Rosamund Illing is one of Australia’s most renowned sopranos. Her career spans the breadth of the repertoire for lyric soprano in opera, symphony and song. She has performed in England, France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Canada and Australia and her recordings have been showered with many accolades.
After graduating with honours from the University of Adelaide, Rosamund Illing continued her studies in England and Italy. She soon embarked on an impressive series of opera engagements in Great Britain with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (as Musetta in La bohème with Placido Domingo as Rodolfo), English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and at the Wexford Festival. In Australia, Rosamund has performed with each of the state opera companies and Opera Australia.
Ms Illing’s operatic repertoire demonstrates her knowledge and experience performing some of the genres great soprano roles, including: Alcina, Abigaille, Donna Anna, Elettra, Vitellia, Gilda, Norina, Marguerite, Amelia, Cio Cio San, Liù, Mimì, Nedda and many more.
On the concert platform, Ms Illing has performed with Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Charles Mackerass, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir George Solti, Gustav Kuhn and Richard Bonynge, in association with many of the great orchestras. She has appeared in recital at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Melbourne and Perth International Arts Festivals and at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Rosamund Illing has an impressive discography. She has recorded Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under Sir Charles Mackerras, Mahler’s Symphony No 2 under Stuart Challender and German Romantic Arias under Heribert Esser. Her recital disc with David McSkimming of Poulenc and Duparc songs was nominated for an Aria award. She also performs the extraordinary Salaambo’s Aria on a 1991 recording of the motion picture score of Citzen Kane.
Her solo disc, Amoureuse (a selection of arias from operas of Jules Massenet, conducted by Richard Bonynge) was released by Melba Recordings. Ms Illing also appears as Musetta on the Emmy Award-winning video of La bohème and as Despina in Così fan tutte for ABC Video. She appears as soprano soloist in the recording of the Verdi Requiem with Simone Young for ABC Classics. In 2008, Melba Recordings released Saint-Saëns’ Hélène with Ms Illing in the title role. In 2009 Rosamund sang Ravel’s Scheherazade with Orchestra Victoria and Verdi’s Requiem with the Queensland Symphony.
Recent performance and recital highlights include: Una Poenitentiam in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Adelaide Festival and the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, a recital with Art Song NSW, the Four Last Songs with Stonnington Symphony, Rachmaninov songs with pianist Eidit Golder. She performed in the opening concerts of the newly refurbished Hamer Hall; appeared as The Minister’s Wife, a role she created, in the WA season and subsequent seasons of Pecan Summer, performed Massenet songs in recital with accompanist Raymond M Lawrence and appeared with Orchestra Victoria performing Chaussons’ Poeme de L'Amour et de la Mer under the baton of Maestro Guillaume Tourniaire.
Ms Illing appeared at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, performing a selection of repertoire including the Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde and a selection of Art Song by Rachmaninoff, Poulenc, Schubert and Brahms. She also appeared in concert as Adriano in Wagner's Rienzi for Melbourne Opera as part of the Melbourne Ring Festival, appeared in recital at Elder Hall with pianist David Barnard and appeared as Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda for Melbourne Opera. In 2016, she reprises her role, as Minister's Wife in Pecan Summer at Sydney Opera House.
In high demand as a vocal and masterclass consultant and was for seven years, a Senior Lecturer at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Ms Illing has given Masterclasses in Dunedin, Auckland, for State Opera of South Australia and for Victorian Opera. In 2015, she was principal adjudicator for the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Aria and this conducts Masterclasses for the Mietta Song Competition.
2016 highlights: French Masterclasses for Mietta Song Competition, The Creation with Victoria Chorale; the role of The Minister’s Wife, for the Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne seasons of Pecan Summer. 2017 brings Concerts for Stonnington Council Opera in the Park and the role of Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux for Melbourne Opera.