"...I have never seen such a convincingly played pants role as Xenia Puskarz Thomas. All with no distortion of her voice... put wholly at the service of her role. She is of the new generation of actor/singers who are changing the way we think of opera...."
Nicholas Routley for The Australian Stage
Brisbane-born mezzo-soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas, is a Kovner Fellow at The Juilliard School, New York where she commenced her studies online this October under Professor Edith Wiens. She will relocate to New York in December.
Xenia was awarded a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2018 with first class honours and the University Medal for Academic Achievement. In 2019, Xenia was a scholar of the Melba Opera Trust program supported by the Amelia Joscelyne Scholarship. Later in the year, Xenia studied with teachers from the Metropolitan Opera House and The Juilliard School as part of the prestigious Opera Foundation for young Australians’ Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship that she won in 2018. This year, she participated in the Carnegie Hall SongStudio 2020 program and undertook masterclasses with Renée Fleming and Elina Garanča.
Recent performance engagements include: Opera Queensland Ensemble; Brisbane Racing Club Member’s Evening; Opera at Jimbour with Opera Queensland; Bangalow Festival with the Southern Cross Soloists, and the Camerata of St John’s Helpmann nominated ‘Home’ concert. Xenia's operatic roles include: Dorabella (Così fan tutte); L’Enfant (L'Enfant et les sortilèges); Mrs Gladys Callaway (Dry River Run) and Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera).
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