Music. Theatre. Social Justice.
Cooperative, noun: an enterprise or organisation owned by and operated for the benefit of those using its services.
Hello & Welcome!
The Cooperative is a young Sydney-based arts company, founded to stage productions of new, rare, and canonic works, which are impactful, relevant, and necessitate social change.
Read more about us in our Mission Statement
Who are The Cooperative?
Founder | Artistic Director | Soprano
Director - The Consul
A young Menila wanted to become Prime Minister and overhaul Australia’s government; then she realised art could also change the world.
Originally from Adelaide, Menila completed a Bachelor of Music Studies with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on full scholarship.
At the Conservatorium, Menila’s performance highlights included Bernstein’s MASS at the Sydney Opera House, Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under the baton of Richard Bonynge, several regional outreach tours, and four years with the Conservatorium Chamber Choir under the directorship of Dr Neil McEwan. Whilst a student, she also performed in the ensemble of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the NSW Art Gallery for the inaugural Spectrum Now Festival, attended the Bel Canto voice program in Munich as a grant recipient, and held a choral scholarship at St Stephens Uniting Church.
In 2018, Menila made her professional operatic debut touring China with the Australian International Opera Company in the ensemble of Verdi’s Aida, and in 2019, she will perform Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata with Opera Lirica, as well as appearing with them in concert, reprise Aida with Woolmington Productions, and join Opera van Diemensland in the ensemble of Madama Butterfly.
Conductor | Répétiteur | Pianist
Music Director - The Consul
Edwin has two degrees from the University of Sydney, with Honours in both Musicology and Pure Mathematics. His studies, for which he was awarded the University Medal, also included oboe and conducting. He has participated in Symphony Services’ conducting programme, learning from Christopher Seaman and the Auckland Philharmonic and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and participated in masterclasses with Sasha Mäkilä in Pärnu, Estonia and Mark Shiell in Newcastle.
Keenly interested in the ways music contributes to theatre, Edwin has taken lessons in opera literature and conducting from Richard Gill AO. In 2018, he was a vocal collaborative fellow at the Miami Music Festival, where he was Assistant Conductor on Dido and Aeneas, Handel’s Teseo and The Medium by Menotti. For Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney, Edwin has been Assistant Musical Director since 2016. Elsewhere in Sydney, he has music directed The Yeomen of the Guard and conducted Camelot and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Edwin’s first experiences with conducting were with the Bendigo Youth Choir, of which he was a long-time member and sometimes accompanist. He founded and conducted a choir for 5 years while at university, and remains convinced of the importance of community music-making, continuing to participate as conductor, accompanist, vocal coach and continuo player.
Soprano | Magda Sorel - The Consul
Celebrated for her compelling dramatic interpretations and moving vocal performances, Rebecca Moret is a Sydney-based soprano who has performed with Victorian Opera, Opera Projects Sydney, Blush Opera, Pacific Opera, and Opera Australia. This year in addition to making her role debut as Magda Sorel, she will sing die Vertraute and study Chrysothemis in Strauss’ Elektra at the Dramatic Voices Program in Berlin.
Her performed roles include the title role in Suor Angelica, Giorgetta (Il Tabarro), Marcellina in Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Elisabetta in Cimarosa's Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Amor and Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo. She has sung with Opera Australia as a member of the Schools Touring Company in The Barber of Seville and in the chorus. A frequent performer of new works, she has created roles in premiere productions of Paul Smith's How to Build a Billy, Ursula Caporali's An Italian in Ethiopia, and Anne Boyd’s Daisy Bates at Ooldea, as well as the Australian premiere of Paul Smith’s The Spidermaiden and the Runaway Plum Blossom.
She has been a recipient of both the Deborah Riedel Award and the Dante Alighieri prize as a finalist in the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto Award, and received the University of Melbourne's Dame Nellie Melba Prize. An alumna of the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, she has performed Mozart’s Donna Anna and Elettra with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Melbourne before moving to Sydney to study for her Advanced Diploma of Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium.
