DAVID WICKAM
Pianist & Coach

David Wickham is one of Australia’s pre-eminent accompanists, and the Co-ordinator of Keyboard Studies at WAAPA. He was a member of the music staff of the Australian Opera Studio from 2003 to 2006, where he was music director for productions of Julius Caesar, Don Quichotte, Carmen, Così fan Tutte, Rodelinda, Manon, Bastien and Bastienna and Trouble in Tahiti, as well as Elijah and three cabarets.

Before emigrating to Perth in 2003 he was resident in London. He has broadcast recitals for ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and UK Classic FM. The Australian Opera Studio’s 2005 cabaret, of which David was music director, won an award for the best live broadcast in the ABC’s Sunday Live series. As a repetiteur David worked for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, also spending nine seasons with Garsington Opera. He has also worked on several productions for West Australian Opera, including Richard Mills’ award-winning The Love of the Nightingale, described in the press as “the operatic event of the year.”

For WAAPA David has conducted Candide and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (“David Wickham did wonders from the podium”). He is much in demand as an accompanist, and has partnered Sara Macliver in several recitals. The West Australian, reviewing a performance of Grieg songs with Macliver, described David as “a musician whose fingers knew no fears, and who could shape even the subtlest nuances of the vocal line.” In recital with Aivale Cole at Government House in Perth, “Wickham’s pianism was exceptional throughout; his solo in Come Rain or Come Shine one of the highlights.” Visit: http://web.me.com/david.wickham for more details.
 

 
 

ROBERT HOFMANN

Baritone


Robert has a Diploma of Opera from Sydney Conservatorium and Bachelor of Music Education from University of Western Australia.

For the West Australian Opera his roles include Larkens/Billy in The Girl of the Golden West, Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Police Officer in The Barber of Seville, John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld, High Priest of Baal in Nabucco, The Bonze and Imperial Commissioner in Madam Butterfly, Old Hebrew in Samson and Delilah, Judge/Tzar Ivan in Candide, Dottore Grenville and Commissionario in La Traviata, 2nd Armed Man in The Magic Flute. 2010 will include Hobson in Peter Grimes and Koko in The Mikado.

For other companies roles include Apprentice in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg for Opera Australia, Bobby in Mahagonny Songspiel (UWA), Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Chaplain in Dialogue of the Carmelites and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Sydney Conservatorium,) Tamino in The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera, Sydney), J. Strauss II in The Great Waltz (Rockdale Opera, Sydney)

Robert’s appearances as a concert soloist include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs and Messiah for St Georges Cathedral; Carmina Burana for UWA Music and Collegium Symphonic Chorus; Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Rossini’s Messe Solennelle for Sydney Conservatorium; Berlioz’s The Childhood of Christ, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation, Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio for UWA Choral Society. Robert is a versatile singer who also sings musical theatre numbers and enjoys crossing over to the great popular standards of the 20th Century.

 

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