Renowned for her voice of remarkable beauty, warmth, character and expression, Australian-Mauritian Soprano Stacey Alleaume is embarking on a promising and exciting operatic career.
In 2016, she received the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship for outstanding Australian operatic talent and became a member of the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program at Opera Australia. In her first year as a young artist she made three role debuts at the Sydney Opera House: Micaëla in Carmen, Leïla in The Pearl Fishers and Alexandra Mason in The Eighth Wonder. This year, she has performed the roles of Micaëla in Carmen, Violetta Valéry in La Traviata, Flower Maiden 1 in Parsifal and Valencienne in The Merry Widow.
In 2018, Stacey will perform the roles of Valencienne, Micaëla, Violetta Valéry; and Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, with Opera Australia.
Stacey has enjoyed considerable success in important vocal competitions, winning the Australian Youth Aria in 2009, and the highly-esteemed Waiariki Institute of Technology New Zealand Aria n 2011. She has triumphed in Australia’s longest-running and most prestigious awards, taking first place in both the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria (2012) and the 2013 Herald Sun Aria (having been runner-up in the latter in 2010 and 2011).
After completing a Bachelor of Music (Music Performance) degree from The University of Melbourne, Stacey undertook the Performance Program at The Opera Studio Melbourne in 2010. Since then her artistic development has been supported by many awards, including grants from the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation and Opus 50 Charitable Trust in 2011. In 2010 Stacey received the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholarship, and was honoured again in 2012 with the Melba Opera Trust’s Amelia Joscelyne Reserve Scholarship and the Ruskin Family Opera Award.
Principal Artist roles to date have included Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel (2011), Pamina in Mozart’sThe Magic Flute (2012) and Rosina in Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (2013) for Opera Australia’s Schools Tours. After covering the role of Pamina in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia’s mainstage Sydney Summer Season in 2014, Stacey completed OA’s ten-week regional tour of The Magic Flute, performing as Pamina and Second Lady, and covering Papagena. To date, Stacey has sung the role of Pamina on over 130 occasions.
Stacey has furthered her professional development overseas. In late 2012/early 2013, she spent three months in Italy, completing a one-month intensive course in the Italian language at the Istituto Italiano in Florence, and studying voice with internationally-renowned Italian coloratura soprano Valeria Esposito in Jesi. In October 2013, she returned to Italy for a further three-month period, covering the role of Nanetta in Verdi’s Falstaff at Teatro Pergolesi in Jesi, as well as coaching with Teatro Pergolesi’s Maestro Carlo Morganti, and undertaking further studies with Valeria Esposito. Stacey also coached with Maestro Simone Savina, Italian soprani Daria Masiero (bel canto repertoire) and Luciana Serra, American bass baritone and scholar Sherman Lowe at his studio in Venice, and with repetiteur and vocal coach Joyce Fieldsend (Teatro La Fenice, Venice).
Late in 2014, Stacey travelled to the USA for an intense seven-week period auditioning for Young Artist Programs and coaching with distinguished artists from the Metropolitan, Los Angeles and San Francisco Operas, among others. She worked extensively with eminent vocal coaches/repetiteurs Rakefet Hak (UCLA) and Nino Sanikizde (Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, LA Opera) in Los Angeles, and Tatiana Vassilieva (Opera Santa Barbara) in New York. In addition, time was spent studying with Steven Eldredge and Liora Maurer (Assistant Conductors at the Metropolitan Opera), and Michael Heaston and Ken Weiss (Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Washington National Opera).
In March 2015, Stacey performed the role of Amore in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, in the inaugural SMH Spectrum Now Festival at the Art Gallery NSW, directed by Shannon Murphy and starring Silvia Colloca in the title role of Orfeo.
Later that year, Stacey was a vocal fellow and recipient of the Irene Cummings and Theodore Hostetler Full Scholarship at The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California under the direction of the legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne. She was one of only 23 singers chosen from nearly 550 applicants to gain a place in the distinguished program.
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