Janet Todd


Management: Australasia

Esther, Handel in the Theatre, The Playhouse, Canberra
“…In the title role, Janet Todd was a very effective and admirable Esther.  Her nimble, florid runs approached excellence throughout.  She is a star to watch, and it would be good to hear her in other repertoire too.”
Vincent Plush, Limelight Magazine, October 2017

Iole, Hercules, Canberra Choral Society
“Todd’s poignant top notes floated effortlessly across the Playhouse during her Act 1 tribute to her slain father: My father! Ah! Methinks I See”.
Judith Crispin, CityNews,  June 2015

Pamina, The Magic Flute, Victorian Opera
"The Victorian Opera has uncovered a gem in young Melbourne Soprano Janet Todd (a pure-toned Pamina)"
The Sunday Age, 27/3/11

“The standout performance of the production is Janet Todd’s Pamina. This was one of those times in the theatre when a jaded middle aged audience gets a jolt of electricity as it is struck by a great new talent for the first time. ”
The Herald Sun 19/3/11

“After Mozart, credit goes to... plus onstage heroine Janet Todd. The Melbourne soprano is a singer of immense promise and made an enchanting Pamina”
The Age 18/3/11 

“The finest voices were those of Janet Todd’s beautiful Pamina...”
The Australian

Melbourne Soprano Janet Todd completed her Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University in 2009. While studying, Janet performed numerous roles in concert, including Galatea (Acis and Galatea), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) and Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). She also sang regularly as a soloist with the VCA Orchestra in Bach Cantatas at St. John’s Church and won the Margaret Sutherland Bursary Fund Award in her final year. 

In 2010 Janet won the Opera Foundation Australia AIMS Award as well as the AIMS Sundell Study award, subsequently attending the American Institute of Musical Studies Summer School in Graz, Austria. She has also been the recipient of a Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust Scholarship and in 2015 Janet was awarded the Dame Heather Begg Award, which enabled her to complete a Master of Music at the Manhattan School of Music, New York where she recently featured in Mozart’s C Minor mass

She returned to Pinchgut in 2016 to sing the role of Zelmira in Haydn’s Arminda and this year to sing the title role in Handel in the Theatre's production of Esther.

Other engagements have included the roles of both Donna Elvira and Zerlina in Don Giovanni for Opera Australia’s OzOpera tour; Pamina in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia’s Opera on the Beach, Coolangatta; soprano soloist in The Australian Ballet’s double bill Elegy choreographed by Stephen Baynes as well as their Vanguard tripe bill program; Marsinah in Kismet with The Production Company in Melbourne and for Pinchgut Opera, Nanette in Salieri’s The Chimney Sweep. 

Janet made her debut with Victorian Opera as Pamina in The Magic Flute, going on to perform Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier excerpts for the Richard Gill Gala Concert, The Prince in the Cinderella pantomime (Gill), Liesgen in Bach’s Coffee Cantata in the Baroque Triple Bill (for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award) as well as understudying the soprano roles in both Monteverdi’s The Fight between Tancredi and Clorinda and Bach’s The Fight between Phoebus and Pan for the company. She also performed in several Victorian Youth Opera productions including Gossip in Noye’s Fludde, Gerda in The Snow Queen and Lauretta in their workshop program of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.  Other performances have included Love and the Art of War with Ensemble E21 and with Ludovico’s Band, as part of the Utzon Music Series in 2009, and Cindy in Contact ! by Melbourne composer Angus Grant in the Carnegie 18 series. 

Janet’s many concert performances include appearances with More Than Opera, the Melbourne University Choral Society, the Astra Choir, Messiah and Hercules with the Canberra Choral Society, The National Boys Choir’s Christmas Concert, and St. John Passion with the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne.

Janet Todd is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
   November 2017
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