Jermaine Chau, mezzo soprano a recent graduate of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera Summer School in Brisbane, studied opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she took on the role as a sassy aunt Fidalma in Cimarosa’s comic opera Il Segreto Matrimonio. In 2014, she has taken the lead role in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief and has performed as Cecilia in Mark Adamo’s Little Women.
Jermaine attended MLC School and under the guidance of music director Karen Carey. It was here that Jermaine got her first taste of opera in the lead role in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Part of the Young Artist Program at Pacific Opera from 2009-2012, she performed in Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel chorus, as a spirit in Mozart’s Magic Flute. With soprano Taryn Srhoj, their duo Blush Opera won the Tasmanian Cabaret Festival in July 2014; taking their show to Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015 and this year they will be returning to Hobart with a new composition by Paul Smith, ‘Fancy Me Dead’ an operatic cabaret; followed by performances for the New Music Network Mini Series in The Hayes Theatre, Sydney in October.
In 2015, Jermaine has recently performed the title role in Bizet’s Carmen for Opera New England and Symphony Central Coast, and was a part of Gluck’s Orfeo et Euridice for the Spectrum Now Festival in March. She is excited to be performing the cheeky role of Cherubino in Rockdale Opera’s Marriage of Figaro in November.