With a voice described as “crystal-clear, flexible… and expressive” by publications such as the Wienerzeitung and the Kleinerzeitung in Vienna, and “show(ing) great clarity… and power” by Olyrix in Dijon, Tasmanian soprano, Bryony Dwyer, made her European debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013, where she remained as a member of the ensemble until 2020.
In the 2019/2020 season Bryony was heard as Pamina (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Musetta (Puccini: La Bohème), Giannetta (Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore), and as the title role in the world premiere of Albin Fries’ opera Persinette. Bryony also took part in a Beethoven Lieder Cycle Progamme for the celebrations of the 250th birthday of the composer. In early February of 2020, Bryony travelled to the Konzerthaus Klagenfurt in Carinthia to perform the soprano solo in Mozart’s Requiem under the baton of fellow Australian, Nicholas Carter.
During her time at The House on the Ring, Bryony has performed, among others, such roles as Elvira (Rossini: L’Italiana in Algeri), Sandmännchen und Taumännchen (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel), Mlle Jouvenot (Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur) and as Cinderella in the Premiere of the Wiener Fassung of the Kinder Oper by Alma Deutscher.
Sadly, due to the coronavirus, Bryony’s Wiener Staatsoper debuts as Zerlina (Mozart: Don Giovanni) and as Ännchen (Weber: Der Freischütz), alongside the fabulous Camilla Nylund as Agathe, were cancelled— along with many other performances, including role and house debuts. During this time of seemingly endless lockdowns and cancellations, Bryony returned to Stadttheater Klagenfurt to reprise the role of Morgana in a new production of Handel’s Alcina, conducted by Attilio Cremonesi. Sadly, this production only saw three performances before further lockdowns cancelled all remaining shows. A planned performance of Mendelssohn’s Elias at the Konzerthaus Klagenfurt for 2020 was, naturally, postponed and eventually performed under the direction of Harish Shankar in April of 2022 to a hugely grateful and enthusiastic audience.
In the summer of 2021 Bryony performed the role of Violetta Valéry in Verdi’s La Traviata for the Hofoper Pfaffstätten, a newly formed private festival created to fill a void due to the lack of live music in the time of corona.
In the current season Bryony will be making both a role and house debut early in 2023 at the famed Komische Oper Berlin with the part of Eurydice in a return of Barrie Kosky’s triumphant production of Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers. Bryony will also be returning to take further part in the Hofoper Pfaffstätten in Puccini’s beloved Gianni Schicchi as Lauretta.
For the 2018/2019 season, Bryony was engaged at Stadttheater Klagenfurt, where she had much success with her role debut of Musetta (Puccini: La Bohème) under the musical direction of Lorenzo Viotti. During her time in Klagenfurt, Bryony also appeared as Servilia (Mozart: La clemenza di Tito), Erste Elfe (Dvořák: Rusalka) and Jasmin in the opera Koma by Austrian composer Georg Haas. Appearing a second time as Jasmin, Bryony made her debut at Opera de Dijon in June 2019.
Other guest appearances include Oper Wuppertal, where Bryony made her role debut as Micaëla (Bizet: Carmen) in 2018. Bryony has also performed at Oper Köln in the role of Ännchen (Weber: Der Freischütz) and as Barbarina (Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro) on two separate occasions as a member of the Wiener Staatsoper Ensemble at the Royal Opera House of Muscat, Oman, and at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. In the summer of 2016 Bryony appeared as the soprano soloist with the La Cetra Barockorchester under the baton of Andrea Marcon at the Holland Festival in Melancholia, a co-production of early music, dance, and movement between Theater Basel and Junges Theater Basel.
In the seasons during 2015-2017 Bryony was a member of the ensemble at Theater Basel where she was heard in many roles, including Erste Dame (Mozart: Die Zauberflöte), Julia (Blacher: Romeo und Julia), Mélisande (Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-Bleue), Julie Jordan (Hammerstein: Carousel) and Susanna (Mussorgski: Chowantschtschina). At the start of the 2017 season Bryony returned to Theater Basel as a guest to reprise her role of Morgana (Handel: Alcina) in Lydia Steier’s acclaimed production, first performed in the previous season, and once again under the musical direction of Andrea Marcon with La Cetra Barockorchester.
For 10 years Bryony was a member of the Royal Australian Navy - Reserves performing with the Royal Australian Navy Band, travelling all across Australia and internationally, performing for national and international dignitaries. Highlights include performing for King George Tupou V of Tonga at his coronation and singing the Australian National Anthem at the Dawn Service and the Lone Pine Service in Gallipoli, Turkey, on ANZAC Day, 2010. Additionally, for ANZAC Day in 2012, Bryony travelled to the Western Front in France to sing for the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneaux.
Bryony is a graduate of the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music, having studied with Barry Ryan OAM, completing a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2008 and an Advanced Opera Diploma in 2011. During this time of study Bryony appeared with the Sydney Chamber Opera in the roles of Governess (Britten: The Turn of the Screw) and Fox (Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen).
In her home of Tasmania, Bryony has performed with the Tasmanian Chamber Orchestra as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
At the completion of her studies, Bryony travelled directly to the Wiener Staatsoper as the 20th recipient of Opera Foundation Australia’s Vienna State Opera Award (2012).
Bryony currently lives in Austria with her constant companion, her beautiful dog, Tumble.
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All details correct and current at September 2022.
All details correct and current at September 2022.