Allegra Giagu

mezzo or alto voice

Welcome to my HELLO STAGE Artist Profile.

I'm an Australian/Italian Coloratura Mezzo, and a Studio Young Artist and Gertrude Johnson Fellow at Gertude Opera. I also studied at the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

I feel blessed to be able to make a living doing what I love, and I am honored that you are here to join me. Current projects are based predominantly in Australia, the UK and Europe; but I'll soon be adding the USA to the list of places I call home, when I take up a Young Artist Residency in Florida this September 2016.

My passions are Chamber Music, Art Song and Opera; discovering music, and working closely with composers and collaborating on projects with dancers, circus artists and musicians from other genres.

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Short Profile

NameGiagu, Allegra
Born inAustralia, Oceania
Home LocationNew York City, United States
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Italian,  German,  French,  Spanish; Castilian 
attended UniversitiesThe Opera Studio, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Allegra Giagu
Handel | Messiah 
Film Soundtrack | Anna Karenina
Soloist | Oscar-Winning Composer/Director duo, Dario Marianelli and Jo Wright with screenplay written by Tom Stoppard. 
The Carnival | A Circus Opera
Hamburg, Fliegende Bauten. Cabaret Opera, interspersed with acrobatics, a fire-breathing violinist and aerial silk performances. 
ROSSINI’s Petite Messe Solennelle : neither little nor solemn
2013-05-02 Andover Advertiser [Newspaper & Online], Andover, UK
"Allegra Giagu sparkled not only in her beautiful singing but in her presence, an enjoyment in itself. She sang Crucifixus with great feeling."
(Ruth Dunlop)
REVIEW from 2013-05-02  
Highgate Film Festival : Poetic Celebration
2007-05-24 Camden New Journal [Newspaper & Online], Highgate
"The performances by Allegra Giagu were utterly charming. We can all enjoy Auden's poetry by reading it. There are fewer occasions to enjoy it by hearing it sung so beautifully."
(Jan Toporowski)
REVIEW from 2007-05-24  
Allegra's Chance of a Lifetime
2004-11-01 The Sunday Telegraph [Newspaper & Online], Sydney, Australia
"The livewire isn't just a voice ... despite her bubbling enthusiasm the tall, elegant singer has a tangible maturity."
(Diana Simmonds)
REVIEW from 2004-11-01  
Arias, An ARIA Winner And The Architect – An Evening Of Opera, Piano And Light Music.
2012-02-04 Sounds Like Syndey [Online], Sydney, Australia
"An almost sacred triumvirate of voice, piano and a heritage building are combined when soprano Allegra Giagu joins her childhood friend and performing partner, ARIA award winning pianist, Sally Whitwell, in a recital"
(Shamistha De Soysa)
REVIEW from 2012-02-04  
Allegra Giagu
Handel | Messiah 
Allegra Giagu (Mezzo-Soprano) | Tale of the Oyster, Cole Porter
Western Sydney Opera | Launch Gala, 2016
The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 
American Song | Recital Tour & Album Launch [DATES TBA]
UK / USA Tour
Panizza, Nicole (Pianist)
Conductor: Hall, Juliana (Composer)
Allegra Giagu
Publicity Collage 
2017-08-08, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Festival
Opera dei Lumi
Conductor: Keenan, Peter
Soloists: Giagu, Allegra
STAGE BEAUTY | Who Weekly's 25 Most Beautiful People
2005-04-01 Who Weekly Magazine, Sydney, Australia
"The Sydney-born singer dazzled audiences with her role at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Sydney"
(Jane Nicholls)
REVIEW from 2005-04-01  
Theatre Arts Review | Don Giovanni [Five Stars]
2014-08-01 Surrey Advertiser [Newspaper & Online], Surrey, UK
"... the most virtuosic singing is reserved for Donna Elvira, the Don's former beloved, who pours out her grief in an incredible coloratura, borne out by Australian-born Allegra Giagu's Italianate virtuosity."
(Shelagh Godwin )
REVIEW from 2014-08-01  
Don Giovanni [DATES TBA]
2017-08-01, Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Berwick Festival Opera
Opera dei Lumi
Conductor: Keenan, Peter
Soloists: Giagu, Allegra
A Marriage of Genius and Delight | Le Nozze di Figaro
2015-08-14 Berwick Advertiser & WoW 24/7 [Newspaper & Online], Berwick-on-Tweed, UK
"...Allegra Giagu as the Countess owned the audience. There was an inky pavonine complexity to the soprano's vocals that tapped into the same vein of genuine emotion as her leading couple. A potent and complex chemistry that transcended the boundaries of the concert performance into something very real and vital."
REVIEW from 2015-08-14  
Encore | Habanera (Bizet)
Arias & ARIAS: A Charity Concert to raise funds for the restoration of St. John's Wollombi, an Edmund Blacket building, designed and built in 1846. (6.30pm, 4th February, 2012)

Piano sponsored by Theme & Variations Piano Services, Sydney. 
Allegra Giagu
Publicity Materials 
Gucci 'Flora' | Launch
Campagin w/ Donna Summer 
Allegra Giagu
Publicity Materials 
Allegra Giagu - Mezzo Soprano | Western Sydney Opera - Gala
Western Sydney Opera launched on May 7 2016 at the Joan, Penrith, with a young cast of Opera’s emerging artists providing a programme of Operatic highlights, Operetta and Musical Theatre.

The cast includes; Lorenzo Rositano, Paul Smith, Daniel Macey, Christopher Nazarian, Taryn Srhoj, Qestra Mulqueeny, Allegra Giagu accompanied by John Martin at the piano. 
2018-04-27, Gent
De Bijloke

Story of Christmas | St George's Hanover Square
2005-12-20 SOC | Open Letter, London, UK
"A very beautiful voice and certainly one of the highlights of the evening."
(Dame Judi Dench, DBE)
REVIEW from 2005-12-20  
Edinburgh Military Tattoo | Sydney
The Edinburgh Military Tattoo - Salute to Australia, for the first time in the event's history. Channel 7 Broadcast [2005] 
Solo Album | Launch & Tour [Dates TBA]
Europe / USA / Australia
Conductor: TBA
The Invisible Path
2011-07-25 Sounds Like Syndey [Online], London, UK

"Somehow I knew I was put on this planet to be an opera singer. Whether or not that came about, I knew that I would never be satisfied without trying" she says knowingly.

Utterly charming, effervescent and enormously talented, Giagu is an engaging presence on stage.

(Shamistha De Soysa)
REVIEW from 2011-07-25