the Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflote) and toured again in Opera Australia’s 2019 Schools production of By the Light of the Moon.
Tod has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages including the Emmys, Eurovision Song Competition, Melbourne Cup and the AFL Grand Final as well as many television programs in Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. A former member of The Ten Tenors, he features on their ARIA-nominated platinum album Tenology. Tod performs regularly with his corporate entertainment act, Contempo. Tod’s stage credits include: Raoul/Phantom understudy in Love Never Dies, Pirelli in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, Jeweller/ Monsieur André understudy in The Phantom of the Opera for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Sonny in Grease, Dorsey in Parade, Berger in Hair, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Lt. Torasso in Passion, Cascada in The Merry Widow, Professor Callahan in Legally Blonde, Tony understudy in West Side Story, Magaldi understudy in Evita, Cats, South Pacific, Kiss Me, Kate, They’re Playing Our Song, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to The Forum, Turandot, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Footloose and Jekyll and Hyde.
Troy has worked for over 30 years as a professional performer and in those years he has been one of the most prolific artists in the industry, working throughout Australasia and the West End. Theatre credits include Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Guys and Dolls, We Will Rock You, Mary Poppins, to name a few. Most recently he appeared as Babkak in Disney’s Aladdin and as Curveball in the online hit Who’s Your Baghdaddy. Troy was in the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera and is thrilled to be part of this new production.
Raphael is thrilled to join The Phantom of the Opera company. He made his professional debut in Opera Australia’s 2012 Melbourne season of Turandot and, since then, has performed on stage and in concerts across Australia, the USA, China and Germany. Raphael is a two-time finalist in the prestigious Herald Sun Aria Competition, a runnerup in the National Liederfest, a Green Room Award nominee, and was a Top 6 Finalist in the Inaugural Artists of Colour (AOC) Initiative Music Theatre Competition in 2020. Recent credits include: Il Re in The Sleeping Beauty (Victorian Opera), Rapunzel’s Prince/Lucinda in Into the Woods (Watch This) and Passarino/Phantom understudy in The Phantom of the Opera for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Raphael is represented by Mark Gogoll Enterprises. He is grateful for the support of Tiffany, his wife, and son Theodore.
Jack graduated from The McDonald College of Performing Arts where he specialised in Ballet and Theatre and received is BFA in Music Theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. He worked with Norwegian Cruise Lines in their productions of Burn The Floor and Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert. Jack toured Australia with the two-man cabaret Sugarbabies! and then went on to choreograph and perform in the subsequent production Scoundrels! He was a performing collaborator with Citizen Theatre, for their shows Forgotten Places and Mara Korper which both premiered in Melbourne. Most recently, Jack originated the role of Mitch in the new Australian Musical The Deb.
Based in Melbourne with Indonesian and Korean heritage, Elisha made her professional debut as a child actor in The King & I for the Production Company, as Princess Ying Lao Lak. She first discovered her love for ballet studying under Kate Reilly. Ever eager to grow as an artist, Elisha undertook full-time dance & musical theatre studies at Dance World Studios, under a scholarship program and graduated in 2020. Performing in The Phantom Of The Opera’s corps de ballet is an important turning point for Elisha, because it represents the transition from ‘child actor’ to ‘adult artist’. She dedicates her performances to her parents and all her teachers for supporting her on this journey.