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Adele Johnston

Mrs Pearce - Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane


Adele is a versatile artist having performed in musicals, plays, cabaret, lieder and concert recitals, opera and operetta. Adele completed a three year acting course at the Ensemble Studios under the guidance of Hayes Gordon OBE. Since 1981 Adele has performed in Elvis the Musical, Brel In Cabaret, La Cage aux Folles, Nimue in Camelot, Soubrette in Sugar Babies, Me & My Girl, My Fair Lady, Pyjama Tops with John Inman, Move Over Mrs Markham, Andy in Stepping Out, The Wizard of Oz, A Little Night Music with STC, and Scaling the High C’s at the Tilbury Hotel.

Adele recommenced operatic voice training and was Runner Up in the Melbourne Herald Sun Aria and Finalist of the McDonalds Aria in 1991. Studying and performing in London and Europe, Adele performed Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus,  Abbaye du Royaumont, France, in concert at Australia House with David Harper.

On return to Australia, Adele performed in Into the Woods, My Fair Lady, A Little Night Music (MTC), Follies In Concert (SOH), Sunday In the Park With George, Gershwin, Cole Porter and Friends  (Taronga Zoo and Melbourne Botanical Gardens), and the Secretary in Menotti‘s The Consul  for the inaugural Brisbane Festival.

Adele was the Winner of the Illawarra Aria, The National Lieder Society, and in 1997 was awarded the Mietta’s Song Recital Award.

In 2000 Adele was engaged as the vocal soloist for Ku-ring-gai Virtuosi, performing and broadcasting recitals for 2MBSFM and ABC Classic FM as well as performing at Australia House, London with Deborah de Graaff and Anthony Legge. Repertoire encompassied Mozart, Bonnoncini, Borodin, Shostakovich, De Falla, Berg, Berlioz, Berg, Korngold and Australian Composers. John Carmichael arranged The Sun Worship for Adele and Deborah, which was broadcast in a live recital with Three of Hearts for ABC Classic FM.

Adele has broadcast numerous recitals for ABC Classic FM, including The Treasury of Song  Series with Andrew Greene, and other recitals with Fiona McCabe and David Harper.

Adele has performed in recital for the Sydney Festival - Twilight Concerts and Eugene and Roie, International Barossa Music Festival, for the Mozart Society, Lieder Society, Wagner Society and numerous Federated Music Clubs.

Adele’s recordings include Wagner and Korngold Lieder with Andrew Greene for Move Records and the Australian Cast Recording of La Cage aux Folles.

Since 2001 Adele has performed in over forty productions for Opera Australia including performing the roles of Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, Marianne Leitmetzer in Der Rosenkavalier, Public Opinion Orpheus In the Underworld, Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, and the G & S roles of Cousin Hebe and Inez. Adele has also covered roles such as Miss Jessel Turn of the Screw, Belinda in Dido & Aeneas, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, Duchess of Plaza Toro in The Gondoliers and Mother Goose in The Rakes Progress.

Adele makes her debut with Opera Queensland as Berta in The Barber of Seville in May 2008.


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