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Julia DePlater

Conductor - Melbourne

Born in Australia, Julia de Plater is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. From 1979–85, she was a repetiteur with Opera Australia during which time she was awarded scholarships by Opera Foundation of Australia and the Joan Sutherland Society. Julia has conducted many operas for Opera Australia including: Barnes’ Antigone, Maher’s Lake Lost, Patience, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweeney Todd and Iolanthe. For OzOpera, she has conducted Rigoletto and Love in the Age of Therapy.

Julia de Plater has had vast experience conducting in many musical genres. She has conducted the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra – Sydney Opera House Fifteenth Anniversary Pageant, Man of La Mancha (Melbourne & Brisbane), Nunsense (Brisbane & National Tour), 42nd Street (Melbourne, Adelaide & Auckland), Orchestra Victoria for the Composing Women’s Festival (Melbourne), Qld Philharmonic Orchestra’s Spirit of Christmas concerts (Brisbane), The Fabulous Rhythm Boys (Gold Coast Jazz Festival), Sondheim in Concert (Hunter Orchestra, Newcastle), Love! Valour! Compassion! (Sydney), Judi Connelli at the Tilbury Hotel and Ken Hill’s Phantom of the Opera (Japan tour).

Julia was Musical Director for Dennis Olsen’s national tour of A Song to Sing-0, for Nancy Hayes at the School of Arts Café (Canberra), Maria Mercedes & Jackie Rees (Bondi Pavillion) and The Phantom of the Opera (Sydney, Brisbane & Adelaide). She was also Assistant Musical Director for Chess – the Musical (Sydney) and Music Director for A Little Night Music (Sydney Theatre Co.).

2003 engagements included conducting Sweeney Todd for Opera Queensland, Orpheus in the Underworld for Opera Australia and the OzOpera tour of La Bohème. She was nominated for Best Musical Direction in the 2003 Helpmann Awards and won the Green Room Award for Best Conductor (Opera) for Love in the Age of Therapy and Sweeney Todd.

In 2004, Julia conducted The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia, Leadings Ladies for the Brisbane Festival and acted as Musical Director both for a national tour of The Three Divas and for Opera Queensland’s Schools’ Company. In 2005, she conducted Trial by Jury/H.M.S. Pinafore for Opera Australia and led performances of Carmen for OzOpera in 2006.

In 2007, Julia conducted Sweeney Todd and The Pirates of Penzance for OA and Carmen for OzOpera. In 2008, she will conduct Opera Australia’s national tour of My Fair Lady in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.


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