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Lisa Harper-Brown
Soprano
Born in the United Kingdom, Lisa migrated to Australia where she studied at The University of Western Australia, gaining her Honours degree in Music as well as her Licentiate diploma in singing.

Following her graduation she joined West Australian Opera's Young Artist Program, including a period with Opera Australia, honing her craft with singing icons Madam Marlena Malas-Kleinman and Dame Joan Sutherland, and subsequently Janice Chapman in the UK.

Lisa was the recipient of many awards during this time, including the Gosford City National Aria Competition and the ABC's Young Performer's Award, Vocal Section. But it was her success in the 1993 Australian Singing Competition which enabled her embark on her first tour of Europe with accompanist, Richard John. Their recitals were warmly received in St Martin in the Fields and St James Churches, London, Oxford, Den Haag, Florence, and throughout southern Spain.

She made her debut on the main stage for Opera Australia in 1999, singing Pamina in The Magic Flute. Her performances of Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte and Elsa in Lohengrin, have delighted both critics and audiences alike and culminated in a prestigious Helpmann Award for her portrayal of Countess Almaviva in Opera Australia's The Marriage of Figaro.

Subsequent engagements include Ortlinde in The State Opera of South Australia's Die Walküre, Dvořák's Stabat Mater with Prague Chamber Orchestra for the Perth International Arts Festival, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus for Opera Australia, Musetta for Opera Queensland's exciting new production of La bohème, and her European debut in 2006 with Hamburgische Staatsoper as 1st Lady in their iconic production The Magic Flute. Since then she has been performing in festivals and concerts throughout Germany.

A return to her hometown of Perth was prompted in 2009 as she prepared for the birth of her first child, Mimi Jules. She has since decided to remain in Australia and has recently relocated to the picturesque Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

It was an exiting year for Lisa in 2010, as she once again joined Opera Australia in both their Sydney and Melbourne seasons, to revisit the role of Helena in Baz Luhrmann's acclaimed production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

In July, in a memorable recital for Art Song Perth, she performed a selection of Chopin's Polish Songs Op. 74. According to Lisa, this was a challenging goal. "It was quite an undertaking and at times I thought I'd never get there. I somehow succeeded and a recital for Art Song Perth in July proved to be one of the performing highlights of my career. Everything just seemed to click, with the pianist Martina Lieget-Wilson, the audience and the atmosphere. It was a remarkable experience."

Later in the year she featured in Nocturne, the Gala opening of Victoria's highly popular Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, again singing Chopin's Polish Songs, accompanied by Stefan Cassomenos.

In October, Lisa accompanied the celebrated Seraphim Trio for a concert tour of the east coast of Australia. The performances premiered an exciting new work by Australian composer Graeme Koehne, commissioned especially for Lisa and the ensemble. Titled Ringtone, the composition draws on Lisa's extensive and eclectic skills in all vocal styles from opera to cabaret. It promises to be a busy year again in 2011, as Lisa prepares to tour the south west of Western Australia with her ensemble, Voyage, with associate musicians Mark Kruger (piano) and Paul Tanner (percussion) and Michael Paget (3D artist). Their special brand of performance, coupled with multi-media, takes listeners on a sensory journey through music of all ages.