Soprano | John Sorel - The Consul
Laura Wachsmann will be entering her third year at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2020, where she is completing a BMus Performance (Classical Voice) under the tutelage of Narelle Yeo.
As a chorister since high school, Laura’s had performance opportunities with Sydney Chamber Choir as children’s chorus member for Orff’s Carmina Burana (2016) and Britten’s Saint Nicholas (2017) where she was featured as one of three ‘pickled boys’. As a member of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs she has also sung in the chorus of SSO programs such as Bach’s St Matthew Passion (2017), Verdi’s Requiem (2018), Brett Dean’s The Last Days of Socrates (2018) where she was featured as one of six off-stage soprano soloists, and most recently as chorus member for a semi-staged production of Britten’s Peter Grimes (2019).
Her stage experience started with high school musicals, where her first ever role was indeed a male-intended role, playing 'Mr Banks' in Mary Poppins (2017). In 2018, she was mersister 'Allana' in The Little Mermaid (RMS). In 2019 she appeared as 'Principal Burton' in Seven Little Australians (Opera Carnivale), as well as an ensemble member for the NSW amateur premiere of Ladies in Black and the Ravel opera L’enfant et les sortilèges (Sydney Conservatorium of Music). She understudied the role of 'Yum-Yum' in The Mikado (G&S Opera Sydney), was Second Woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (The Other Theatre Co.) and Coridon in Handel's Acis and Galatea (Ensemble Polyphème).
Mezzo-Soprano | John’s Mother - The Consul
Ellen Malone, mezzo soprano, holds her Bachelor of Music in performance from ANU, and her postgraduate Diploma in Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Ellen has performed in opera, oratorio, cabaret and recital, and at gala functions in many prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, Parliament House (ACT), Floriade, the National Gallery and St Mary's Cathedral (Sydney). She has sung with many orchestras including the SOM, NCO, and Melbourne Opera Orchestra.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, and has released her first CD, a duet album entitled 'For Two Equal Voices'.
Ellen's performing career began in earnest when she was selected as the primary alto soloist for St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney. Many performance invitations soon followed, along with the decision to pursue singing full time. During her undergraduate degree, she was supported with the Wesley vocal scholarship, and was invited to represent the ANU at numerous gala functions for the 'Friends of Opera', in addition to performing major works with the ANU and NCO orchestras including Mozart's 'Requiem', Mahler's second symphony, ‘ El Amor Brujo’ and Handel's 'Messiah'. In 2009, she was selected as a
finalist in the international Haydn competition. She has worked with several leading internationally recognised musical coaches and teachers, including Geoffrey Lancaster AM, Maree Ryan, Tessa Bremner and Knut Schoch. In 2010, she premiered the role of 'Scout', which was written especially for her, in the CAT award winning ' Grimm and the Blue Crown Owl'.
She has performed several major song cycles for the mezzo soprano, including the Brahms ' Zigeuner Lieder', for which she was awarded the Margaret Smiles Award for most outstanding vocalist, and was recently the soloist for a gala Beethoven concert with the NCO in Canberra. Ellen currently runs her corporate performance business ‘ Sopranos on Stage’ and appears regularly in oratorio and corporate functions across Sydney.
In addition to her singing accomplishments, Ellen is a public speaker, writer, and award winning make up artist.
Joanna Dionis Ross
Mezzo-Soprano | The Secretary - The Consul
Joanna Dionis Ross is quickly gaining recognition as a rising young dramatic mezzo-soprano.
Recent engagements include Baba the Turk cover (The Rake’s Progress) at the Princeton Festival, Zia Principessa (Suor Angelica) and Medoro (Orlando) at the Siena Music Festival, Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute, Maddalena (Rigoletto) with Bleecker Street Opera, Mrs. Nolan (The Medium) with Taconic Opera, and Mrs. Sedley (Peter Grimes) and Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) with One World Symphony. Recently, Joanna sang the role of Aunt Nicey in Stefan Weisman’s new opera The Scarlet Ibis, co-produced by American Opera Projects and the Opera America New Works Forum. She has also been a young artist at the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice, singing Ortrud in excerpts from Lohengrin with acclaimed Wagnerian baritone Alfred Walker.
