Wesfarmers Arts Singing Classes - Season One
Whether you are a seasoned performer, or brand new to music and singing, there is something for everyone. In this program you will have the opportunity to learn singing and musicianship skills from industry professionals in an inclusive, friendly, opera chorus environment. You will leave these classes feeling inspired by the beautiful music you will bring to life, and you will have the opportunity to share this joy with family and friends in a concert at the end of the season.
Tickets are limited, so get in quickly to secure your spot!
All classes at 6:15pm to 7:45pm at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Wednesdays fortnightly, March - June
Suitability: Ages 18+, for participants with little to no music experience who are interested in learning singing techniques and new to the opera world.
Mondays fortnightly, March - June
Suitability: Ages 18+, suitable for participants with some music experience, seeking to expand their knowledge and singing skills.
To find out more, contact our Education Coordinator, Gabriella Ibrahim, directly at [email protected]
For inquiries or to express your interest in future events, please reach out to us at [email protected]
"The Wesfarmers Arts Singing Classes have brought great joy and pleasure to me, and I eagerly anticipate the biannual event. In this program, we are challenged, encouraged and inspired as we learn to use our bodies as our instrument and reach our full potential as singers. The sessions cover technique and repertoire and are both instructional and FUN!"
"I’ve taken part in the singing workshops for a number of years and always look forward to the email announcing the next season! Nothing beats the joy of singing and learning with others in an encouraging environment and it really is the highlight of my week. The program is always fresh and it’s stimulating to learn new repertoire with a talented leader. Lisa makes the sessions fun and engaging and creates a safe space that challenges me to discover more about my voice, and gain confidence in singing in public."
Critically acclaimed as ‘radiant both vocally and visually‘, Lisa Harper-Brown is a unique and commanding performer. Lisa made her debut for Opera Australia singing Pamina in The Magic Flute. Since then performances including Fiordiligi in Così fan Tutte, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, and Elsa in Lohengrin, have delighted both critics and audiences alike, culminating in a prestigious Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Countess Almaviva in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Possessing a vast concert repertoire, and recognised for her ability to cross genres and styles, Lisa is a highly regarded concert, festival and recital performer, having appeared throughout Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK and New Zealand. Her most recent musical collaboration saw her joining forces with Japanese Marimbist, Naoto Segawa, in Epiphanies: performing traditional vocal repertoire which has been reinvented for new musical landscapes. Plans for touring Epiphanies in Festivals throughout the Asia Pacific are currently in progress.
Lisa is heard regularly in ABC Classic FM's Sunday Live! Series and on Radio NZ Concert, has recorded many new works with NZSO, and has released two CDs dedicated to Australian Art Song. She currently divides her time between her performing commitments and her other passion: teaching. Having taught in a variety of educational settings, Lisa’s extensive ‘on-stage’ experience, research into many schools of Vocal Pedagogy and language proficiency make her a highly sought-after Voice Teacher, Choral Trainer and Conductor, and Adjudicator.
Laurissa Brooke is a composer, violinist, conductor and educator currently residing on beautiful Noongar Boodja (Perth, Western Australia).
She commenced professional life in the Middle East, performing as a violinist and conductor across Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with chamber group Octessence and the Bahrain Sinfonia.
As a composer, Laurissa has accepted multiple commissions and has created works in a diverse range of genres, including works for Orchestra, Choir, Wind Ensemble, Opera, Dance, Sound tracks, Chamber ensemble, Solo works, and Cross-cultural ensemble. Her works have been performed in Australia, Europe and the Middle East.
Laurissa was Music Director of the South Side Symphony Orchestra from 2018 - 2020 and was invited guest director for the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (Spring 2019) performing with 1st prize Cliburn International Junior winner, Shuan Hern Lee.
Building a reputation for her innovative and exciting programming, Laurissa is passionate about bringing the world of orchestral music into the 21st century by reframing the historical canon, championing living and emerging composers and engaging new audiences.
Laurissa’s musical style is vivid, communicating equal amounts of drama and empathy, while combining elements of the known and unknown.
Rising star Beth Redwood is a Perth-born soprano and recent graduate from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts where she thrived studying her Bachelor of Music, majoring in Classical Voice.
Beth has always been passionate about opera and music theatre and has been involved in many productions across Perth over the last decade. Her operatic highlights include her portrayal of the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel” and Adina in “L’elisir d’Amore.”
Beth regularly performs as a chorister and soloist with several professional ensembles around Perth, including Perth Lyric Chorale, Perth Symphonic Chorus and OpusWA. With OpusWA, she has been an active Board Member since 2020. In 2022 she competed in the North of Perth Music Festival where she was honoured to be awarded Most Outstanding Senior Vocalist.
This year Beth is thrilled to be joining the Young Artist Program with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Aside from her blossoming career on stage, Beth is also passionate about conducting and music education. She has been teaching voice and piano for over eight years out of her private studio and at local primary schools. Following her conducting training under Micheàl McCarthy at university, she now directs choral ensembles with the Australian Girl’s Choir and at Newman College. Beth is positive and excited about her future in the arts and has aspirations to study a masters in opera performance in the UK.