Award-winning Australian soprano, stage director & producer
Founder: The Opera Studio Melbourne /
Gertrude Opera
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
"Linda Thompson is a rock-star. If you know her, then you know why."  Luke Leonard, Artistic Director, Monk Parrots NYC
Pictured as Claire Claremont with Opera Australia's Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini in the the world premiere of MER DE GLACE by Richard Meale (Sydney Opera House, The Australian Opera 1991)

CEO -

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Linda Thompson

Bass Baritone


Twice-Grammy Nominated Artist

Gertrude Opera Debut

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Macbeth, MACBETH

Gertrude Opera in association with Glyndebourne Opera Cup 

Asia Pacific - Regional Final Melbourne Panel

"excellent and imposing both vocally and in stage presence."   La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno


Picture credit:

John Marcus Bindel (USA)

Conductor, Music Director, Coach, Pianist
Historian - Record Producer
Music Director
Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival 2016
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018

"Shining out above the theatrical elements are the conducting skills of Brian Castles-Onion, who has performed his heroic role for Opera Australia with every single Handa Opera so far, pulling the whole production together"   Sydney - City News 2018

Brian Castles-Onion AM

Award - Winning Stage Director - 
Theatre, Opera, TV, Film
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Australian Premiere:
THE ENCHANTED PIG
New Production:
POPPEA
Gale has been directing all genres of theatre and opera nationally and internationally for over 30 years.  She has directed for all Australia’s State Theatre Companies, Opera Australia, Victoria State Opera, South Australian Opera Company, New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, English National Opera, Royal Shakespeare Company and Chichester Festival.
Pictured: Gale Edwards production of Bizet's
Carmen (Opera Australia - Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour)

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Gale Edwards AM

Oscar-Winning Costume Designer
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
THE ENCHANTED PIG

Tim Chappel

Award-winning Australian soprano
Principal Artist:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Ottavia, POPPEA
Principal Artist A VERY VERY VERY SHORT HISTORY OF OPERA
Principal Artist WINGSPREAD

Emily Burke

Baritone
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
PIG, The Enchanted Pig

Sam Roberts-Smith

Stage Director, Designer (USA)

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
MACBETH


Luke Leonard

Mezzo soprano

Principal Artist - Gertrude Opera 2016, 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival 2016

 

Arnalta, POPPEA

Principal artist, A VERY VERY VERY SHORT 

HISTORY OF OPERA


Dimity Shepherd

Tenor
Principal Artist - Gertrude Opera 2011 - 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Macduff, MACBETH
Principal Artist, A VERY VERY VERY SHORT HISTORY OF OPERA
Principal Artist, WINGSPREAD SATELLITE EVENT

Michael Lapiña

Assistant Conductor/Repetiteur

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2009 
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Jane Matheson

Soprano

Poppea (Poppea)
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Cristina Russo

Tenor​

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
NERO, Poppea

Daniel Todd

Mezzo soprano

Ottavia (Poppea)
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Heather Fletcher

Soprano - Company Manager

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019



Alison Jones

Conductor
Principal Artist: Gertrude Opera 2014
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Evan Lawson

Conductor
 
GO Studio 2010
Principal Artist:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Conductor, THE ENCHANTED PIG

Patrick Burns

Mezzo soprano
Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2019
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Victoria Thomasch

Tenor
 
Principal Artist:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Ottone, POPPEA

Paul Biencourt

Soprano

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2019
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019



Georgia Wilkinson

Contralto
Principal Artist: Gertrude Opera 2017
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Book of Fate/Old Woman, THE ENCHANTED PIG

Rose Nolan

Mezzo soprano
Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2019
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019

Naomi Flatman

Soprano 

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2019
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Drusilla, POPPEA

Frances Kruske

Soprano
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Adelaide, THE ENCHANTED PIG

Zoe Drummond

Tenor
Young Artist:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Assassin, MACBETH
Soldier 1/Lucano, POPPEA

Joshua Oxley

Bass
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Seneca, POPPEA

Jerzy Kozlowski

Mezzo Soprano
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Mrs North Wind, THE ENCHANTED PIG

Caroline Vercoe

Mezzo soprano
Young Artist:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Ottavia (cover), POPPEA
Ensemble, THE ENCHANTED PIG
Witch 3, MACBETH

Marie Campbell

Tenor (NZ)
Yarra Valley Opera Festival Young Artist 2019
King of the East, THE ENCHANTED PIG

Harry Grigg

Designer
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Besen Family Design Fellow, Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Set Designer, THE ENCHANTED PIG
Set & Costume Designer, POPPEA

Joseph Noonan

Baritone

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2016 -2017
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
Assassin, MACBETH 

Joshua Erdelyi-Götz

Contralto

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2019
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
Book of Fate/Old Woman (cover), Ensemble THE ENCHANTED PIG
Arnalta (cover) POPPEA

Alexandra Amerides

Baritone
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Assassin, MACBETH
Ensemble, Pig (cover) THE ENCHANTED PIG

Nuolin Ouyang

Soprano
Young Artist:
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Mab, THE ENCHANTED PIG
Poppea (cover), POPPEA

Sheridan Hughes

Tenor
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
Malcolm, Assassin, Macduff (cover), MACBETH
Soldier POPPEA

Leo Williams

Kate Bright

Soprano

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2016 -2017
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
Witch 1, MACBETH

Jason Crick

Lighting Designer

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
THE ENCHANTED PIG
MACBETH
POPPEA

Asher Reichman

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
MACBETH


Hannah Peel

Soprano

Gertrude Opera Studio Young Artist 2016 -2017
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
Day, Ensemble THE ENCHANTED PIG
Lady-in-Waiting, Ensemble MACBETH

Dean Sky-Lucas

Chief Repetiteur

Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2018
Yarra Valley Opera Festival 2019
 
THE ENCHANTED PIG
MACBETH
POPPEA