Co-ordinator, Contemporary Voice
|Contact Campus||Hobart CBD Campuses|
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Maria Lurighi has studied with Peter Rorke and Russell Smith. In 1981, Maria was the youngest finalist in the Armstrong-Martin Scholarship. While studying singing, she also undertook three years of drama training with Graham Byrne at the University of Southern Queensland. Maria has performed the roles of Carmen, Magda Sorell (The Consul), Marcellina, Cherubino and Countess (Marriage of Figaro) all in collaboration with Peter Rorke as well Calliope in Orpheus and the Underworld.
Maria has sung with many of the great Jazz and R&B artists of Australia, including Gary Costello, Alan Browne, Barry Duggan, Paul Rettke, Ike Issacs, Marcie Howard, Rose Bygreaves, Dave Steele and Michael Spiby. Classically, Maria has performed many concert programs with such artists as Bracchi Tilles, Spiros Rantos, Natlia Afeyan, Hartmutt Lindeman, Ben Martin and David Kramm. Her performances include Overhead at Inveresk, an opera commissioned for the 2001 ‘Ten Days on the Island’ festival, and Spargere for voice and string quartet, both composed by David Young. Maria has also performed new commissions by Rae Marcellino and Con Koukios. Maria has performed on many occasions as a soloist with the TSO and has also hosted an evening of “Olympic Spirit” with the TSO including the world premiere, in 2004, of Olympic Spirit by Constantine Koukios. She has also performed sell-out seasons at the ‘Melbourne International Festival’ and ‘Ten Days on the Island’.
Maria has recorded as a soloist and is the vocal coach for the Southern Gospel Choir which, in 2006, made the finals of the Aria awards with Great Day: He takes the pain away making Margaret Throsby’s top 100 songs for 2006. The Southern Gospel Choir will be performing with the TSO and Idea of North in October at the Hobart Concert Hall. Maria will also be performing a full concert program touring Tasmania with the TSO brass Ensemble and will appear in a work in progress for a new commission by Llew Kiek and John Shand.
Maria has been teaching contemporary voice at the Conservatorium of Music since 1999 and was a guest tutor at the last three ‘Festival of Voices’.
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
10 June, 2014