Head Judge

Teddy Tahu Rhodes

Mr Rhodes has performed internationally with the opera companies of San Francisco, Austin, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Cincinnati, Houston, The Metropolitan Opera -New York, the Hamburg Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper- Munich, Theatre du Chatelet - Paris, in Vienna, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Recent seasons include Escamillo (Hamburg, Théatre du Chatalet/Paris, Munich, Bilbao, Metropolitan Opera, OA), Don Giovanni (OA, WA Opera), Scarpia /Tosca (WA Opera), Emille de bec/ South Pacific (OA Australian Tour) and King of Siam/The King and I (OA Australian Tour). Teddy debuted the roles of Méphistophélès/Faust (OA, SOSA and WA Opera), the title role in Sweeney Todd (Victorian Opera), the title role in Don Giovanni (OA’s new production), a concert tour From Broadway to La Scala (Australia, and NZ), Scarpia (WA Opera, Opera NZ) and William Tell and I Capuleti ei Montecchi (Victorian Opera).

In 2019 Teddy joined Victorian Opera to perform Titurel (Parsifal), Opera Australia to perform Lord Sidney (Il viaggio a Reims - Sydney and Melbourne), Enrico VIII(Anna Bolena - Sydney) and Mephistopheles(Faust - Melbourne), as well as an Australian tour- From Broadway to La Scala. In 2020 Teddy returns to Opera Australia to sing Mephistopheles (Faust - Sydney), The Auckland Philharmonia, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, State Opera of South Australia and Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

Awards include an ARIA, two Helpmann Awards, a Limelight Award, a Green Room Award plus a MO Award.

Discography includes ABC Classics’ Fauré's Requiem and Le naissance de Vénus, Handel's Messiah, solo discs including Mozart Arias, The Voice, Vagabond, The Bach Arias, Mozart Requiem, Serious Songs, You’ll Never Walk Alone (with David Hobson), Teddy Tahu RhodesMahler, There was a Man Lived in the Moon and I’ll Walk Beside You. He also appears on the CD/DVD recording of The Little Prince for Sony International/ BBC, on CD/DVD Haley Westenra Live, DVD of Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera for EMI Classics, the Metropolitan Opera’s Carmen and Chandos’ Love for Three Oranges.

Preliminary Judge

Roxane Hislop

Roxane Hislop is one of Australia’s most respected and accomplished Mezzo Sopranos. She is a graduate of Sydney University, the NSW Conservatorium of Music and holds a Masters Degree in Arts Administration from RMIT University. Awards include the Sydney Sun Aria, and the Australian Regional finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She has been nominated five times for a Green Room Award and was named best female artist in a supporting role for Maddalena (Rigoletto) and Olga (Eugene Onegin).

Miss Hislop has an Operatic repertoire of over 60 roles, 50 of these with Opera Australia. Her operatic repertoire includes the title roles in Carmen and La Pericole, Rosina (Barber of Seville), Dalila (Samson et Dalila) Varvara (Katya Kabanova) Mistress Page(Falstaff),Getrude (Hansel and Gretel)Baba the Turk (the Rake’s Progress),Marcellina and Cherubino (Le Nozze de Figaro) and Cornelia (Julius Ceaser). She has appeared with every major opera company and Symphony orchestra in Australia and her concert repertoire includes Dream of Gerontius, Missa Soleminis, The Messiah, St John and St Matthew Passion, Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass , A child of our Times as well as Opera Galas.

Recent appearances include Mary in Die Fliegende Hollander (Melbourne Opera) Teresa in La Sonnambula ( Victorian Opera) Dame Hannah in Ruddigore (Opera Queensland) Mrs Herring in Albert Herring and Rossweisse in Die Walkure (Opera Australia) .

Miss Hislop is passionate about mentoring the next generation of young singers, is on the vocal staff at the University Of Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music and serves on several Music Boards. In demand as an adjudicator Roxane has been on the panel for the Lexus Song Quest (New Zealand), Melbourne Herald Sun Aria Competition, Sydney Sun Aria and in 2019 the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Awards and Opera Awards for the Music and Opera Singers Trust.

Preliminary Judge

Gregory Yurisich

Born in Perth, Australia Gregory Yurisich was one of the world’s leading baritones for more than a decade and is described by Placido Domingo as his favourite baritone. His portrayals of the great Verdi repertory earned him tremendous critical acclaim – “phenomenal” and “overwhelming” described his portrayal of the title role of Nabucco for the Bregenz Festival, Austria and later for performances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and in Geneva. Other acclaimed performances include the title role Rigoletto in Israel, Athens and Australia; title role Simon Boccanegra for the English National Opera; title role Falstaff in Australia and the USA; Germont La Traviata for San Francisco Opera, The Australian Opera and in Tel Aviv and Geneva; Iago Otello with Placido Domingo for the Los Angeles Opera and in Brisbane; Stankar Stiffelio for the Royal Opera; and Amonasro Aida for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Gregory performed repeatedly in all the major opera houses and concert halls of the world partnered with the leading singers of our time including Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, and Luciano Pavarotti. He collaborated with the greatest conductors of our time including Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Sir Geoffrey Tate, Franz Welser-Möst, Zubin Mehta, Edo de Waart and Sir Simon Rattle.

After almost forty years as a soloist, Gregory Yurisich retired from the operatic stage ... his final role was the High Priest of Dagon Samson and Delilah with Denyce Graves and Placido Domingo ... to take up the position of Adjunct Professor at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he taught both classical and music theatre singers before moving on to create the Australian Opera Studio, a national training institute for operatic performers in the Indian/Pacific region. In May 2004 he was one of five artists honoured for their contribution to the Arts as part of the centenary celebrations of His Majesty’s Theatre Perth and in 2005 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the Arts and the mentoring of young performers. When he is not giving masterclasses, Gregory continues to teach singers, the majority of whom are working around the world.