Karen Fitz-Gibbon

Karen graduated with First Class Honours from the ANU School of Music and then from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where she studied with Ms Barbara Bonney.

In concert, Karen has appeared as a soloist with the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Canberra Choral Society, Oriana Chorale, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra and UC Chorale, for which she won a Canberra Critics Circle Award.

On the stage, Karen has sung the roles of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Abigail (Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl), Coridon (Acis & Galatea) and Kelly in the Australian premiere of Black Water at the Adelaide Fringe Festival before touring it in Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Karen completed a national tour with Co-Opera as Susanna in their production of The Marriage of Figaro, subsequently touring to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She has performed the role of Aurora (La Morte D’Orfeo) with The Harp Consort in St Petersburg, Russia, and Belinda (Dido & Aeneas) for Mopoke Theatre Productions. Recently Karen performed Tatyana in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in South Australia, NSW and Victoria, and has given recitals for Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Picton Classics, Resonance Concert Series and the Lyrebird Society in Melbourne. In 2019 she sang an entire program in Icelandic for Elephant In The Room Productions’ acclaimed ‘Midnight Sun’ series.

Karen has given several art song recitals for ArtSong Canberra and the National Library of Australia. She has recorded two solo recitals for ABC Classic FM, and was a featured artist on their ‘Saturday Afternoon Concert’ program. She regularly appears with baroque instrumental duo Ensemble 642. In 2014 she was a finalist in the Mietta Song Competition.

Robert Macfarlane

Robert is a multi award-winning Tenor, Stage Director and Singer/Songwriter. Recent solo appearances include the Adelaide Festival, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, State Opera of SA and Melbourne Opera in works encompassing Monteverdi, Handel, Wagner, Britten, and significant 21st Century composers Lembit Beecher and John Haddock. Robert’s directorial debut was made with the revolutionary Lieder/Circus synthesis ‘More Guilty than the Poet’ in 2018 for the Adelaide Festival Centre, and he stage directed both Dances of Passion and Arms of Love for the Song Company in 2021. 2022 includes returns to some of his most beloved repertoire: Haydn’s Creation in Adelaide, the Evangelist (St. John Passion) in Geelong, and Schubert’s Winterreise with pianist Nicholas Young, as well as appearances with Melbourne Opera and the Song Company. Under the moniker Nurseratched his original album ‘Catastrophically Ourselves’, including the riotous surprise hit single ‘My Opera Career’s Over’, was released in March this year and has already been lauded by the International Songwriting Competition, Limelight Magazine, and released internationally by Aldora Britain Records, hitting #1 on their independent UK charts. A second album and tour is planned for 2022. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Robert has worked in the Emergency Departments of Sunshine and Footscray Public Hospitals, and has become a passionate advocate for the multi-cultural communities of Melbourne’s western suburbs. He expects to complete his Masters in Public Health (Global Health Leadership) in 2023 at Victoria University.

Nicholas Dinopoulos

Nicholas Dinopoulos studied singing at the University of Melbourne under Merlyn Quaife AM and furthered his training as a studio artist of Gertrude Opera. He maintains a busy performance schedule consisting of various concert, recital and operatic engagements, most notably as a core member of Songmakers Australia.

He has appeared as a guest soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Bach Musica NZ, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Australian Haydn Ensemble, Ludovico’s Band, Latitude 37, Victorian Opera (Melbourne) and Pinchgut Opera (Sydney).

He is frequently heard in national live-to-air broadcasts on ABC Classic & 3MBS FM, and his performances have been recorded by both the Chandos and Pinchgut Live labels. He has also given the world premiere performances of several significant new works from among the rising generation of Australian composers.

As a conductor and educator, he has prepared both choral-symphonic and chamber choral works as a guest chorus-master for leading Australian organisations and currently holds positions at The University of Melbourne (Music Director, Melbourne Conservatorium Chamber Choir) and the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music (Sessional Voice Teacher). He has also been Music Director of the Monash University Singers, and resident vocal consultant to the National Youth Choir of Australia for four consecutive seasons from 2015-2018.

A specialist in the field of changing voice and young men’s singing, he has also served on the staff of the Australian Boys Choral Institute since 2007. He is only the fifth Artistic Director appointed in the Choir’s 82-year history.

Sara Macliver

Sara Macliver is one of Australia’s most popular and versatile artists, and is regarded as one of the leading exponents of Baroque repertoire.

Sara is a regular performer with all the Australian symphony orchestras as well as the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, Pinchgut Opera, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Musica Viva, and a number of international companies.

Sara records for ABC Classics with more than 35 CDs and many awards to her credit.

In 2017/18 Sara sang with Sydney Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Opera, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, St George’s Cathedral, the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and in several programs with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; she also sang with Bangalow Festival, St George’s Cathedral and Collegium Musicum amongst many other projects.  Sara recorded a CD of Calvin Bowman songs which was released last year.

In 2019 Sara sang with the West Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia, Ten Days on the Island, the Peninsula Summer Festival, Brisbane Camerata and ANAM amongst others.

Sara has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Western Australia in recognition of her services to singing.