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Penelope Mills


Management: Australasian

A Sea Symphony – Sydney Philharmonia 
“...Penelope Mills sang with a rich tone and a nice sense of the vocal line and managed a radiant entry from out the choral swell on Token of all brave captains”.
Limelight Magazine September 2016

The Tempest - Thomas Adès with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
“While the four extracts contained appealing lyrical stretches, particularly in a touching and dramatically satisfying duet for Toby Spence and Penelope Mills.”
The Age, April 2013 

Trois poèmes de Stephane Mallarme – Australia Ensemble
“To start, Penelope Mills gave a beautifully poised and refined reading of Ravel's songs Trois poèmes de Stephane Mallarme. This was notable for her warmth of tone and clarity of diction and direction, and was well calculated to capture Ravel's delicate balance between the seductive and the elusive.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2012 

Idomeneo - Pinchgut Opera
“Elettra, sung by Penelope Mills, looked like she had walked in from another world, or perhaps just from another opera.  Her cloak and Medusa-meets-Marilyn hair set her apart visually, and her heroic arias set her apart musically as her voice bloomed with dazzling colour and expression.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, December 2006                                                                                                   

Soprano Penelope Mills holds a Master of Music in Operatic Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), a BMusEd (Hons) from the Sydney Conservatorium and has an AMusA and LTCL in Vocal Performance.  She has performed across Australasia, the UK and the USA. 

Penelope performs extensively in both opera and on the concert platform with internationally renowned conductors and orchestras including the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Chamber Choir, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Sydney Concert Orchestra, Sydney Soloists and the Australia Ensemble. 

This year she will be heard in Messiah with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and in the Sydney Town Hall in St Matthew Passion. She will also continue her association with the Sydney Opera House in the Taste of Opera series.

In 2018 Penelope continued her regular performances in A Taste of Opera at the Sydney Opera House with pianist/conductor Simon Kenway. Further engagements included Handel’s Saul with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Mahler Symphony No 4 with the Australian Youth Orchestra in Melbourne and Bendigo and as the soloist for BBC Planet Earth II with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Other recent highlights have included Mendelssohn Elijah, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony and Israel in Egypt, all with the Sydney Philharmonia, “Aria” from Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 with cellists of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew Passion with Newcastle University Choir, Messiah with St Andrew’s Cathedral, Creation with Sydney University Graduate Choir and Last Night of the Proms and Elijah with Willoughby Symphony Orchestra and Choir.  Penelope also gave the world premiere performance of Carl Vine’s critically acclaimed, “Wonders” at the Sydney Opera House with Sydney Philharmonia and Brett Weymark.

Penelope’s vast repertoire ranges from Bach Christmas Oratorio and B minor Mass, Handel Messiah, Mozart Requiem, to Mahler Symphonies 2 and 4 (MSO), Orff Carmina Burana, Poulenc Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Midsummer Night’s Dream (SSO, Ashkenazy) and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 (Oleg Caetani and the MSO). Penelope’s operatic roles include Elettra (Idomeneo)Euridice (L’Orfeo) and Venus (Dardanus) for Pinchgut Opera; Fiordiligi, Gretel and First Lady for Pacific Opera; Tatyana (Onegin), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Nedda (I Pagliacci) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) in the UK. 

With an interest in new music, Penelope has given several world and Australian premiere performances by composers such as Kaija Saariaho, John Peterson, Ib Norholm and Gordon Kerry. She has also sung Miranda in The Tempest by Thomas Adès with the MSO, conducted by the composer. 

Penelope is a seasoned recitalist, and most recently gave a solo lieder recital for the Sydney Mozart Society, collaborating with renowned artists Sharolyn Kimmorley (piano), Francesco Celata (clarinet) and Catherine Hewgill (cello). 

A regular guest artist in New Zealand, Penelope has sung Orff Carmina Burana and Scarlatti Christmas Cantata (with Roy Goodman) as well as headlining the Summer Gala and Last Night of the Proms, all for the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.  Penelope has also twice been the guest soloist for The Last night of the Proms with the Sydney Symphony. 

Penelope can be heard in many live broadcasts for ABC Classic FM and her live recordings for ABC Classics include Idomeneo (Mozart), Dardanus (Rameau) and L'Orfeo (Monteverdi) with Pinchgut Opera.


Penelope Mills is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
March 2019
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