KAREN VAN SPALL
Co Founder The Parlour Fine Music
Karen Van Spall graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts/ University of Melbourne. Roles for Opera Australia/Oz Opera include Suzuki, Kate Pinkerton, Mercedes and Carmen (understudy). Other roles include; Dorabella, Second Lady, Slave (Salome, OA) Third Orphan (Der Rosenkavalier) Third Handmaiden and Unborn Child (Die Frau Ohne Schatten, VSO). She created the role of "Therese Rein" (Rain) and performed “Wagner in Paris” for Opera Australia’s “Melbourne Ring Festival.” She has given recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre with Melbourne Art Song Collective. Orchestral concert performances include Mozart’s Requiem and Missa Brevis in C, Berlioz’ “Les Nuits d’Ete”, Mahler’s “Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen” “Rückert-lieder” and 8Th Symphony. Karen has recently completed a MA in Arts Management.
Co Founder The Parlour Fine Music
Adam Miller graduated with Distinction and a Dip RAM from the Opera Programme at London's Royal Academy of Music. He was a finalist in the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship 2003 and 2004. He has been awarded the Royal Over-Seas Leagues Bursary, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Award and the Royal Academy's Edna Graham Scholarship. He has performed with Scottish Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, OzOpera, Clonter Opera and Melbourne City Opera and his operatic roles include: Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro), Germont , Baron Zeta, Papageno , Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor), Marcello, Schaunard, Masetto, Marco (Gianni Schicchi) and Silvio (Pagliacci). Sacred and concert repertoire includes Raphael/Adam in Haydn's The Creation and the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Adam has an equally distinguished career on the concert platform, in film, television and radio, and has featured on two CDs.
Coady Green is acknowledged as a major talent on the international concert circuit, having been described as;
“a virtuoso pianist with sensitivity, intelligence and charm”, and “accurate and exhilarating”, (Musical Opinion, London),
with “a strong and versatile technique capable of the most delicate colouring and tonal brilliance, rising to the challenges of extreme virtuoso demands with relish” (The Advertiser, South Australia).
Julie Houghton trained as an actor, before gaining an arts degree and becoming an ABC journalist, radio producer and announcer. Currently, Julie is a journalist with the Salvation Army, writing on culture and spirituality for the Warcry magazine. She is a freelance compere, professional narrator at Vision Australia, and is heard frequently on 3MBS as an arts interviewer. She is the music theatre reviewer for classicmelbourne.com.au, and is delighted to return again to perform at Arden Crescent. Julie has performed two successful short cabaret shows and is a professional reader in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Carols In the Cathedral Concerts each year. In 2016, Julie performed the role of Older Natalie in Wagner in Paris at Melbourne Recital Centre to great acclaim. She is proud to be a patron and committee member of several arts organisaitons.
Douglas Kelly is a young tenor who already has extensive experience in opera, oratorio and as a recitalist. In 2018, Douglas received the Robert Salzer award in the national Liederfest and participated and performed in the annual Franz Schubert Institute Summer school in Baden Bei Wien, Austria. In 2016 Douglas has been selected as a semi finalist in the Mietta Song Competition and received the encouragement award in the Herald Sun Aria competition. Douglas is also currently a young artist at Victorian Opera.
Melbourne based baritone Kiran Rajasingam is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne) where he was awarded several prizes and scholarships for excellence in music. In 2019 Kiran was awarded the Robert Salzer Foundation award as runner up at the 38th National Liederfest. Kiran is currently performing in Victorian Opera’s The Barber of Seville and will go on to sing Ein Cappadocier in their production of Salome in 2020.
Tenor Michael Lapiña began his professional career in 1988 performing in musicals and touring extensively in Australia and Asia.
Since 2008, Michael has been engaged with many of Australia’s leading opera houses to perform some of the most coveted tenor roles in the operatic repertoire. His roles have included Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’ELISIR DAMORE, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s TOSCA, Pong and Emperor in TURANDOT, Beppe and Canio in Leoncavallo’s I PAGLIACCI, Remendado in Bizet’s CARMEN, Don Alvaro in Verdi’s LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA, Manrico in IL TROVATORE, and the title role in Gounod’s FAUST.