"...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 completing her masters this May under Professor Edith Wiens. She will join the Bayerische Staatsoper Studio as one of their young artists in September this year.
Xenia was awarded a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QGCU) 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. In that same year, she studied in New York supported by the prestigious Opera Foundation for young Australians’ Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship in 2018. Following her scholarship, she participated in the Carnegie Hall SongStudio 2020 program.
In 2021, she worked closely with Opera Queensland as a young artist, performing as a touring soloist Festival of Outback Opera 2021, West Village concerts, as well as “Cherubino” their new production of The Marriage of Figaro. In Australia, she also regularly featured the Brisbane Racing Club’s Under the Stars Members’ Evenings as their Arts Ambassador.
Recent performances in New York include: Ravel’s Shéhérazade in Pierre Vallet’s Liederabend; Bach’s B Minor Mass conducted by Richard Egarr with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Juilliard J415 players; “Aristeo” in the Juilliard’s new production of Luigi Rossi’s Orfeo. She is proudly supported by the American Australian Association.
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