Our House Singers & Committee Members
Christine Heald - Contralto
Christine is a graduate of the Masters of Music (Operatic Performance), a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Victorian Opera. Christine has covered main stage roles for the Victorian Opera including the ‘Marcellina’ in Le Nozze di Figaro and ‘Baba the Turk’ in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress. She has also performed roles in the children’s operas The Magic Pudding, El Gato con Botas, and the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.
Christine performs regularly as a recitalist, and as a concert soloist with choirs and orchestras throughout Australia. Alto solos include Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Durufle’s Requiem, Brahms’ Liebeslider, and various Mozart masses including the Requiem. She has been a finalist in the RMP Oratorio Aria competition, the National Liederfest, and the Warrnambool Aria. In 2014 she and her colleagues received a ‘Best Ensemble in Opera’ Green Room Award for their work in The Magic Pudding.
Christine divides her time between vocal teaching and performing. She lives and teaches in Ballarat and Melbourne.
Dr Rick Chew - Baritone
Richard Chew studied at the University of Birmingham and the International Opera School, Royal College of Music in London. He was awarded the institution’s most prestigious honor, the President’s Rose Bowl, presented by HM The Queen Mother.
Richard has worked as a principal artist with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne, Opera North, Music Theatre London, London Sinfonietta, English National Opera, Opera Factory, Richard Alston Dance Company, Second Stride and many others.
Career highlights include a Schumann lieder recital at the National Portrait Gallery in London for BBC Radio 3; Juan, in the world premiere of Mark Anthony Turnage’s opera Country of the Blind English National Opera (50th Aldeburgh Festival), Dad, in Turnage’s Greek London Sinfonietta (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK tour and Cite de la Musique, Paris, Barbican, London – BBC Radio 3) Papageno, The Magic Flute, Opera Factory (Queen Elizabeth Hall London, Symphony Hall, Birmingham) and music for Rufus Norris’s production of Sleeping Beauty (Young Vic, Barbican and New Victory Theatre, Broadway).
As a composer, Richard has received commissions from The Young Vic Theatre Company, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Festival, South Bank Centre, Three Choirs Festival, Salisbury Cathedral (750th Anniversary commission) State Opera of South Australia, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide Cabaret Festival and Festival of Arts and Ideas, Connecticut, USA.
Richard received his PhD from the University of South Australia, where he worked as a lecturer in performing arts from 2007 – 2015. He also taught at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. Richard is currently Director of the Arts Academy, Ballarat and Gippsland Centre of Art and Design, Federation University.
Recent works include The Last of England, a CD of solo piano music and the London premiere of Stari Most, a piece for choir, orchestra and soloists, at St. John’s Waterloo. This concert was a fundraiser for the human rights charity The Sentry, founded by John Prendergast and George Clooney.
Prudence Hare - Soprano
Prudence Hare was born in rural Victoria and found her love of performing in the theatre companies of Ballarat, appearing in both principal and chorus roles. Prudence is a graduate of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Master of Music (Music Performance), Bachelor of Music (Honours) specializing in Classical Voice.
At university she was the recipient of five faculty awards; 2014 Sleath Lowrey Award, 2014 Cassidy Bequest Scholarship, 2014 Harold and Erika Fisher Encouragement Award, 2013 Athenaeum Vocal Prize and 2011 CM Middleton Scholarship. She has received multiple placings in vocal eisteddfods including South Street, Bendigo, Warrnambool, Ararat, Warragul and Melbourne.
Prudence was a member of the chorus for VYO’s production of Assembly in 2011. In 2012, she was a soprano soloist for Mozart’s Requiem at the Melbourne Town Hall with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Orchestra. In 2014 Prudence was a featured soloist with the MCM Orchestra performing three movements from Lorenzo Alvaro’s Moonless Night in the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall at the Melbourne Recital Centre. In 2016 and 2017 Prudence was the soprano soloist performing for the Robert Stolz Society with the Australasian Salon Orchestra at the Whitehorse Centre.
Prudence is currently living in Ballarat teaching music and drama at Mount Clear College.
Timothy Reynolds - Tenor
Timothy Reynolds graduated from The University of Melbourne for all three of his degrees – a Bachelor of Music, Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Secondary), and a Masters of Music (Opera Performance). Timothy has performed on the opera stage in Europe, the UK, and regularly in Australia with Victorian Opera and Opera Australia. He also teaches at Victoria’s specialist arts school, the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.
This year, Timothy has appeared with Victorian Opera in their production of Wagner’s Parsifal, and will later appear in their educational opera show Alice through the Opera Glass, and will later perform with Pinchgut opera in their production of Vivaldi’s Farnace. Last year Timothy appeared with Opera Australia as an Apprentice in their production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, with VO in their productions of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell as Ruodi, Calvin Bowman’s The Magic Pudding as Bill Barnacle, and in Respeghi’s Sleeping Beauty as the Jester. He also regularly tours various shows with VO to regional Victoria. On the concert stage, some of Timothy’s recent (and impending) solo performances include performing with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, performing as the Evangelist (and arias) in JS Bach’s Johannes Passion with the Australian Chamber Choir, performing as soloist with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra in Mozart’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir and Dixit Dominus. Timothy has performed numerous times with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, including in Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates, and with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ludovico’s Band, La Compania, The Team of Pianists, and many other specialist and professional ensembles including Gloriana, Polyphonic Voices, The Consort of Melbourne and the Heidelberg Choral Society.
In Europe Timothy has understudied a number of roles with Oper Stuttgart in Germany, and has toured Italy as soloist with The Internationale Bach Akademie Stuttgart under Hans-Christoph Rademan. He has performed as soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Philharmonischer Chor Esslingen, and with the professional Dutch ensemble The Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam. In the UK, Timothy has performed as Aeneas in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Hampstead Garden Opera and with the Opera Holland Park Ensemble.
Secretary - Amelia Ballard
Treasurer - Adrian Heald