Joanna has a strong interest in new music, and has appeared with the Brooklyn New Music Ensemble, Opera on Tap New Brew, and New Music Mannes, singing the works of such contemporary composers as Christopher Berg, Toshio Hosokawa, and Mike Rose. She is an American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award Finalist, and the recipient of a Wagner Society of New York grant.
Joanna earned a professional studies diploma in voice performance from Mannes College the New School for Music and a bachelor’s degree in English from Stanford University.
She will make her Australian operatic debut as the Secretary in Menotti's The Consul with Cooperative in February 2020.
Baritone | Police Agent - The Consul
A former recipient of the Opera Australia Student Scholarship and graduate of the Talent Development Project, Jeremy has starred in the lead roles for productions of The Pirates of Penzance and The King & I. He was also a featured artist in the Schools Spectacular and Southern Stars.
Jeremy has featured as a concert soloist for the Opera Australia Benevolent Fund, Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Early Music Ensemble), Argyle Orchestra (Hobart, Australia), Opera Projects Sydney, Opera South East and Fiori Musicali (Armidale, NSW). He has also featured in the ensembles of Don Giovanni and I Pagliacci for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Winner of both the Margaret Olive Stewart Bequest Scholarship and the PATIM Fund Scholarship, Jeremy studies with Maree Ryan AM. In the 2018 Sydney Eisteddfod, Jeremy was the Runner Up in the Intermediate Vocal Scholarship (Dame Joan Sutherland Memorial Award). Jeremy is currently reading for a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Masterclasses include that by Jessica Pratt.
Jeremy’s other work includes scoring for short films (Best Film, Martini Awards 2017) and stage productions of The Tempest, Blood Wedding and Ash Girl. His behind-the-scenes work includes working as Assistant Conductor to Maestro Aaron Kernaghan. He is a Certificate Member (Arranger & Copyist) of the Music Arrangers’ Guild of Australia (M.A.G.A.). Commissions include The Curious Story of the Bushy-Tailed Drop Bear (tone poem for orchestra) and a re-worked production of Dido and Aeneas (Purcell).
In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys attending the symphony, opera, chamber music recitals, jazz and straight theatre. Of a summer, Jeremy turns into a cricket tragic.
He also takes an overly keen interest in Australian politics and the work of cartoonist, Michael Leunig.
Tenor | Actor | Nika Magadoff - The Consul
Martin recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Music with a Bachelor specialising in Musical Theatre. He has since set out to develop his acting.
This past year Martin was privileged to perform Much Ado About Nothing (B’ard Work) in several pubs around Sydney. Martin loved this opportunity to work alongside the talented actors from various Pop-Up Globe tours. Martin’s other roles include Charlie Price in Kinky Boots (Free-Rain Theatre Company) under the direction of Derek Walker, and Steve Hart in Ned: A New Australian Musical (Plush Duck). Since then he’s been training in screen acting as well as stage.
The Consul is Martin’s first foray into Opera and he hopes to tackle the role of Nika Magadoff and give it an authentic and entertaining spin.
Soprano | Vera Boronel - The Consul
From Jindera New South Wales and residing in Sydney, Alexandra Nixon completed a Bachelor of Music Studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015.
During her studies, Alexandra performed with the Conservatorium on numerous occasions, highlights including Bernstein’s MASS at the Sydney Opera House for the Conservatorium Centenary celebrations, Haydn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under the baton of Richard Bonynge. She was a member of the Conservatorium Chamber Choir for five years, and with them performed a range of repertoire spanning from Nyman, Bach to Britten, via many world premières.
In 2017 Alexandra graduated from the Conservatorium with a Master of Music (Performance) under the tuition of Anke Höppner-Ryan.
In 2018 Alexandra travelled to Brandenburg to participate in the Lotte Lehmann Akademie and studied the role of Contessa from W.A Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under Karen Armstrong.
