Biography

Celeste has performed many roles as a principal artist in Europe, Australia and Asia and has been a regular principal artist with Opera Australia , the State Theatre of Wiesbaden, and the annual Wien Modern Festival in Vienna.

The Australian mezzo made several  international role debuts in Germany  for the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden over a number of seasons, with roles including Emilia (Otello, Verdi), Meg Page (Falstaff, Verdi), 3rd Maid (Elektra, Strauss), Kate Pinkerton and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly, Puccini), Innkeeper (Boris Godunov, Mussorgsky), Marcellina (Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mozart), and notably as Charlotte in Zimmerman’s challenging Die Soldaten. All performances were a critical and public success.

She also given several recitals at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Giessen Musik Festival, Schloss Burg Reichenstein, Trechtingshausen and Kammer Musik Wiesbaden.

Celeste performed extensively as a soloist with renowned orchestras including the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Early Music Ensemble, the Deutsches Kammer Orchester in connection with the Frankfurter Philharmoniker, Wien Residenz Orchester and the Sydney Symphonietta.

Currently based in Sydney as an artist with Opera Australia, Celeste has been singing at the Sydney Opera House in the Opera Australia’s Great Opera Hits Concert Series since 2019. With engagements interrupted due to the Covid pandemic, such as the role of Mercedes in Opera Australia’s National 2020 Tour of Bizet’s Carmen, Celeste looks forward to upcoming performances for the 2021 season for Opera Australia, including the role of Flora in Opera Australia’s La Traviata on Sydney Harbour, and the continuation of Great Opera Hits concerts.

Celeste has sung many other major operatic roles in both Europe and Australia, including Marchesa Melibea (Il Viaggio A Reims,Rossini), Tamerlano (Tamerlano, Händel), Dorabella  (Cosi Fan Tutte, Mozart), Bertarido ( Rodelinda, Händel), La Voix, and Muse/Nicklausse  (Les Contes de Hoffmann, Offenbach), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Rossini), Frau Reich (Die Lustigen Weiber Von Windsor, Nicolai), Mother Goose (The Rake's Progress, Stravinsky), Madame Rosa(Il Campanello, Donizetti), Sally (A Hand of Bridge,Barber), Deuxieme Commere  (Angelique, Ibert), La Marchande(Les Maremelles de Tiresias,Poulenc), Florence Pike and Nancy Waters (Albert Herring, Britten).


Celeste has four degrees, three from the Sydney Conservatorium, including a Post Grad Diploma of Music (Opera ), and her Masters of Opera from the Vienna Conservatorium (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien). Her Master’s Thesis “Rossini Heroines” was published and is available on amazon.com.

In addition Celeste is an occasional presenter on Fine Music Sydney, 102.5FM on the flag ship drive time program, Fine Music Drive.

 

I have such a passion for this music- the feeling I get singing these incredible classics and forgotten masterpieces- I strive to make the audience feel the same way. I have seen people who have never heard a note of this style before be moved to tears: such is the power of this music.