WSNSW e-news 2 – 2022

WSNSW — A SECOND JANUARY EVENT: In-person recital on Sunday 30 January 2022



2.00pm [AEDT]: Recital by sopranos Rebecca MacCallion and Bronwyn Douglass,
and Bradley Kunda (pianist)

with Lieder by composers including Brahms,
Wolf, Wagner, Berg, Marx and Richard Strauss

3.30pm: Afternoon tea

Members $40 / non-members $45 / full-time students $20  


St Columba Community Centre,
53A Ocean Street (cnr Forth Street), Woollahra

Members of the public are most welcome! 

1: If you will be attending: please let us know by replying to this email OR by emailing This is important – we need to know how many will be attending for the purposes of Covid-19 regulations and catering

2: Payment at the door


Optional pre-payment: by using your bank’s internet banking facilities to send your payment electronically – listing your name – to Westpac Banking Corporation, Paddington NSW Branch.
Account name: The Wagner Society / BSB: 032040 / Account Number: 911323

3. Keeping you safe: please do the following:

 — on arrival, check-in using a QR code
 — f
ace masks continue to be required
 — please don’t attend if you feel unwell / are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by NSW Health / are required to self-isolate or quarantine 

About Rebecca MacCallion

Rebecca MacCallion holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University, and is an alumna of the Pacific Opera Young Artist Program. She has performed the roles of Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Berlin summer Opernfest, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and La Sorella Infermiera in Puccini’s Sour Angelica with Pacific Opera. In 2018, Rebecca appeared in various supporting roles in the Sydney Philharmonic Choirs’ 2018 production of Candide at the Sydney Opera House (directed by Mitchell Butel). Rebecca’s recital credits include a solo concert in the Art Gallery of NSW’s esteemed Resonate series, nationwide broadcasts in ABC Classic FM’s Sunday Live series, and a recital for the Project Cancíon Español (Spain). Rebecca is a recipient of The Australia-Britain Society Award for Voice, and grants from the Wagner Society in NSW and the Friends of the ANU School of Music. She holds a Master’s degree in speech and language pathology from the University of Sydney.


About Bronwyn Douglass
Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Music from the Australian National University School of Music and a Masters of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. She also attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School for three consecutive years from 2013-2015 and the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto in 2018 on scholarship. Bronwyn is the proud winner of some of Australia’s most prestigious awards including the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Award and The Opera Foundation for Young Australians Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship. She was also the Amelia Joscelyne Memorial Scholar with the Melba Opera Trust from 2016-2017 which allowed her to work in masterclass with many internationally acclaimed artists including Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Stuart Skelton, and Yvonne Kenny AM. In 2019, Bronwyn performed in Opera Australia’s Don Giovanni, study covered the role of Adalgisa in Melbourne Opera’s Norma and sang in concert with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in Chorus Oz: Ode to Joy (broadcast on ABC) and with Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Opera Under the Stars. In 2018, Bronwyn debuted as Rosina in Co-Opera’s regional tour of The Barber of Seville. She then proceeded to undertake significant overseas study thanks to substantial awards won in 2017, including two months in London working with teachers and coaches from The Royal Opera and three months in New York working with teachers and coaches from The Juilliard School and The Metropolitan Opera. In 2021, Bronwyn had the pleasure of working with Opera Australia in their productions of ErnaniTosca and Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour La Traviata. She was set to perform in Opera Australia’s winter season of AttilaOtello and The Tales of Hoffman and the Brisbane season, performing in Aida, Götterdämmerung and covering Sieglinde in Die Walküre. These productions, unfortunately, had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

About Bradley Kunda

Bradley Kunda is a unique musical talent whose career has seen him specialise in both classical guitar and collaborative piano performance, working across chamber music, opera, art song, and contemporary classical music. Bradley started his career as a classical guitarist, and for ten years was a member of Australia’s premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek. His commercial recordings on the Naxos, ABC Classics and Soundset Recordings labels have earned him critical acclaim. Following nearly two years of study with the late conductor and educator Richard Gill OA, Bradley turned to his second instrument, the piano. He has since enjoyed collaborations with several outstanding Australian singers including Christine Douglas, Green-Room award winner Nicholas Jones, and numerous talented singers within the Pacific Opera Young Artist Program. Bradley has served as répétiteur for the North Sea Vocal Academy (Denmark), the New Zealand Singing School, and the Berlin Opera Academy, the latter for which his attendance was supported financially by the Wagner Society in NSW. In 2020 Bradley relocated to Berlin, where he continued his studies in collaborative piano and operatic Korrepetition with Ara Khachaturian and Philip Mayers. Bradley holds a PhD in classical guitar performance from the Australian National University (ANU), and a Master’s of Performance in collaborative piano from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has held teaching positions at the ANU School of Music, and the University of Newcastle School of Creative Arts. Bradley is also a designer and currently works as a Senior Designer for MuseScore, a music notation program used by over 5 million people.


Rebecca and Bradley performing at the Wagner Society Christmas Concert & Party on 17 November 2019


Bronwyn Douglass performing


With warm regards from the President and Committee of Wagner Society in NSW.




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