In 2019 Alexandra joined Rockdale Opera Company in their production of The Mikado as a chorus member and performed the role of Mirabella in their production of Johann Strauss II The Gypsy Baron. Alexandra is delighted to be performing the role of Vera Boronel in The Cooperative’s debut production.
Soprano | Anna Gomez - The Consul
Kirralee Hillier is a recent graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium Music where she completed her Bachelor Music Performance (Classical Voice) under Narelle Yeo. Her passion for performing has led her to perform with a number of internationally acclaimed artists such as Hans Zimmer and, most recently, Patti Lupone.
Other recent Opera credits include singing Cunagonde in Berstein’s Candide, Belinda in Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Jessie in Kurt Weil’s Mahagonny Songspiel. Kirralee has also had the honour of playing the roles of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Griddlebone in Cats, Carrie in Carrie: the Musical and Pauline Hansen in the award-winning Asutralian Musical The Colour Orange. Kirralee is so excited to be performing in The Consul.
Soprano | Anna Gomez - The Consul
Samanta graduated in November 2017 with a Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Performance) from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she was the recipient of the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship and the Helpmann Family Fellowship. She studied German extensively in university, adding to her native proficiency in French, Italian and English.
Samanta gained extensive operatic stage experience while completing her studies, performing the following principal roles between 2016-2018: Adele (J. Strauss, Die Fledermaus), Belinda (Purcell, Dido and Aeneas), Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Blondchen (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Calisto (Cavalli: La Calisto), Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Patience (Gilbert and Sullivan, Patience), Despina (Mozart: Cosi Fan Tutte), Lucy (Menotti: The Telephone), Mary Crawford (Jonathan Dove: Mansfield Park, Australian premiere), and Angelina (Gilbert and Sullivan, Trial by Jury). Samanta has been privileged to work with companies including Operantics, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Sydney, Rockdale Opera, The Macquarie Singers, Opera Hunter, Opera Bites, Phoenix Choir, and the Penrith Symphony Orchestra.
She has also gained much concert experience (Bach, St Matthew Passion, Handel Messiah, Handel, Alexander’s Feast), and has participated in a number of experimental projects such as The Millenial Opera Project (recording project), Long Walk Diva (BEAMS Arts Festival), and The Cleopatra Project ( The Independent Theatre).
Soprano | A Foreign Woman - The Consul
Emma is a soprano from Brisbane, Australia. In 2019 Emma was selected as a Young Artist for the Pacific Opera program, with concert credits including soloist in A Viennese Gala with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Dr Nicholas Milton AM. She made her Opera Queensland principal debut as Gretel in the 2019 schools touring Hansel and Gretel and covered the roles of Novizia and La Maestra Delle Novizie in Suor Angelica (Puccini) for Pacific Opera. Emma also appeared in the ensemble for Opera Queensland’s 2019 production of A Flowering Tree (Adams).
Across 2017 and 2018, Emma performed with Opera Queensland in Lindy Hume’s acclaimed production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore (Bridesmaid) and was an ensemble member in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Mozart’s Don Giovanni. She also performed as part of the ensemble of the 2019 Opera Queensland season launch and at The Brisbane Airport “Artist in Residence” program.
During her time as an undergraduate at the University of Queensland she performed varied roles in excerpts including: Juliette (Romeo et Juliette), Magda (La Rondine), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), First Lady (The Magic Flute). She was also awarded the Margaret Nickson prize in voice and accompaniment, and concert credits such as soloist in the Schumann Requiem for Mignon with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and University of Queensland Chorale, the Rutter Magnificat with The University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, and the Vivaldi Gloria with the Alexandra Chorale.
Early 2020 will see Emma make her Sydney debut as ‘A Foreign Woman’ (The Consul) for The Cooperative .
Baritone | Mr. Kofner - The Consul
Andrew is a graduate of the music theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music where he studied singing with the late Howard Milner.
