Allegra Giagu

mezzo or alto voice
biography

Born in Australia, Lyric-Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano, Allegra Giagu, made her Sydney Opera House début at eleven years old; building her artistry with Gondwana Choirs, Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony, and the  Australian Chamber Orchestra.

She first came into the media spotlight as soloist for  The Edinburgh Military Tattoo – Salute to Australia, leading to a collaboration with Dame Judi Dench and ClassicFM in London, where she studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal College of Music.

Allegra debuted this season with Pinchgut Opera, and as Charlotte (Massenet), BK Opera. She is also an Associate Artist, Henkell Family Fund, and alumna of the Studio Young Artist program, Gertrude Johnson Fellowship, Gertrude Opera.

With a voice highly suited to interpretations of Mozart, engagements have taken Allegra accross the globe, including consecutive years at Edinburgh Festival (EdFringe), with Opera dei Lumi as Dorabella (Cosi fan Tutte) and Countess (Figaro), and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Black Cat Opera.

Recent collaborations include The Carnival, (West End, Touring, Hamburg, Sydney), Photo Socrates (Vienna), Oxford Lieder Festival, and Verdi's Macbeth by Peter Stopschinski, directed by Luke Leonard and Monk Parrots (NYC) for Nagambie Lakes Opera Festival.

Beyond the stage, Allegra is known for her evocative performance on Dario Marianelli’s Oscar Nominated and Ivor Award winning Anna Karenina soundtrack (iTunes).

In print, Allegra has appeared in the New York Times (Bill Cunningham), The Sydney Morning Herald, The Stage [UK], and many others, at home and abroad


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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
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Reviews
A clearly devised concept [...] in fledgling BK Opera's Werther
2017-04-27 OperaChaser, Melbourne, Australia
"Dressed in mourning black, the richly centred and emotively well-calibrated mezzo-soprano, Allegra Giagu, mixed radiance with elegance and poise as Charlotte. In a woman she effortlessly showed as kind and dutiful, troubled and empathetic, Giagu's Charlotte also portrayed a love for Werther that felt real despite the picture of incompatibility. In Act III's opening aria, "Werther! Qui m'aurait dit ... Ces lettres!", in which she dolefully reads over Werther's letters, Giagu dug deep with heartfelt voice on every rise and fall and effected a quivering vibrato that mirrored a crushed inner soul - a performance highlight."
(Paul Selar)
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ANACREON AND PIGMALION: PINCHGUT OPERA'S DELIGHTFUL INSIGHT
2017-06-16 Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia
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A delightful glimpse into the Guerre des Bouffons – "war of the comedians" – which divided mid-18th century Paris over the relative merits of the noble ponderousness of French opera seria and the incisive triviality of Italian opera buffa. [...] As wife to the drunken Anacreon, Allegra Giagu had tonal richness and dramatic distress.

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(Peter McCallum )
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RAMEAU: ANACREAON & PIGMALION
2017-06-20 StageNoise, Sydney, Australia
"Rameau is a sublime master of multiple soloists and harmonies. His music is elegant yet full of colour and emotion and as sung by Taryn Fiebig, Lauren Zolezzi, Richard Anderson and Allegra Giagu in Anacreon [...] Giagu has developed into a strong and confident performer whose Wife of Anacreon is poignant and beautifully sung."
(Diana Simmonds)
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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."
(R.J.W.)
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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 )
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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)
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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)
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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)
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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)
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