Allegra Giagu

mezzo or alto voice

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.

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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
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."
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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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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)
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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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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)
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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)
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