Brisbane born mezzo-soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas began her formal studies with her mentor, internationally renowned soprano Margaret Baker Genovesi, at 16 years of age. She continued her training with Dr Margaret Schindler at the Griffith University Queensland Conservatorium. In 2018, Xenia was awarded a Bachelor of Music with first class honours, and the University Medal for Academic Achievement.
During her years at the Conservatorium, she performed excerpts from Mozart’s Idomeneo (Idamante) and Massenet's Cendrillon (Le Prince Charmant) and the roles of L’Enfant (Ravel’s L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) and Mrs Gladys Callaway (Paul Dean’s world première Dry River Run). Her Conservatorium awards include the Sir Mostyn Hanger Opera Award, the Linda Edith Allen Undergraduate Award, the Barbara Hebden Music Bursary and the Brisbane Club Award.
Xenia is the recipient of the 2019 Amelia Joscelyne Scholarship for the Melba Opera Trust. Competition successes in 2018 included winning the Tinkler Encouragement Award at the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, and also the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, which she will undertake in October this year.
Recent professional engagements include performing with the Queensland Youth Orchestra in QPAC Concert Hall, Southern Cross Soloists and the Camerata of St John’s, both in the Tyalgum Music Festival, and in their Helpmann nominated ‘Home’ concert. Xenia was also invited to represent Australia in the 2017 China-Australia Film Festival in Wuhan, China. Xenia is passionate about continuing opera’s 400-year-old traditions and making this genre accessible for all ages.
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