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Ghillian Sullivan

Singing Teacher - Opera Coach - Opera/Stagecraft Workshops

Apply now for the

Sydney Opera School 2015

January 12th - 16th

Staging of ensembles from Opera.

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Ghillian Sullivan Opera Summer School

Presented by Festival Opera

Sydney 12—16 January 2015

          In this, the 10th year of my Summer Schools, we will be specialising in ensembles from Cosi Fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart in English for ease of comprehension. Other ensembles will come from composers such as Puccini, Verdi, operetta and Gilbert and Sullivan depending upon the voice-types enrolled. Conductor Dr Ian Cook will be at all sessions, and our 2 pianist-coaches and Guest Director Wendy James (Wesley College Sydney) will keep both rehearsal rooms working at all times. Our Workshops are intensive but supportive and fun. Your music will be sent you by email immediately after the cut-off date for payments and is to be known by heart on the first day ready for music rehearsal.

Please Note: No music will be sent until you are fully enrolled.

You will grow in confidence, stage skill and your own powers of interpretation. You will also expand your network of friends and colleagues. We welcome family and friends to the final concert on Friday night. The venue is at Drummoyne Presbyterian Church Cr of College St and Lyons Rd Drummoyne. It is close to shops, cafes, bus services and free street parking. Sessions will be approximately 10-1 and 2-5. No evenings except Friday Night Concert 7 pm.


Ghillian Sullivan. Principal Director International Principal Soprano, Star of Opera Australia Opera Director and Voice Teacher

Wendy James. Direction and Choreography Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dip. Ed. Lecturer in Theatre Production Dance & Drama, Wesley Institute Sydney

Dr Ian Cook. Conductor Music Director-Festival Opera

Brad Gilchrist. Coach/Repetiteur Pacific Opera , Harbour City Opera 

Josephine Flores Tam. Repetiteur: Pacific Opera, Festival Opera

Payment Options:

Option 1: Early Bird: $750 (by 26th November)

Option 2: Full Fee: $795 (by 1st December)  

Payment Method: (please include your name)

Direct Debit: Newcastle Festival Opera

BSB 650 000 Account 981 823 708  

Cheques payable to Newcastle Festival Opera

PO Box 90The Junction, NSW 2291

Festival Opera ABN: 337 4703 4802

P: 0412 681 568

E: [email protected]  

Ghillian Sullivan's

Winter Opera School


July, 2013

On July 1st in Drummoyne Sydney, singers began working with Ghillian Sullivan and co-coach/pianist Norma Marschke on repertoire including Rigoletto, Street Scene, The Magic Flute, Iolanthe etc.

Singers worked on their repertoire, choreography and costumes for 5 days and on the night of the final day, performed all they had learned to an audience of friends and family.

Much fun was had, a lot learned and new friendships formed.

Thank you to all those singers who participated - it was a real pleasure!

Ghillian Sullivan's

Opera Summer School


January 14th - 19th, 2013

Repertoire for this Opera Summer School was

Die Fledermaus Act II in English

The most recent Brisbane Opera Summer School was a great success with singers working on the second act of Die Fledermaus. Many thanks to all the singers involved - you all worked very hard and did a fantastic job!