Originally from Melbourne, Andrew has performed a wide variety of roles in the thriving amateur theatre scene there including: Assassins (Balladeer), Les Miserables (Enjolras), Company (Robert), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Milt), The Pajama Game (Sid), Carousel (Billy), Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), Chess (Anatoly).
He has performed in schools’ tours for Echelon Productions as part of Book Week and has sung in the chorus of several productions for Melbourne Opera, including Madam Butterfly, Der Freischutz and The Barber of Seville.
A recent convert to the wonders of Gilbert & Sullivan, Andrew most recently played Sir Despard in The Ghosts of Ruddigore and Pish Tush in The Mikado, both for Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Sydney. Andrew currently studies with Arax Mansourian.
Soprano | Assan - The Consul
Emma is an English Teacher who moonlights as a singer.
Since completing her AMusA in Singing, Emma has regularly appeared as a Soprano Soloist with St Peter's Choir and Artes Christi, singing such works as Faure's Requiem, Haydn's Missa Brevis, and Sebastien De Brossard's Stabat Mater.
She has dabbled in community theatre, including playing Kate in The Pirates of Penzance and Jimmy in The Iceman Cometh, and can occasionally even be found wearing black and playing Viola or Violin.
More often, though, you'll find her in her classroom trying to convince teenage boys that reading can be fun.
Tenor | Ensemble - The Consul
After careers in IT, natural medicine, journalism, and personal security Tony felt a need for a challenge so he retrained in the performing arts, supporting himself in the process by singing lefty social justice songs in cafes & restaurants. Today he is a director, actor, lighting designer as well as a singer. His range runs from stand up to Shakespeare and as a singer, G&S comic baritones, regular church soloist & cantor positions, soloist for an ABBA tribute group, supporting tenor roles in Verdi Opera, as chorus for a large number of groups, interspersed with the odd bass part here & there. Tony has been an advocate for social justice his entire life but craves variety.
Soprano | Ensemble - The Consul
Born in Yerevan, in 2007 Marianna has graduated from French University of Armenia holding her BA in Law and Political Science. Meanwhile, in 2004 was awarded entry to IREX student exchange program to do undergraduate studies in International Relations at Utica College, NY. In 2008, she obtained her MA degree in Advanced European and International Studies from Institut Européen des Hautes Etudes Internationales (IEHEI), Nice, France.
In 2009 she was entitled as Policy Officer to European and International Organizations.
In 2013 her Monograph Happiness vs GDP got published in Germany by Lambert Academic Publishing.
Apart from her formation in Political and Legal aspects since childhood she was involved with and has mastered few forms of Performing Arts such as singing, dancing and composing.
Having graduated with excellency Musical School after Sayat-Nova piano department in 1998 later on in 2006 she has won the First Prize at Naregatsi Young Composers Award in Piano Improvisation category.
For 12 years she sang at the internationally proclaimed best children choir Little Singers of Armenia lead by Conductor and Artistic Director Maestro Tigran Hekekyan where she has formed and developed refined and deep understanding and appreciation of spiritual, secular and contemporary music dating from 5th century till nowadays. The Choir has toured around the World performing at the most renowned concert halls, cathedrals and festivals.
Later on Marianna has started a solo career in singing while taking private classes at Yerevan State Conservatory at Sergey Danelyan’s class. Meanwhile she has attended trainings and masterclasses with singers like Vladimir Chernov, Raina Kabaevanska, Darina Takova, Arax Mansourian etc.
In 2009 she has been accepted to Regional Conservatory of Niceright away to the 3rd year of Voice Department.
Since childhood Marianna has been involved and trained in various dance companies which later on has led her to have a dream of becoming ballerina.
Her first victory was in 2008 when she has won a Grand – Prix at First Armenian Dance Olympiad in Adults Modern Solo Category with a piece danced and choreographed by her.
Later on after enormous vigor, efforts and unimaginable will power in 2009 she made her dream to come true and got accepted to the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre of Armenia as a Featuring Actress and Ballerina. She has worked there for 8 years and even had a number of solo roles in Ballet Romeo and Juliet, Opera Carmen, Opera Sayat – Nova.
