Australian Soprano, Fiona Jopson and Pianist, Stephen Hopkins are heading into the recording studio to bring to life works from Puccini, Verdi, Wagner, Massenet and Austrian Composer, Joseph Marx to life for their debut album - Beyond the Stage.
Our passion is music, especially Opera! As a result of the last 18 months, we started to brainstorm ideas for a creative outlet to bring joy into our lives and to a greater audience once this project is completed. Thus Beyond the Stage was born!
In 2017 while forging an exciting career in Australia, Fiona won a scholarship to work at the Wiener Staatsoper from January to April 2018. During this time management was impressed and subsequently offered her a contract to be a part of the Full-Time Solo Ensemble since the 18/19 season. This is where our musical collaboration began!
Fiona was regularly assigned to cover and sing a wide variety of repertoire from Mozart to Beethoven and through to Wagner. With this breadth of repertoire thus far and for future engagements as well as pay homage to Austrian Composer - Joseph Marx is the foundation for producing this album for release before the end of 2021.
Australia continues to be at the forefront in producing Opera Singers that grace the world’s best stages!
Sharing the music of Strauss, Wagner, Verdi, Massenet and Marx with the wider community outside of the rehearsal rooms and the European stages would be one of our greatest achievements and contribution to this stunning art form.
With this contribution it would highlight this specialised area of the repertoire - Spinto/Dramatic Soprano, which is the rationale of the choice of Composers for this album.
All donations will go towards: Venue hire, Audio Engineer, Post Production, Stephen: Fee (Recording and Rehearsals), Marketing & Promotion and Licensing.
The end result of this project will be an opera album - both physical and digital documenting Fiona’s breath of work thus far.
To support this project or to find out further information: click here to be taken to The Australian Cultural Fund website.