Jennifer Barrington - Soprano
Jennifer was born in Perth and graduated from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Music in 2006. In 2007/08 she was successfully selected as an Emerging Artist with the West Australian Opera, making her professional stage debut as Papagena in Die Zauberflöte. Subsequent roles with the WA Opera Company include Gianetta L’elisir d’amore, Barbarina Le nozze di Figaro, Yum-Yum The Mikado, Niece 1 Peter Grimes, Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and 5th maid Strauss’ Elektra.
In 2009/10 Jennifer was
selected as a
young artist with the West Australian Opera and was one of the first recipients
of a newly created arts scholarship provided by Wesfarmers. 2009/10 also saw
Jennifer participate as a member of the WA Opera ‘Access all Arias - Opera in
Education Programme’, touring Australia with Opera Australia’s Ozopera. She also has been a member of
the West Australian Opera Chorus for the last nine years.
Jennifer has worked with some of Australia’s
finest orchestras including the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a finalist in many prestigious Australian
singing competitions including Opera Foundation Australia’s German Opera Grant
and was the only finalist representing Western Australia in the 2014 Melbourne
Herald Sun Aria.
Jennifer’s performances have received wide acclaim from critics. One of her recent performances was as Papagena in The Magic Flute for the WA Opera where her role was described by The West Australian reviewer thus: “Papagena (the winsome Jennifer Barrington) was pure delight.” Other recent concerts include Faure’s Requiem with the University of WA Choral Society and Carmina Burana at the Perth Concert Hall where the West Australian reviewer wrote: “Within this spicy mix soprano soloist Jennifer Barrington sparkled like a gem, her immaculate solos delivered with lingering sweetness.”
Ileana Rinaldi is a 2015 Mentored Artists for West Australian Opera. She will also make her debut in May 2015 with Lost & Found Opera as La Nourrice in Darius Milhaud's Médée. After migrating to Perth from Romania, Ileana began her studies at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She then gained a scholarship to the Australian Opera Studio where she performed the title role in Bizet's Carmen, and other roles such as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Der Komponist in Ariadne Auf Naxos, Mother in Les Contes d’Hoffman, the title role in The Rape of Lucretia, Die Knusperhexe in Hansel and Gretel, Mrs McLean in Susannah, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi.
After her studies at WAAPA and the Australian Opera Studio she made her international debut as Maddalena in Verdi's Rigoletto. at the Tokyo National Opera. She was also invited to perform the alto solo in Beethoven's 9th SymphonyShe has extensive experience in oratorio, operatic and art song performaces with composers ranging from Mozart to Strauss and Wagner. She was invited by ABC Classic FM to record songs by Mahler and Elgar with the Berlioz song cycle Les Nuits d’été with David Wickham.
Jun Zhang - Tenor
Jun Zhang was contracted to the Chinese National Opera Company in BeiJing from 2002 to 2005 before leaving China to join The Australian Opera Studio as principal tenor for two years where his roles included Hoffmann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach), Des Grieux in Manon (Massenet), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), Contino Belfiore in La Finta Giardiniera (Mozart) and Herisson in L’Etoile (Chabrier) among others.
In 2010 Jun Zhang joined the West Australian Opera Company where his performances included Carmen, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci , La Sonnumbula, Elektra, Madama Butterfly. He has also performed the role of Borsa in Rigoletto and Giuseppe in La Traviata in 2013. In June 2014, he took the role of Harlekin in LOST AND FOUND OPERA’s production The Emperor of Atlantis. Jun Zhang has performed in numerous other productions including Ké-ki-ka-ko in BA-TA-CLAN (Offenbach) for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, L’Aumonier in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Alfredo in La Traviata (Verdi), Prince Sou-Choung in The Land of Smiles (Lehar), Jiminy Cricket in Pinocchio for the West Australian Ballet.
Caroline Badnall - Pianist