In 2016 at the same Opera theater she has played Maria at the A. Piazzolla’s Operita Maria de Buenos Aires inviting featuring famous bandoneonist Maestro Carlos Buono.
From 2014 – 2017 she has worked as an instructor, actress and dancer at the Yerevan National Center of Aesthetics, Small Theater where in collaboration with British Council of Armenia she was sent to London to be trained at Candoco Inclusive Dance Company. After the training with her colleagues they have formed the first inclusive dance company in Armenia.
Currently Marianna is based in Sydney with her husband and daughter. She is an assistant of the instructor at Tamzara Armenian Folk Dance Group by AGBU as well as the vocal teacher of Sunday School Children Choir at the Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Resurrection in Chatswood.
She has performed at Concourse Chatswood, Avoca Beach Theater as well as at the Critical Path for Unity Space Air Project.
Tenor | Ensemble - The Consul
Paul studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, UNSW, and at the Universität der Künste Berlin, and was awarded several scholarships throughout his studies.
He has performed many roles, including 1st Gehärnischter - Die Zauberflöte (Pacific Opera),
Triquet - Eugene Onegin (UdK Berlin), Tamino - Die Zauberflöte (UdK Berlin), Pappacoda - Eine Nacht in Venedig (Kammeroper Schloβ Rheinsberg), MacHeath - The Beggar’s Opera (Opera Australia Education), The Mayor - The Happy Prince (Opera Australia Education), Hirsch – The Great Waltz
(Rockdale Opera) and Alwa - Auf Wiedersehen, Lulu (Rockdale Opera). Paul is also a frequent oratorio soloist, recitalist, and actor, and currently performs regularly with the Opera Australia chorus.
Paul is passionate about social justice and human rights (as well as music of course!), and is looking forward to joining The Cooperative for The Consul.
Soprano | Ensemble - The Consul
Tarryn has performed with Rockdale Opera Company since 2010 in Chorus, and has had a few minor roles within that time.
She also performed in Orfeo Ed Euridice in the NSW Art Gallery in collaboration with the Spectrum Festival in 2015.
Tarryn also performs with Sydney University Musical Society in their yearly choral performances
She looks forward to working with the Cast of The Cooperative in their first production of The Consul.
Mezzo Soprano | Ensemble - The Consul
Elizabeth has completed a B/Mus and Grad/Dip in Music, majoring in Classical Voice at The Australian Institute of Music. Elizabeth enjoys all facets of singing, including performing in the genres of Opera, Operetta, Musical Theatre, Oratorio, Recitals, Classical Contemporary Fusion and some facets of Contemporary Music.
Elizabeth is currently performing with Troupe Viva and is a regular soloist for The Christian Science Church (Dee Why). She sung as regular soloist for The Sydney Welsh Choir, in 2010 - taking part in their Tasmanian tour. She took part in Symphony of Australia as part of the Sydney Festival in January 2010 and toured Australia as part of The Ten Sopranos from July 2006 – July 2008.
Elizabeth has performed many roles, highlights which include: Mezzo Soloist in Christmas Oratorio under Dr Steve Watson for The Beethoven Society of Australia, Alto Soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria under Philip Chu for The Australian Institute of Music, Lichas in Hercules and Ino in Semele for Opera Events. Gilbert and Sullivan roles include: Iolanthe in Iolanthe, Tessa in The Gondoliers, Kate and Ruth in The Pirates of Penzance, Cousin Hebe in HMS Pinafore, and Lady Saphir in Patience.
Coming soon ...
