Born in Sydney, Amelia Farrugia graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and went on to win every major international singing competition in Australia, earning her the title of NSW Young Achiever of the Year (1996) and enabling her to study at the Juilliard School in NY, in London with Ms Vera Rosza and in Paris with Madame Janine Reiss.
Since making her professional debut in Buddy The Musical in 1990, Amelia Farrugia has had a successful and varied Australian and international career in Opera, Music Theatre, Symphony Concert, Recital, Corporate events, large-scale outdoor events, recording and television.
Amelia made her OA debut as Casilda in The Gondoliers (1994) and has since performed many lead roles with the National Company: title roles in Massenet’s Manon and Lehar’s The Merry Widow; Queen of the Night, Despina, Susanna, Zerlina, Adele, Clorinda, Despina, Adina, Oscar, Rosina, Tytania, Nannetta, Musetta, Nedda, Alice Ford, Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld and Zwaantie in Batavia by Richard Mills.
For State companies, Amelia has performed La Traviata (OQ & Queensland Festival) Adele & Norina (OQ, SOSA) Amelia debuted with Pinchgut Opera in 2014, appearing as Mrs Hawk in Salieri’s The Chimneysweep to great acclaim.
Internationally, she has performed for Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Spoleto Festival Italy, Opera Hong Kong and joined the roster of The Metropolitan Opera, New York where she has covered Manon (2012 & 2015) & Merry Widow (2015).
For Opera Australia, in conjunction with Peking Opera, Amelia performed in the Opening ceremony of the 11th Meet in Beijing Arts Festival. Other major events include: New Years Eve Gala concerts, Fanfare for the New Millennium, Olympic Gala, Tribute to Dame Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge, Christmas at the House, the widely broadcast Carols in the Domain, Mazda’s Opera in the Domain, Opera in the Vineyards, Twilight at Taronga and as a soloist in the internationally televised Final Mass for Pope Benedict XVI, World Youth Day 2008.
On the concert platform, Amelia has appeared as soloist with Melbourne, Tasmania, Queensland & Adelaide Symphony Orchestras; the Brandenburg, Hong Kong Philharmonic (televised NYE concert), Sydney Philharmonia, Sydney Symphony in numerous events including SSO Classical Spectacular, Sydney Entertainment Centre.
As a Board member of Opera Foundation Australia & Pacific Opera, Amelia has performed in many Fundraising and Corporate events and in the presence of HRH Crown Princess Mary & HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark. Recitals in Hong Kong, Malta, Spoleto, Florence, New York, Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate Music Festival.
The first Australian solo artist to record on the prestigious Decca label since Dame Joan Sutherland in 1959, Amelia’s debut album Joie de vivre! (DECCA) was released by Universal Music Australia (2005) and in the UK (2006). Recorded in the UK with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alexander Briger, the album was nominated for a Classical Aria Award (2006). Amelia has featured on ABC news, The Today Show, Good Morning Australia, Channel 10’s A League of their Own; as a guest panellist on Studio 10 with Ita Buttrose and on radio as ABC Classic FM’s CD of the week and Fine Music’s CD of the month.
Recent performances include Cunegonde in Candide (OQ), Genio in Hadyn’s Orfeo ed Euridice under the baton of Maestro Bonynge (Sydney Con), the performance of a new work La Stupenda by Elena Kats-Chernin at the 25th Year celebrations of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, and concert performances with the Tasmanian Symphony in their popular Symphony under the Stars; (Hobart & Launceston) and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra’s Outdoor Opera Gala.
In 2017, Amelia appears in the world premiere of DIVA! (City Recital Hall, Sydney). A part-theatre, part-opera celebration of Australian greats, in a one woman show with music scored by Elena Kats-Chernin.