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TIFFANY SPEIGHT

VOCAL DIRECTOR

Tiffany Speight, is the “Down to earth Diva” a Helpmann and Greenroom recipient and a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts. 

Early on in her career, Tiffany was awarded the VCA Dame Mabel Kent Scholarship for singing, and later the the ABC Queen’s Trust Award and the Kitty Fisher Gift, awarded at the Australian Singing Competition. 

Tiffany was a Vocal Finalist for the ABC Young Performers Award and also the recipient of the 2002 Opera Foundation Australia Vienna State Opera Award, under which she made her European debut at the Vienna State Opera.

Tiffany made her opera debut as Cupid in Semele with the Victorian State Opera and became a Young Artist with the company, where she sang Despina in Così fan tutte and Dienerin in Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Melbourne Festival. 

She later joined Opera Australia's Young Artist Program, performing Juliet in the MODD (Music Opera Dance Drama) production of Roméo et Juliette. Other roles during this time included Zerlina (Don Giovanni) for the Victorian State Opera Education Program, the title roles in Patience, Gigi and The Merry Widow, Frasquita (Carmen), Lillian (Kurt Weill's Happy End) as well as numerous recitals in Sydney and Melbourne.

Subsequently she has performed with the NBR New Zealand Opera as Musetta (La bohème), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Romilda (Xerxes), at Opera Under the Stars in Broome, the Prime Minister's Olympic Dinner, a gala with the Seoul Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Pops Orchestra in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, The Best of British and The Gilbert and Sullivan Show (The Production Company) in Melbourne, played the role of Sister Rose in Dead Man Walking for Alexander Productions, performed Poulenc's Stabat Mater with Sydney Philharmonia. She has also featured in the documentary Outback Opera and appeared on the ABC hit TV show “Spicks and Specks”.

Tiffany’s many roles for Opera Australia include Phyllis (Iolanthe), Cherubino and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro (also for Opera Queensland), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (also for Opera Queensland), Giannetta (The Gondoliers), Tebaldo (Don Carlo), Ellen (Lakmé), Papagena and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Micaëla and Frasquita (Carmen), Valencienne in The Merry Widow (Green Room award), Yum Yum (The Mikado), Josephine (HMS Pinafore on DVD) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) as well as Mimi (La bohème) and Angelica (Orlando) for OzOpera. She has also performed the title role in L'Incoronazione di Poppea (Helpmann Award), Romilda (Xerxes) and Cleopatra (Giulio Cesare) for Victorian Opera along with Pat Nixon (Nixon in China), Countess (The Marriage of Figaro), Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier excerpts for the Richard Gill Gala Concert and Valencienne (The Merry Widow) for Singapore Lyric Opera. 

Further concert appearances include performances with the Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Sydney Philharmonia, and at the Brisbane Festival, Opera Australia 50th Anniversary Gala, Castlemaine State Festival in solo recital with David Mcnicol and the Australian String Quartet. 

She also performed the role of Armida (Rinaldo) at the Rheingau Music Festival in Germany with the Lautten Compagney, created the roles of the women in the life of Mario Lanza in a new musical mystery “Who Killed Mario Lanza?”, she gave a solo recital for the Musica Viva Coffee Concert series in Melbourne (Classic FM broadcasted), Beethoven’s Symphony no 9 with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZ radio broadcasted) and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.

In recent years, she has taken some time out to coach many up and coming singers through Opera Scholars Australia and her own private singing studio. She has also adjudicated on many singing panels including the prestigious Herald Sun Aria.

Most recently she mentored a Community Theatre Production of Mary Poppins where she also played the title role to rave reviews. She has recently participated as a reader for the filming of children’s books for the online company “Story Box Library” who boost a huge line up of celebrities and has had her own segment on ABC Statewide drive with Nicole Chvastek “  called Musical Maestros based in Ballarat.


Reviews: 

Mary Poppins “From the moment Ms Speight stepped onto the stage, she commanded her audience. Utterly. Thrillingly. That glorious voice rang through every beam in the old church and the full-bodied, sexy roundness of Ms Speight radiated a rich, warm authority just by standing there. It is a rare treat to be taken on a theatrical journey by a performer who is in full command of her craft. There are many talented people around, but it takes years and years of training and experience to aquire this level of total ease on stage”. Meryl Leppard 2018

Tiffany Speight Soprano Rinaldo, Rheingau Musik Festival “Among all the singers, Tiffany Speight displayed breathtaking coloratura with pin-point accuracy…..a thrilling Armida with an effortless top, expansive breath control and engaging presence” Op-online.de - August 2011

Le Nozze di Figaro, Opera Australia 'Tiffany Speight’s Susanna was appealing and feisty, and she sings with bright rounded clarity and naturalness Peter McCallum Sydney Morning Herald January 2007

The Magic Flute, “The Pamina, Tiffany Speight, is at the stage of career where her voice is blossoming; her great aria in Act II, ‘Ach, ich fuehl's’, carries the sweetness and tangy upper register of the young Yvonne Kenny.” Michael Shmith The Sunday Age April 2005 

The Magic Flute, Opera Australia “Best of all is Speight's full-throated Pamina. She brings to the character a full throated richness of tone while being pure and alluring of presence and voice. She is the beating heart of this charming, cool version of Mozart’s masterpiece.” John Slavin The Age April 2005