Gian Carlo Menotti
February 28, 29 2020 at St Stephen's Uniting Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney
Magda Sorel - Rebecca Moret
John Sorel - Laura Wachsmann
John's Mother - Ellen Malone
The Consul's Secretary - Joanna Dionis Ross
A Police Agent - Jeremy Boulton
Nika Magadoff - Martin Everett
Vera Boronel - Alexandra Nixon
Anna Gomez - Kirralee Hillier (28th February)
Samanta Lestavel (29th February)
A Foreign Woman - Emma Nightingale
Mr. Kofner - Andrew Pennycuick
Assan - Emma Fearnley
About The Consul:
“To this we’ve come, that men withhold the world from men ... that man be born a stranger upon God’s earth, that he be chosen without a chance for choice, that he be hunted without a hope of refuge ...”
Nearly seventy years after its premiere, and halfway across the world, these lines from Menotti’s The Consul still ring uncomfortably and unhappily true. With no alternative and time running out, a family seeks refuge from another country to no avail. Desperate people seek help and salvation from emotionless and immovable authorities, with devastating consequences.
About The Cooperative:
The Cooperative is a new Sydney based arts company, which combines dual passions for opera and for social justice. Our auditions are open to all.
Performances aim to make opera accessible for everyone, and so entry is on a pay-as-you-feel scale.
We believe that opera should benefit the world around us, and so will partner with charity/ies for each of our performance. For The Consul, we are delighted to partner with Australian organisations supporting and advocating for refugees and asylum seekers.
Photo Credit: Simon Ross and Antoine Veling
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel)
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Andrew Pennycuick (Mr. Kofner), Emma Nightingale (A Foreign Woman)
Emma Fearnley (Assan), Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel)
Laura Wachsmann (John Sorel)
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Marianna Poghosyan (Ensemble / Dancer), Samanta Lestavel (Anna Gomez / Dancer)
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Kirralee Hillier (Anna Gomez), Martin Everett (Nika Magadoff), Alexandra Nixon (Vera Boronel), Andrew Pennycuick (Mr. Kofner), Emma Nightingale (A Foreign Woman)
Ellen Malone (John's Mother), Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel)
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Laura Wachsmann (John Sorel)
Joanna Dionis Ross (The Consul's Secretary), Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel)
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel)
Joanna Dionis Ross (The Consul's Secretary), Martin Everett (Nika Magadoff), Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Kirralee Hillier (Anna Gomez), Andrew Pennycuick (Mr. Kofner), Alexandra Nixon (Vera Boronel), Emma Nightingale (A Foreign Woman)
Emma Nightingale (A Foreign Woman)
Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Ellen Malone (John's Mother)
Marianna Poghosyan (Ensemble / Dancer)
Tony Guyot (Agent / Ensemble), Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Jeremy Boulton (A Police Agent)
Tony Guyot (Agent / Ensemble), Laura Wachsmann (John Sorel), Jeremy Boulton (A Police Agent)
Jeremy Boulton (A Police Agent), Laura Wachsmann (John Sorel)
Martin Everett (Nika Magadoff), Rebecca Moret (Magda Sorel), Joanna Dionis Ross (The Consul's Secretary), Jeremy Boulton (A Police Agent)
Create With Us
Please follow our guidelines before making a submission:
For singers / actors / instrumentalists / conductors / dancers / performers: Please send us a short bio, and a little about why working with The Cooperative appeals to you (see our Mission Statement for more info about us!). This doesn’t have to be a polished product, and you don’t need extensive experience to work with us - in fact, we are very eager to work with young and emerging artists, as much as with seasoned professionals. We just want to know a bit about who you are!
For directors / conductors / designers / composers / writers:
Please send us the pitch for a project you’d love to work on with us. This needn’t be fully developed yet, but please read our Mission Statement to see if we are an appropriate company for you. In your pitch, we look for productions that are relevant, challenging, inspiring, and / or impactful upon our audience. We hold ourselves accountable to be challenged, and so if we are unsure whether your production will fit, we will be in touch for further clarification - we will not ignore or reject your pitch without written justification.
Please note that, at this stage, all productions operate solely on a profit share basis. We know that artists deserve to be paid, and regret that we are as yet unable to guarantee income from involvement in one of our shows. We are applying for, and hope to secure, the funding needed to pay our artists an appropriate wage very soon, and apologise for the current situation.