Sarah Jones

EVA Exotic Dancer (Soprano)

Born in Tasmania, Sarah moved to Sydney in 2005 and completed a Master of Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium. Sarah performed for Opera Australia’s NSW Schools Company in Sid the Serpent (2011), Cinderella (2009), The Barber of Seville (2008) and The Magic Flute (2007). Other engagements include Soprano II in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Willoughby Symphony, 2011), Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata (Opera Australia, 2012) and Opera Australia’s Opera Gala (2010). In Australia Sarah appeared regularly with ensembles such as Cantillation, Pinchgut Opera and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and she has recorded for ABC Classic FM.

In 2010, Sarah created the role of Spirit in FOX, a new opera for children (Monkey Baa Theatre), and premiered the one-woman chamber opera KIMISIS for IHOS Opera/MONA FOMA. In 2011 she performed the lead role of Rose Pickles in excerpts from George Palmer’s new opera Cloudstreet, and also appeared as Papagena in The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera and Canberra Symphony Orchestra).

In 2012 Sarah commenced work at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, as the winner of the 2012 German Australian Opera Grant. She debuted seven roles in her first season, ranging from Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe to Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia. She was retained as a full ensemble member for the 2013-14 season, singing roles such as Christel in Der Vogelhändler and Satirino in Cavalli’s La Calisto. She is currently working as a freelance singer, singing Pamina/Papagena, Gretel, Fatime (Weber’s Abu Hassan) and Bastienne for Junge Oper! in schools across Germany. In December 2014 she revived her interpretation of Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. In April 2015 she sang Lesbina in a concert performance of Galuppi’s Il filosofo di campagna and in May 2015 she appeared with Ensemble Mattiacis as Amor in da Gagliano’s La Dafne as part of the International Maifestspiele in Wiesbaden. In January 2016 she played Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice for Pocket Opera Wiesbaden, a role which she had already sung as a jump-in at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. Further appearances in 2016 will include Amor in Orfeo and the soprano soloist in Händel’s Alexander’s Feast.

Anke Höppner

Remember EVA (Soprano)

Anke Höppner was born Germany and studied with Professor Renate Faltin at the Hanns-Eisler Conservatorium in Berlin. She won the first prize in the Hanns-Eisler Liederwettbewerb (the award for the best vocal graduate in the German Democratic Republic) and, in 1993, the Bayreuth Stipendium. In 2001, she won the Helpmann Award for best female operatic performance.

An early association with Komische Oper, Berlin led to principal roles in Les Brigandes, Die Zauberflöte, Orfeo ed Euridice, Cenerentola and Der Freischütz.  Anke then began to take larger roles in many German theatres – the title role in Jenufa, Abigaile in Nabucco, Lisa in Pique Dame, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, Charlotte in Werther, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and Jane Seymour in Anna Bolena for the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landestheater; Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw for both Neue Opernbühne Berlin and the Otono Festival in Madrid – she also appeared as Brautjungfer in Der Freischütz for the Staatsoper in Berlin.

Upon moving to Australia in the 1990s, Anke was quickly offered engagements by Opera Australia. For the national company, she has sung the title roles in Iphigénie en Tauride, Jenufa, Madama Butterfly and The Gypsy Princess, Mimi in La bohème, Lucretia Janz in Batavia, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, The Foreign Princess in Rusalka and Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Secret.

For State Opera South Australia, Anke performed the title role in Madama Butterfly and Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana. She sang Lucretia Janz for the Perth International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Arts Festival and the role of Procne in The Love of the Nightingale for Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland.

Concert engagements have included Liederabende with songs of Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Dvorak in the London Opera Festival, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Melbourne International Music Festival and Barossa Music Festival; Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester, Mozart’s Requiem with the Berliner Philharmonie, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonieorchester and the Schleswig-Holsteinisches Sinfonieorchester, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck with the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. In recent seasons, Anke Höppner has sung the title roles in Turandot for Opera Australia and Tosca for West Australian Opera; Minnie in La fanciulla del West for West Australian Opera and Opera Australia, Leonore in Fidelio for Opera Queensland and Opera Australia, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel for State Opera of South Australia; she also repeated her portrayal as Procne in Sydney and appeared as Gerhilde and 3rd Norn in Opera Australia’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in Melbourne.  In 2014, Anke returned to Perth as Tosca.

Don Bemrose

TARKA (Baritone)

Don Bemrose is of Gungarri descent and has worked hard to become Australia’s foremost male Aboriginal Classical opera singer. In professional productions, Don has sung four lead’s of which three were World Premiere’s of new Australia opera works. Pecan Summer for Short Black Opera Company 2010 in which Don was a “standout”. From a Black Sky for The Street Theatre 2013 Don “was compelling” Cloudstreet for State Opera of South Australia 2016.

After achieving his childhood dream in 2012 performing for Opera Australia in two productions, 2013 saw Don move to our national capital to commence life with his wonderful partner. Don’s success can be attributed to an amazing extended family who have educated him culturally, spiritually, and emotional, creating a ferocious curiosity to explore this amazing planet and connect with all there is. Don’s beautiful grandmother Nana Ruth Hegarty and Gungarri Tenor, Harold Blair inspired in Don a passion for singing and classical music.

Don graduated with a Bachelor of Music Performance in 2011 from the Victorian College of Arts, University of Melbourne. He continues to evolve his pure vocal delivery honing his craft and training his lyric baritone voice with the incredible Raymond Connell.

Don recognises it is his path to take a passion for classical music and the operatic voice and infuse it with his strong cultural heritage and positive thinking to educate, inspire and entertain.

Aria Johanna Pezzimenti

Girl EVA

Aria Johanna Pezzimenti is from Sydney, Australia. Aria attends St Scholastica’s College. She had previously studied at Los Carmonas Flamenco Dance School for ten years. Aria has sung locally in two live performances including jazz cabaret and and 60s themed show. This is Aria’s first film and is extremely excited to have the opportunity to work along side such accomplished and talented people.