Dip. Creative Arts. Music Performance.
Tori Brownlee began her musical education when in primary school, studying the piano. With a keen ear for music and a strong musical memory, Tori then begun to stretch her musical awareness by pursuing other instruments and different genres of music. Tori first gained interest in singing when in year 10, she performed at her high schools talent night, singing I dreamed a dream , from the internationally renowned musical, Les Miserables. From there she was selected to perform at the Schools Spectacular, and participate in the Talent Development Project.
Once completing high school, Tori then went on to complete a Diploma of Creative Arts majoring in Music Performance at Wesley Institute, under the coaching of Ronald Stevens, who was a principal artist with Opera Australia. It was during her time at Wesley Institute that Tori discovered a love of classical singing, in particular Opera.
In 2006, Tori was one of 20 young aspiring classical singers to be selected for ABC TV’s Operatunity OZ, where she received invaluable guidance and coaching from conductors, vocal coaches and musical directors as to how to hone and develop her operatic voice. It was there that she captured the attention of The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Opera Australia.
After auditioning for The Conservatorium and receiving a scholarship for being the first choice to enter the Opera program, Tori began learning all that was needed to perform opera and other styles of singing, unamplified, and with various different forms of accompaniment ranging from a solo piano, to a full symphony orchestra. She continued to receive prizes and scholarships for her singing ability such as the Joan Carden OA Award with the Sydney University Choir.
In 2007, Tori became one of the top five classical singers in the country under 25 as a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition Mathy Awards, and one of the top 10 classical singers under 30 in Australia/ New Zealand for the McDonalds Operatic Aria Competition.
In 2008, Tori had her first engagement with the national opera company, Opera Australia, performing with the Chorus in Mozart’s The Abduction of the Seraglio. She then performed for the first time internationally in Vietnam, for the Korean Associations series of selections from Handel’s Messiah.
Tori has worked with some of Australia’s most prestigious and respected musicians, singers and orchestras such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Australia and Australian Ballet Orchestra, Sharolyn Kimmorely AM, David Miller AM, Geoffrey Lancaster, Richard Bonynge AC, Jane Edwards, and Wendy Dixon to name a few.
Professional solo engagements include:
Haydn’s Creation, Romeo et Juliette, Saint Saëns Christmas Oratorio, Messiah, Gallantry- A soap Opera, Mozart’s Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.
Opera Australia productions include:
The Abduction of the Seraglio, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Madam Butterfly, DieZauberflöte, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Manon Lescaut, Fidelio and Aida.
These details were last updated on April 6, 2015