Cheryl Barker AO

Teacher (Classical Voice)
School of Music

2008 Doctor of Visual and Performing Arts honoris causa The University of Melbourne faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts.

Cheryl Barker AO has established a distinguished Operatic Career throughout the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

She has performed for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Paris Opera, Nederlandse Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, National Opera du Rhin, De Vlaamse Opera, La Monnaie, Opera Holland Park, Reis Opera, Scottish Opera, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Minnesota Opera, Vancouver Opera, Taipei Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, State Opera of South Australia, Opera New Zealand, Victoria State Opera and Western Australian Opera.

Her many roles have included the title roles in Jenufa, Tosca, Suor Angelica, Madama Butterfly, Manon Lescaut, Rusalka, Arabella, Salome (both for which she won the green room and Helpmann awards), Adrianna Lecouvreur, Fancesca di Rimmini, Hanna Glawari in Die Lustige Witwe, Katya Kabanova.

Other roles include Countess/Le Nozze di Figaro, Adina/L’elisir d’amore, Mimi in the award winning Baz Luhrmann production of La boheme, Violetta/La Traviata, Donna Elvira/Don Giovanni, Tatyana/Eugene Onegin, Medda/I Pagliacci, Antoia/The Tales of Hoffman, Giorgetta/Il Tabarro, Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Marschellin/Der Rosenkavalier, Madeleine/Capriccio, Chrysothemis/Elektra, The Governess and Miss Jessel/The Turn of the Screw, Desdemona/Otello, Musetta/La Boheme, Marie/Die Tote Stadt, Salud/La Vida Breve, Jenifer/A Midsummer Marriage, Micaela/Carmen, Emilia Marty/Vec Makropoulos, Marzelline/Fidelio, Oksana/Christmas Eve, Kate/Kiss Me Kate.  She created the role of Sarah in Jake Heggies Opera The End of The Affair for Houston Grand Opera.  Gertrude in Brett Deans Hamlet.

She has appeared in concert at London’s Wigmore Hall, The Barbican Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Konzerthaus Wien, Koningin Elisabethzaal Belgium, ath the Brisbane, Melbourne, Spoletto Festivals, The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and with the SSO, QSO, MSO, WASO.

Recordings include Puccini Passion, Pure Diva (Melba Recordings), Seduction & Persuasion, Don John of Austria, Beethoven 9 (ABC Classics), La Boheme, Madama Butterfly (Belgium and Netherlands Television).

Notable conductors:  Sir Mark Elder, Sir Charles Mackerras, Silvio Varviso, Carlo Felice Cillario, Patrick Summers, Sir Bernard Heitink, Edo de Waart, David Robinson, Vladimir Kamirsky, Jiri Belohlavek, Yannick Nezet-Sequin, Bertrand de Billy, Richard Bonynge, David Parry, Richard Hickox, Simone Young.

Cheryl was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours and also holds an honorary doctorate of Music conferred by the Victoria College of the Arts.

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