Tabatha McFadyen originally trained as a classical singer, and is now active as a director of both opera and theatre. In 2020, she joined Opera Australia as the Trainee Director under the umbrella of the Young Artist Program.
She continues to moonlight as a performer however, most recently featuring as the soprano soloist in A Christmas Carol (Royal Albert Hall) and jumping in for Opera Australia’s Sydney season of Metamorphosis as Greta. She has performed with conductors such as Johannes Fritzsch, Giordano Bellincampi and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and her particular bent towards contemporary music has led to collaborations with some of Australia’s finest chamber musicians. She has been a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Latvia), and won the 49th International Antonìn Dvořák Singing Competition. She also won the National Liederfest (Lieder Society of Victoria) and the Mietta Song Prize with long-time musical collaborator, Alex Raineri.
Tabatha McFadyen made her directorial debut with Hamlet in the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival in 2019. As an assistant director, she has worked alongside Barrie Kosky (Frühlingsstürme for Komische Oper Berlin), Tomo Sugao (Götterdämmerung for Mainfranken Theater, Würzburg) and Tama Matheson (Metamorphosis for Opera Australia and Amahl and the Night Visitors for Manuel Theatre, Malta).
Tabatha McFadyen undertook postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, having completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Advanced Performance with first class honours at the Queensland Conservatorium. Her final thesis centred on the performance demands of the vocal line from the third movement of Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.2. It makes for excellent dinner party conversation.