Opera Panel


Cameron Menzies - Panel Chair


Kerry Murphy


KERRY MURPHY is head of musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. Her research interests focus chiefly on 19th-century French music and music criticism and colonial Australian music history and she has published widely in these areas. For over twenty years she has taught historical opera studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium and she is a passionate lover of opera..

Alan Barker


ALAN BARKER studied Mus. Bach. & Dip. Ed. Melbourne University Conservatorium and had a Lectureship in Opera School at the Con. for 2 years. He joined the Australasian tour of Offenbach's ORPHEUS and THE MERRY WIDOW, the Australian tour of NZ Opera"s PORGY & BESS; Mus. Dir. NZ Ballet: Acting Art.Dir. NZ Opera; Resident Conductor Australian Ballet; Princ. Cond. American Ballet Theatre; Mus. Dir. Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Scottish and Teresa Carreno (Venezuela) Ballets. Guest Conductor with Royal Swedish, Royal Danish, Gothenburg, Birmingham and Covent Garden Royal Ballets. Japan tours with Royal Swedish and ABT; also guest conductor New National Theatre Ballet and Noriko Kobayashi Ballets, (4 productions) in Tokyo.

Margaret Haggart


MARGARET HAGGART has been a professional Opera Singer since 1972, singing teacher since 1976. Studied in Melb with Antonio Moretti-Pananti. Won Sydney Sun Aria 1970, moved to London. Debut with Welsh National Opera (UK), then joined English National Opera on full contract for 5 seasons, performing 9 major roles annually. Freelanced from 1978, with major U.K. companies, BBC Radio & TV broadcasts, R Albert Hall Prom Concerts & various Festivals. Returned to Melb 1984 & has sung with all Australian Companies & major Festivals, ABC TV & Radio, Opera in the Domain, & most Symphony Orchestras. Her Rep of more than 90 major roles includes the title roles of Madama Butterfly, Katya Khabanova, Lucrezia Borgia, the Merry Widow, La Traviata, & Turandot. She has sung many Mozart heroines & is known for the Queen of the Night; performances include 25 Orchestral & Choral works, & World Premieres of works by the Australian Composers: Michael Bertram, Barry Conyngham, Michael Easton, Paul Grabowski, Alan John, & Graeme Koehne. Margaret has performed in Chile, France, Italy, N Zealand, Singapore & USA.