FREEZE FRAME OPERA ARTISTIC ADVISORS

RACHEL McDONALD - Director and Artistic Advisor

ROBBIE HARROLD - Designer and Artistic Advisor

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Robbie and Rachel

TOMMASO POLLIO - Musical director and Artistic Advisor

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Tommaso Pollio graduated with honours in piano performance from the University Of Western Australia School Of Music and later continued his studies in the United States, London and then returning to Perth to work with the esteemed vocal/pianist teacher Molly McGurk.

He has worked with a variety of ensembles such as The Western Australian & Australian Youth Orchestras as well the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Tommaso’s extensive touring itinerary has seen him perform in London, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, and USA. He has also toured extensively throughout Australia from the remote outback of Western Australia through to the major cities.

Tommaso has been part of many ensemble groups such as The Trio Di Romanza, Enaria Ensemble, Darlington Piano Trio and most recently The Chimera Ensemble, a piano trio featuring the talents of Melinda Gourlay (Cello) and Rebecca Glorie (Violin).

He had been a part of the faculty for the WA Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Cowan University from 1994 - 2006 and has recorded several recitals both as soloist and accompanist both for the Young Australia and Sunday Live Programs for the ABC. Tommaso has worked with many prestigious schools such as Penrhos College, Perth College, Presbyterian Ladies College, Wesley College, Santa Maria, Trinity College and Guildford Grammar, running chamber music master classes as well as teaching piano.

Tommaso is also sought after as a repetiteur, working for The Lucca Opera Festival, Opera Australia, and West Australian Ballet and West Australian Opera Company.

As well as keeping up a busy schedule of teaching and freelance accompanying, Tommaso had co-founded the Chamber Opera Group Millio Opera with the acclaimed director John Milson preparing 1-act operas for WAAPA (2000), Terrace Proms (2000, 2001, 2003), Perth International Arts Festival (2003), and The ABC Sunday Live Broadcasts (1999-2003).

Tommaso is much in demand as a cabaret pianist for Fringe festivals. He has toured nationally and internationally with the Award Winning Cabaret show “Desperately Young at Heart” with Robert Hofmann to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Edinburgh. He has also formed the Lark Chamber Opera with composer Emma Jayakumar and Musicbook Stories, two new ensembles of West Australian Artists committed to bringing classical music and Opera to a wider audience, beginning with young people. 

 

FREEZE FRAME OPERA CREATIVE COLLABORATORS

GEOFF GLENCROSS - Lighting Designer

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CAROLINE BADNALL - Pianist and musical director (Rusalka) 

SOPHIE CURTIS - Cellist

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JEREMY GARSIDE - Cellist

ANYA SEABOURNE - Writer (Rusalka)

ANDRIES WEIDEMANN - Director

Andries Weidemann is a dance educator and freelance director of opera and theatre. He has worked on projects ranging from national and international live broadcasts to productions at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the State Theatre Centre of WA and West Australian Opera. Currently lecturing at the West Australian Academy for Performing Arts, his research interests include arts education and health practice in the performing arts. 

AIDAN BOASE - Pianist

Aidan Boase was born in Western Australia, where he is currently based as a freelance musician. He regularly performs as soloist, chamber musician, repetiteur and orchestral musician in WA and around Australia. He is on the piano teaching staff at the WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and is also regularly engaged as an adjudicator and examiner.

This year Aidan performed at music festivals in Austria and Italy, and was a prize winner in the Virtuoso & Bel Canto Chamber Music Competition in Lucca, Italy. Last year he received a fellowship to attend the prestigious Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, of the Yale School of Music.

Aidan has performed concertos with orchestras around the country, including twice with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the WA Youth Orchestra, the orchestra of St George's College, the Faith Court Orchestra of WAAPA and the Swan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Aidan recently completed three years of study at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in Melbourne, studying piano with Timothy Young. He was twice a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition, and won first prize and the 3MBS Listeners' Choice award in the 2014 ANAM Chamber Music Competition. Aidan received a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from WAAPA, where he studied piano with Anna Sleptsova. He is a three-time winner of the WAAPA's Warana Concerto Competition, and was also a recipient of the Cecelia Daff prize.

LADY DIAMOND

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Lady Diamond is the drag monicker of actor Simon Morrison-Baldwin.

Originally from Perth, Simon moved to Melbourne in 2003 to attend the Victorian College of the Arts Drama School, graduating in 2005. Since then he has been active in the Melbourne independent theatre scene, and has performed in such places as: The Seymour Centre, Carlton Courthouse, Fairfax Theatre, Mechanics Institute, Adelaide Fringe Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Famous Speigeltent, Tony Starr's Kitten Club, The Butterfly Club, EuroTrash and many others.

Most recently seen during the Melbourne Comedy Fest as Narrator of the live superhero radio play BULLET, he continuesto carve out a niche as a performer, from an impressively bustled Lady Bracknell (Rough & Tumble, Adelaide Fringe), to a ballad-singing Frankenstein’s monster (Oh! The Horror!) to a 7” tall Mother of 3 fighting the H factor (The Joy Before Thinking, Theatreworks). Oh, and lets not forget the sadistic lesbian prison Matron of Cellblock Booty (Sisters Grimm)!

Lady Diamond is perhaps best known as the drag door-bitch for the infamous GAY SHAME parties and has just appeared in the video for Sex on Toast's awesome single Takin' Over.

She can also be seen in a range of 'edutainment' videos for the Online Hate Prevention Institute, discussing such things asAnti-Semitism online and the Racial Discrimination Act