Artists

Naomi Johns

Naomi has performed with Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Australian Shakespearean Festival as well as state and regional companies, and has also appeared on ABC National Radio and television as a principle artist. After receiving the Nelly Apt Award from the finals of the Australian Singing Competition, Naomi traveled to Tel Aviv where she completed the International Vocal Arts Academy.

Since then she has been in the finals of many national competitions on numerous occasions such as the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, Opera Foundation Australia’s Lady Fairfax Award and German Award.

Naomi was the first female winner of the Bel Canto Award from the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Opera Foundation in 2013, which enabled her to continue her private studies in New York, Cardiff and London.

Since Naomi’s return to Perth in 2015 she has made her principal debut with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Asher Fisch and commenced working with West Australian Opera on a regular basis.

Fiona Campbell

Fiona Campbell is one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved classical singers - the winner of the national Limelight Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 and vocal winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award and the ASC Opera Awards. 

Fiona sings regularly as a principal artist with all of the major ensembles and orchestras in Australia and with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and WA Opera. Her international collaborators have included the Brodsky Quartet, Tokyo Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Glyndebourne Festival Opera.

Career highlights include several concerts with the legendary tenor José Carreras in Japan, Korea and Australia.  She made debut at Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Cadogan Hall in London with the renowned international soprano Barbara Bonney.  In 2018, Fiona sang Messiah with the Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Debussy’s Ariettes oubliés with the Melbourne Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Perth.

John Longmuir

One of Australia’s most acclaimed young tenors, John Longmuir was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

His awards encompass all of Australia’s major competitions, having won the prestigious Herald-Sun Aria, the Opera and Arts Support Group Scholarship and the inaugural Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award. In 2019 he was nominated for his first Helpmann Award for his portrayal as the Captain in Berg’s Wozzeck.

John’s operatic studies took place at the Australian Opera Studio.

After making his professional debut’s as Ismaele in Nabucco in Tokyo and La Naissance de Venus in Berlin, John joined the Opera Australia young artist program.

Since then, John has sung all the major leggiero repertoire for Opera Australia including, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Narciso in Il turco in Italia, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Camille in The Merry Widow, Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, Fenton in Falstaff, Beppe in Pagliacci, Pong in Turandot and many others.

Sam Roberts-Smith

Australian baritone Sam Roberts-Smith is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and is widely recognised as one of the most exciting and talented performers of his generation.

Winner of numerous prizes and awards including the Marianne Mathy Scholarship: The Australian Singing Competition, Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Award, Deutsche Oper Berlin Award: The Opera Foundation for Young Australians and various prizes at the Paris Opera Awards.

He has recently finished his first season as a principal artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and is a former principal artist of Opera Australia. Even at this early stage of his career, Sam has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the operatic world including Leo Nucci, Patricia Racette, Simon Keenlyside, Stephen Costello, Charles Castronovo, Zeljko Lucic and Richard Bonynge.

Sam is a former mentored Artist of the West Australian Opera and dedicates his performance to his parents for their love and ongoing support.

Conductor – Chris Van Tuinen

Christopher graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001 and completed a Masters in Conducting at the VCA in 2005. Experienced in both vocal and instrumental music, he was awarded the John Williams Conducting Scholarship for 2004-05.

Christopher has been nominated by the Musical Theatre Guild for Best Music Direction and received a Green Room Award nomination in the Best Conductor category.

His most recent credits include a 14 city tour of China conducting Turandot for AIOC, Peter and the Wolf and the Britten Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra with WASO, The Rite of Spring for UWA, The Bells, the Verdi and Mozart Requiems for UWACS and UWA, Verdi’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No 1 and Scheherazade for WAYO, Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia for Staatsoper Hamburg Stabile, Madame Butterfly and Barber of Seville for OzOpera, Abduction from the Seraglio, Guistino, Don Pasquale, Sweeney Todd and The Rape of Lucretia for Lyric Opera and Gianni Schicchi/The Telephone for Powerhouse Opera Queensland.