"Giuseppina Grech, a Soprano of warmth and freshness"- The Age
Australian-Italian Soprano Giuseppina Grech is a versatile performer with experience spanning a number of genres including opera, operetta and musical theatre.
At the age of 15 Giuseppina was accepted into the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School for gifted musicians and dancers. Giuseppina now holds a Bachelor of Music (Performance) from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, majoring in Classical Voice. In addition to her studies, Giuseppina has been awarded a number of scholarships to participate in international operatic training programs including the Acclaim Italian Opera Awards Fellowship program at Teatro Accademia alla Scala Italy, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Opera Viva Italia, the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School and Opera Scholars Australia.
Giuseppina has performed principal roles with companies including Opera Australia, Victorian Youth Opera, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria, Opera Scholars Australia and at Teatro Moriconi (Italy). Her roles include Isabella/Ferdinand (swing) in El Kid, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in Carmen, Swallow in The Happy Prince, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Valencienne in The Merry Widow and Josephine in HMS Pinafore among others. In 2015 Giuseppina performed a leading role in the international premiere of Gordon Kerry’s Snow White and the Other Grimm Tales at the Melbourne Recital Centre presented by OSA with the Hopkins Sinfonia. In the same year, Giuseppina was also nominated for Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in the Music Theatre Guild Awards for her performance of Lady Thiang in The King and I.
In addition to her stage performance work Giuseppina also enjoys performing on the concert platform. She has appeared as a soloist at major international events including the 2015 Operetta ‘Ich liebe die Welt’ Music Festival with the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, the 2014 Pergolesi Spontini Music Festival in Jesi, Italy and Opera in the Market with the Alpha Sinfonia Orchestra. In December 2016 Giuseppina was featured in Sydney's Woolworths Carols in the Domain televised on the Channel Seven Network hosted by Sunrise as one of Australia's finest upcoming opera singers. Giuseppina has also performed live on Melbourne's 3MBS Fine Music Radio Station.
As part of her professional development Giuseppina has worked extensively with leading international artists, coaches and conductors including Yvonne Kenny AM, Luciana Serra, Lisa Gasteen, Siegfried Jerusalem, Linda Watson, Sylvia Greenberg, John Fisher (Metropolitan Opera New York), David Aronson (Vienna State Opera), Giovanni Reggioli (Opera Australia & Metropolitan Opera New York), Richard Hetherington (Royal Opera House Covent Garden) and Vincenzo Scalera (La Scala).
Giuseppina has been a winner and finalist in numerous significant awards and competitions including the ArtStart Grant through the Australian Council of the Arts (2015), the Warrnambool Grand Aria (2015), the Acclaim Italian Opera Fellowship Awards (2014), the University of Melbourne Talent Award (2013), the Creative Young Stars Grant from the Victorian Government of Education (2013), the Eisteddfod by the Bay Aria (2012), the Ringwood Aria (2011) and the Robert Salzer Voice Award (2010).
In 2017 Giuseppina has performed over 300 shows as the title roles of Isabella and Ferdinand in Opera Australia's NSW Schools production of El Kid featuring the music of Bizet's Carmen. She will also be performing the role of Tsarevna in Kaschery the Immortal by Rimsky-Korsakov with CitiOpera, Melbourne in October.
2018 Giuseppina rejoins Opera Australia for several Operas and she has been chosen to tour Australia with The Australian Tenors.