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.
For Opera Australia, Imogen is currently performing the role of Angelina in their NSW schools tour, Cinderella, and will be making her debut as Mimì in La Bohème with Penrith Symphony Orchestra. After performing in the spectacular new production of The Phantom of the Opera on Sydney Harbour as part of the Operatic female ensemble, Imogen is thrilled to be returning to the Phantom stage.
Mezzo-soprano Kyla Allan completed her studies at the Western Australian Academy of
Performing Arts, graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance in
2011 with high distinction. In her first year at the academy, she was awarded the Michelle
Robinson Scholarship for the most outstanding first-year classical vocal student and at the
conclusion of her degree, she was awarded a Melba Opera Trust Scholarship from the
Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust. In 2012 she joined The 7 Sopranos and has been
performing across Australia and overseas with the group ever since.
In 2014 Kyla began
working with Opera Australia, touring as Rosina and Aunty Bartola in Rossini's The Barber
of Seville and the following year as Cinderella in Rossini’s La Cenerentola with their NSW
Schools Touring Company. Later that year she also joined the Opera Australia Chorus and
has been a full-time or casual chorister ever since.
Outside of classical performance, Kyla
has been running her own singing studio in Newcastle for the past twelve years and has
more recently started popping on her cowboy boots to sing and drum with a local
country/rockabilly band Whistle Dixie, playing at Australia’s major country music festivals
for the past five years.
Simon Kim was born in Korea and graduated in voice from Kyung Hee University in 1992. He moved to Italy later that year and undertook postgraduate studies in Genoa, Perugia and at the Salzburg Mozarteum in Austria.
Whilst residing in Italy, Simon was successful in many vocal competitions and appeared as soloist in numerous concert performances around the country. Upon his return to Korea in 2001, he undertook many of the leading tenor roles in the repertory include Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Alfredo in La traviata, Scorpio in La Pizza con Funghi and the title role in Werther. Simon also sang major roles in professional productions of Korean operas – with these companies, he toured to China and Germany.
On the concert platform, he has sung with all the major Korean symphony orchestras as well as the Central Russia National Orchestra and the Ukraine Symphony Orchestra. In 2008, Simon was invited to give a solo recital at the Russian National Art Academy in Vladivostok.
In 2009, he moved to Sydney, Australia and has become a principal artist with Opera Australia. Some highlights of his time with OA have included singing the role of Macduff in Macbeth, Remendado in Carmen and covering Gustavus and The Duke in new productions of Un ballo in maschera and Rigoletto.
In 2015, Simon Kim sang Calaf in Turandot and The Herald in Don Carlos for Opera Australia.
Richard Anderson was born in Sydney. He commenced musical training in voice and organ at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School and studied organ at the Sydney Conservatorium before moving to Canberra to further his voice studies at the Canberra School of Music. Richard joined the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artists’ Development Program at Opera Australia in 2003 and has since become a principal bass with the Company.
His Opera Australia repertoire include Zuniga (Carmen), Zweiter Geharnischter Mann (Die Zauberflöte), Cascada (The Merry Widow), Count Ceprano (Rigoletto), Diener (Lulu), Major-Domo (Capriccio), Un Ufficiale (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Imperial Commisioner (Madama Butterfly), Araldo (Otello), Erste Soldat (Salome), Sciarrone, Un Carceriere (Tosca), Vierte Edle (Lohengrin), Messaggero (La Traviata), Achte Diener (Capriccio), An Officer (Madeleine Lee), High Priest (Nabucco), Magic Christian (Rinaldo), Publio (La clemenza di Tito) and Curio and Achilla (Giulio Cesare).
Willoughby Symphony Choir
In 1963 some sixty singers from local Methodist churches banded together to form the Northside Choral Society, and the first concert for the choir in August of that year was a broadcast performance on 2CH of Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise. With the foundation of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in 1965 a natural partnership was born. The Choir’s name change reflected that, becoming the Willoughby Symphony Choir in 1973. Although the choir and orchestra remain independent entities, they are inextricably linked through their proud history of collaboration and indeed both exist under the auspices of the City of Willoughby. For many years resident in the old Chatswood Civic Centre, the home venue for both ensembles is now the world-class Concourse Theatre, one of Australia’s finest concert halls.
Willoughby Symphony Choir is now widely recognised as the one of Australia's finest community choirs. The schedule of upwards of eight concerts a year reflects the choir’s dual role as a performing ensemble in its own right, and as the symphonic chorus for the WSO.
Willoughby Symphony Choir also performs at community functions such as the Willoughby Spring Festival and Carols in the Park, as well as maintaining links with rural areas of NSW such as Orange and Bathurst. The Choir has performed regularly in popular music concerts at the Sydney Opera House and in 2008 conducted a successful tour of Europe.
Drawing from a singing membership of 130, every year sees the choir perform the major choral masterworks, as well as occasional forays into surprising pop and jazz repertoire. The choir also makes regular recordings and broadcasts.