Dr Annabella Redman
Dr Annabella Redman graduated from the Canberra School of Music with distinction in performance with a Bachelor of Music in 1988. During this time she appeared in many operatic productions and sang with many of the various state Symphony Orchestras. She won the Robert Stolz/Apex Australia Award for study at the Vienna Conservatorium of Music. Other scholarships included Australian arts Council Grant, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust and Rotary foundation scholarships, German Government Academic Scholarship and the Vienna Conservatorium Scholarship for outstanding students.
In Vienna she immediately expanded her operatic repertoire, including such roles as Blondchen (Abduction form the Seraglio), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Seviglia), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and many more. She toured throughout Europe, Asia and America and the United Arab Emirates singing opera, operetta and musical. She also sang in numerous concerts in all the major concert houses in Vienna and was chosen by the city of Vienna to open the Mozart Bi-Centenary celebrations in Tokyo.
Dr Redman intensified her interest in teaching whilst in Vienna and was a voice lecturer at the School of Performing Arts in Vienna, a tertiary training institute specialising in Musical theatre. All of her students are still in full-time employment across Europe in Musical Theatre. She gave master classes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and was in charge of the voice department at the Adriatic Summer Festival in Bonefro, Italy.
Upon returning to Australia, she performed with Oz Opera on tour in Australia premiering the role of Laura in Midnight. She taught at Newcastle University up to Post-graduate level, covering styles from Classical to Musical. In 2011 she completed her Doctorate covering the comparison of technical development of vocal styles used in music theatre. Dr Redman taught Musical Theatre performance and technique at NSW TAFE. She is an examiner for the AMEB NSW, adjudicates regularly at Eisteddfods and runs a busy private studio.
Her past students in Australia range from recent premiers at Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to a current backing singer for Justin Timberlake. Three of her students have recently been awarded the Opera Australia Regional Scholarship with students chosen from across all of regional Australia and all students auditioning for training at WAAPA, Sydney Conservatorium and VCA have all been accepted. In addition, she has been distinguished as one of the top five singing teachers in NSW by the Australian Music Examinations Board over the last 4 years.