Recently returned from studying and performing in Italy, Petah Chapman has worked with coaches from Covent Garden and The Metropolitan Opera. In 2019 she recoded her debut European album for Stradivarius Milano Dischi with Trio Cavallaro, which features arrangements of arias and song by Handel, Weber and Strauss (2020 release). Awarded a Churchill Fellowship, Petah will travel to Europe in 2020 to pursue excellence in opera performance and develop relationships with cultures in which opera thrives.
This year she made her Sydney debut with the Apollo Opera Company, giving a solo recital on Sydney harbour and performing with baroque orchestra in Handel's Radamisto (Polissena). On Australia Day she was awarded the Senior Cultural award for her services to the arts through her performance career and mentorship programmes for young regional Australians. She mounted a regional Australian tour with Trio Cavallaro, to bring music to the bush, which subsequently became an international tour seeing the Trio make their European debut in Copenhagen.
She performed for the Queensland Premier in a VIP event in 2019, and will make her Opera Australia debut in 2020 as part of the chorus for La Traviata on the harbour. She was thrilled to perform under the baton of Simone Young in the role of Echo in late 2018 (Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos).
While in Italy Petah performed excerpts from Mozart's Don Giovanni (Elvira) and Così Fan Tutte (Fiordiligi) as well as a performance at Villa Miani, overlooking Vatican City in Rome. While there she was chosen from thousands of applicants to perform in the finals of the Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.
She has performed as soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the Music on Sundays concert series Mighty Imperial Russia and Music from Stage and Screen and most recently as soprano soloist in Mozart’s Requiem.
She attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School from 2014-2017, where she again performed as soloist with the QSO in excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin (Tatiana), Mozart’s Idomeneo (Ilia), La Clemenza di Tito (Vitelia), Verdi's Falstaff (Alice Ford) and Strauss' Ariadne (Echo).
Prior to leaving Australia in 2016 Petah performed Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Queensland Conservatorium of Music while performing with The 7 Sopranos. In 2015 She performed in Humperdink’s Hansel & Gretel (Gretel) directed by Micheal Gow, with musical direction by Johannes Fritzsch (Queensland Conservatorium).
She also performed her self-written show, a combination of Opera and Folk music, for Opera Queensland’s Studio 4101, and gave a concert with pianist Philip Mayers showcasing Brahm’s Liebesliederwalzter. In 2014 she toured with the world premiere of Floods – a travelling opera, performing the role of ‘Young Woman’ for The Brisbane Festival and the Queensland Conservatorium.
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"Chapman’s sensitive and divine performance was touching, graceful and unforgettable."
- Performing Arts Hub