Featured Collaborator: Judith Dodsworth
Versatile and unconventional soprano Judith Dodsworth is an accomplished performer of opera, oratorio, chamber music and art song. A graduate of Canberra School of Music and the University of Melbourne, she furthered her studies in London and Vienna where she worked extensively with such groups as the Arnold Schönberg Chor and Concentus Vocalis Wien.
Her numerous and varied operatic roles include Sophie in the premiere of From A Black Sky for the Canberra Centenary Festival, Greta in Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis for Victorian Opera, the title role and Mercedes in Carmen for OzOpera, the lead soprano in Opiume for the Singapore and Hong Kong Arts Festivals, Eugenia in The Country Philosopher, the title role in Rameau’s Pygmalion for Stopera and Mrs P in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat. At less than twenty-four hours notice she sang the role of Clara in the premiere of Gordon Kerry’s Midnight Son for Victorian Opera. Her recent performance in Peter Maxwell Davies’ seminal one-woman opera Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot with Syzygy Ensemble was described by Limelight magazine as “positively mesmerising”.
In demand as an exponent of new music, Judith has performed, recorded and premièred numerous vocal, operatic and chamber works throughout Australia by composers including Kevin March, Nicholas Vines, Anne Carr-Boyd, Amadis Lacheta, Mary Finsterer, Johanna Selleck, Stuart Greenbaum, Nirmali Fenn, Larry Sitsky, Peter Sculthorpe, Andrew Ford, Matthias Pintscher and John Taverner. Her performance of the Australian premiere of György Kurtàg’s monumental Messages of the Late Miss R V Troussova with the Australian National Academy of Music in 2010 cemented her reputation as a formidable interpreter of contemporary scores.