VOCALISATION IS ALL ABOUT THE SOUND AND THE STORY.
THE SONG COMPANY OF AUSTRALIA COMPRISES THE CONTINENT’S LEADING VOCAL ENSEMBLE, SINGING MUSIC OF ALL TIMES AND PLACES.


Susannah Lawergren - soprano

SUSANNAH
LAWERGREN

– SOPRANO

Susannah Lawergren holds an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and a BA (Politics and International Relations) with Distinction from the University of NSW. After performing a season with Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Company, coming second in the National Aria Award in Canberra and competing as a finalist for the Opera Foundation’s German Award, she joined The Song Company in 2011. She has sung with Cantillation, Opera Australia, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St James Church, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra, and Sydney and Melbourne Symphonies.

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Anna Fraser - soprano

ANNA
FRASER

– SOPRANO

Anna Fraser has gained an enviable reputation as a versatile soprano specialising in the interpretation of early and contemporary repertoire, and has been singing as a permanent member of The Song Company since 2007. She also performs extensively with Sydney’s professional ensembles, most recently with Sydney Chamber Opera at the 2017 Sydney Festival, Pinchgut Opera with notable roles in L’Orfeo, Dardanus, L’Ormindo, and Castor et Pollux, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Synergy Percussion, Ensemble Offspring, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Cantillation, Ironwood, Halcyon, Salut! Baroque, and Sydney Consort.

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Hannah Fraser - mezzo-soprano

HANNAH
FRASER

– MEZZO-SOPRANO

Hannah Fraser graduated from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music (Performance). Hannah has performed alongside professional ensembles including Pinchgut Opera & Cantillation in Iphigénie en Tauride, Ironwood in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, and the New Zealand String Quartet performing pieces by Brahms & Bach at the Adam Chamber Music Festival New Zealand. Since 2013 Hannah has been involved in establishing and developing ‘Voci Stupende’, an organisation which supports young opera singers through providing operatic performance opportunities around Australia. In 2017 Hannah takes to the stage in Europe.

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Richard Black - tenor

RICHARD
BLACK

– TENOR

Richard Black began his vocal studies while a science student at Adelaide University, later becoming a member of the Adelaide Chamber Singers under Carl Crossin OAM. Since moving to Sydney in 1994 to join The Song Company, Richard has been a member of the choir of St James’ Church, King Street and a founding member of both ACO Voices and Cantillation. He has performed with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Salut! Baroque, Pinchgut Opera, and The Sydney Consort. He has also formed, directed and sung in two vocal ensembles: Renaissance Men and Chroma.

Mark Donnelly - baritone

MARK
DONNELLY

– BARITONE

An exceptionally versatile vocalist, Mark Donnelly joined The Song Company in 1997 and since that time has performed music spanning eleven centuries for national and international audiences. Mark has sung with many organisations including Pinchgut Opera, Opera Queensland, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Cantillation, Halcyon, Australian String Quartet, Ironwood, Sydney Symphony, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Thoroughbass, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney University Musical Society, and the Newcastle University Choir.

Andrew O'Connor - bass'

ANDREW
O’CONNOR

– BASS

Andrew O’Connor was born in Perth, and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Australia, before developing a successful teaching career in Perth, and performing both around Australia and internationally in opera, oratorio, art song, and consort singing. He relocated to Sydney in 2015, becoming the newest full-time singer in The Song Company. Andrew also appears regularly with Sydney’s leading early and contemporary music ensembles including Opera Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Bach Akademie Australia, Cantillation, St Mary’s Cathedral Choir, Choir of St James, Sydney Antiphony, and Hourglass Ensemble.

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Antony Pitts - Artistic Director

ANTONY
PITTS

– ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Antony Pitts is a composer, conductor, producer, and recipient of the Radio Academy BT Award, the Prix Italia, and a Cannes Classical Award. A Chapel Royal treble, Academic and Honorary Senior Scholar at New College, Oxford, founder of British ensemble TONUS PEREGRINUS, Senior Lecturer at the Royal Academy of Music, and Senior Producer at BBC Radio 3, he made his Glastonbury Festival debut in 2014, and in 2016 joined The Song Company – succeeding Roland Peelman as the first new Artistic Director for a quarter of a century. Commissioned for Alexander Litvinenko, Cheltenham Festival, King’s College London, New College Oxford, Rundfunkchor Berlin, The Swingles, and Westminster Cathedral, with premières of his music in Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, and Sydney Opera House, critical acclaim for Antony’s music tends towards hyperbole: “...My first impulse on hearing this disc was to commend it unreservedly to each and every man, woman, and child on the planet...”.

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FRANCIS
GREEP

– GUEST VOCAL COACH

Francis Greep has gained an international reputation for his work as a vocal coach, recitalist, chorus master, continuo player and conductor. Now based in Australia, he has worked for Opera Australia as part of the Music Staff and as Assistant Chorus Master; and West Australian Opera and Houston Grand Opera, both as Head of Music, and has performed across Europe, North and South America, New Zealand and Australia. Francis has prepared singers and choruses in more than 60 operas and extensive experience of Art Song across all languages. Francis is particularly known for his skill in preparing established and developing singers for professional role debuts through his extensive repertoire experience, and for providing singers with the tools to continue developing and refining their voices. Concurrently, Francis is Marketing and Development Manager at the world-renowned Gondwana Choirs, and is thrilled to be associated with The Song Company, their exciting artistic program and the incredible vocal prowess that on display at every performance.