Biography

Celeste Haworth has been heralded as "ravishing to both eye and ear" by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and her “charmingly dark mezzo voice” has “perfect coloratura” raved the Wiesbadener Kurier, whilst Sounds Like Sydney has praised her “assured dramatic storytelling.” She has been lauded by critics and public alike for her performances in Europe, Asia and Australia.

A regular principal artist with the State Theatre of Wiesbaden, Germany, and with the annual Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Celeste has also had arias broadcast on ABC Classic FM, recitals Fine Music 102.5 and performed extensively 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.

As the winner of the 2015 German Australia Opera Grant, the Australian mezzo made several role debuts for the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, with roles including Emilia (Otello), Meg Page (Falstaff), 3rd Maid (Elektra), Kate Pinkerton and Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Innkeeper (Boris Godunov), and notably as Charlotte in Zimmerman’s challenging Die Soldaten. All performances were a critical and public success. She was asked to return for following performances and has since sung Marcellina in Le Nozze Di Figaro, and given several recitals at Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Giessen Musik Festival, Schloss Burg Reichenstein, Trechtingshausen and Kammer Musik Wiesbaden.

 

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

Given the accomplished mezzo’s extensive vocal range and ability, she has been asked to perform modern music, and aside from Charlotte in Die Soldaten (Zimmermann), Celeste had performed two lead roles in operas at the annual Vienna Modern Festival (Wien Modern): Maria, Azrael by Dirk D'Ase and the Schlange, Edenarabeske by Wolfgang Liebhardt. Celeste was also the soloist for several concert series of newly composed works for the Young Artists Program for Composers with the Sydney Symphonietta under the baton of Maestro Richard Gill.

An extensive concert and oratorio performer, Celeste has been engaged as a soloist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Residence Orchestra, the Wien Modern Jahresfest (Anuual Festival of Modern Vienna), Theatre Muth Vienna, the Mozart House Vienna, the Giessen Musik Festival, the Wiesbaden Casino Gesellschaft, the Royal Tunbridge Wells Society, the Culture Forum of Wiesbaden, MUK Theatre Vienna, Reichenstein Castle, Trechtingshausen, Kammer Musik Wiesbaden, Sydney Schubert Society, the Early Music Ensemble Sydney Male Choir, Sydney’s Angel Place for the Radio Community Chest, the National Trust Heritage Festival Program and several musical societies including the University of Sydney Musical Society, the Macquarie University Singers, the Blue Mountains Choral Society, Sutherland Choral Society, the Joubert Singers and the Orchestra of Christchurch St Laurence.

Celeste has been a prize winner in both national and major singing competitions including the Sydney City Eisteddfods, Mathy Singing Competition, the German Australia Opera Grant and the Opera Scholarship Competition (The Sun Aria).

Celeste has also completed a Bachelor of Music Studies, an Advanced Diploma of Opera and a Post Graduate (Diploma of Music- Opera) at the Sydney Conservatorium, and her Masters of Opera from the Vienna Conservatorium of Music and Art, Private University (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien). Her Master’s Thesis “Rossini Heroines” was published and is available on amazon.com.

In 2018 Celeste has returned to Australia to sing as Nella in Gianni Schicchi for Opera Australia and Dr Handa’s production in Tokyo (production since postponed) and as an Apprentice in Opera Australia’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg by Wagner, and has been engaged for several concerts including the alto soloist in several of Handel’s Messiah performances. Celeste will next be seen singing several recitals, as Mercedes in Bizet’s Carmen for the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, as well as performing arias and duets throughout 2019 at the Sydney Opera House for Opera Australia’s Great Opera Hits Concert Series.

 

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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.