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Judi Connelli

Mrs Pearce (Melbourne)

Judi Connelli’s 40 year career spans opera, operetta, theatre, musicals, television, cabaret and recording.

Judi’s performances in 2007 included the roles of Mrs. Lovett in Opera Australia’s production of Sweeney Todd and The Duchess of Plaza-Toro in Opera Australia’s The Gondoliers. She also toured nationally with Suzanne Johnston in the acclaimed cabaret show Take Two.

Other roles that Judi has performed for Opera Australia include Mother Goose (The Rake’s Progress), Golda (Fiddler On The Roof), Zozo (The Merry Widow) and Katisha (The Mikado).  Her musical theatre repertoire includes The Witch (Into The Woods), Mrs. Peacham (The Threepenny Opera), Matron Mama Morton (Chicago) (all for the Sydney Theatre Company), THE PACK OF WOMEN (for stage and screen), JERRY’S GIRLS (Australian tour), Fraulein Schneider (Cabaret), for The Production Company, the role of Mama Rose (Gypsy) and Norma Desmond (Sunset Boulevard). 

Judi has appeared with both the Melbourne and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. As one of The Three Divas, she’s also performed with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. In 2005 she performed in concert with Australia’s Leading Ladies throughout Australia and in 2006, Perth Festival invited Judi to perform the role of ‘The Old Lady’ in a concert version of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide

Concentrating on her cabaret shows has brought much success in major Australian cities and internationally.  Following a triumphant appearance at the New York Cabaret Convention in 1995, Judi returned in 1997 to sell-out concerts at the Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Club Eighty Eight and the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.  In 2001 she presented her one woman biographical show Back To Before in the New York Town Hall and has since toured Australian eastern capital cities with that show.  Back To Before was recorded on ABC Classics and was nominated for an ARIA Award the same year.

Judi’s contribution to the Performing Arts and various charities was recognised by an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2004. Other awards she has received include the Melbourne Theatre Critics Green Room Award (1983), Mo Awards (1992, 1994, 2002, 2003), a Helpmann Award (2003), New York’s Bistro Award (1998), and an ARIA Award for the CD Perfect Strangers  with Suzanne Johnston.

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