"Stepping into the role to replace an ailing Julie Lea Goodwin, assistant director Tabatha McFadyen performed the role of Greta – Gregor's initially supportive, subsequently rejecting sister – with persuasive dramatic intensity, singing this complex part with impressive confidence belying the 48 hours notice she had to prepare it."
– Sydney Morning Herald
"...a soprano of rich hues and a striking stage presence."
– Australian Book Review
"Tabatha McFadyen, who had been participating in a program for young directors, observing and assisting Matheson, stepped in at the last minute to play Greta with a day’s rehearsal. She hardly missed a vocal or dramatic beat on opening night, picking up the part with astonishing speed and vocal dexterity, and demonstrating heroic professionalism."
– Time Out
"McFadyen’s generous, secure top notes once again underpinned the more declamatory dramatic climaxes, but the quieter passages were at least equally impressive. The darker, unforced lower notes of “Um Mitternacht” gradually accumulated to give greater weight to the final dramatic utterance."
– Classic Melbourne
"...newcomer Tabatha McFadyen displayed a largely pure-toned, unadorned timbre that matched her character’s mix of youthful innocence and slow-burning resentment. It was an assured performance in any circumstances, let alone one achieved in only two days."
– The Australian
Originally trained as a classical singer, Tabatha McFadyen is now primarily active as a director of both opera and theatre. In 2020, she joined Opera Australia as the Trainee Director under the umbrella of the Young Artist Program, and in 2021, she will return to the company to as Assistant Director for La traviata.
McFadyen made her directorial debut with Hamlet in the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival in 2019. As an assistant director, she has worked alongside Barrie Kosky (Frühlingsstürme for Komische Oper Berlin), Tomo Sugao (Götterdämmerung for Mainfranken Theater, Würzburg) and Tama Matheson (Metamorphosis for Opera Australia and Amahl and the Night Visitors for Manuel Theatre, Malta).
She continues to moonlight as a performer however, most recently featuring as the soprano soloist in A Christmas Carol (Royal Albert Hall) and jumping in for Opera Australia’s Sydney season of Metamorphosis as Greta. She has performed with conductors such as Johannes Fritzsch, Giordano Bellincampi and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and her particular bent towards contemporary music has led to collaborations with some of Australia’s finest chamber musicians. She has been a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Latvia), and won the 49th International Antonìn Dvořák Singing Competition. She also won the National Liederfest (Lieder Society of Victoria) and the Mietta Song Prize with long-time musical collaborator, Alex Raineri. She will collaborate once more with Raineri in 2021 as part of the Brisbane Music Festival.
McFadyen undertook postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, having completed a Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium. Her final thesis centred on the performance demands of the vocal line from the third movement of Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.2. It makes for excellent dinner party conversation.
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