Australian Lyric-Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano, Allegra Giagu, gave her Sydney Opera House debut at the age of eleven, and continues to perform with respected Conductors, Directors and Ensembles throughout the UK, Europe and Australasia.
Allegra is currently a Studio Young Artist and Gertude Johnson Fellow at Gertrude Opera, and will travel to Florida to take up a Young Artist Residency in September.
As a soloist, Allegra has worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra; welcoming the Dalai Lama on his visit to the Sydney Opera House; singing at St Peter’s in the Vatican City; featuring in The Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Salute to Australia over six nights to an audience of 160 000, and collaborating with Dame Judi Dench and ClassicFM for the Story of Christmas annual fundraising gala in London.
2014 saw Allegra awarded five-stars for her role début as Donna Elvira [Don Giovanni], followed by a second role début in the Summer, singing Dorabella [Cosi fan Tutte] at two weeks’ notice for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She returned again to Edinburgh in 2015 to sing Contessa Almaviva [Le Nozze di Figaro], before embarking upon a period of intensive research in New York City.
Allegra was a featured artist on Dario Marianelli’s Oscar Nominated and Ivor Award winning Anna Karenina film soundtrack directed by Joe Wright, and participated on the soundtracks of Master & Commander [Peter Wier], Moulin Rouge! [Baz Luhrmann], and Chris Cunningham’s Gucci Flora campaign featuring the late Donna Summer.
In print, Allegra has appeared most recently in The New York Times, photographed by Bill Cunningham, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Stage [UK], and numerous reviews, editorials and interviews at home and abroad.
Other recent debuts include principal roles in Chloe Charody's Circus Opera - The Carnival, performed in three incarnations, firstly on London’s West End, then touring throughout the UK, and finally in a full season at the Fliegende Bauten in Hamburg. During this period, Allegra also created the title role of a new opera in Vienna, Photo Socrates, written by Clio Montrey.
Allegra maintains strong ties to her heritage with regular visits to Italy; most recently in association with the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi, Padua. Awards have included The Helen Myers Vocal Scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium and full-scholarships for studies abroad, completed at the Royal College of Music and at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Allegra was also the recipient of a Wiener Meisterkurse Scholarship for studies in Austria.
"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.