Tamsyn Stock-Stafford

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford was born in the Cornish fishing port of Penzance, in the furthest south-west corner of England. She moved to Australia with her family in 1983, settling initially in Adelaide, and subsequently moving to Port Hedland, a desert mining town in the vast northern reaches of Western Australia, where she completed her school education.

After successfully auditioning for the West Australian Conservatorium of Music in Perth, she was accepted for a limited placing in the Certificate of Music course and continued her studies to achieve a Bachelor of Music.

Whilst studying at the Conservatorium, Tamsyn performed at various concert venues, expanding her repertoire with such roles as Barbarina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Arminda in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera, First Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Second Sphinx in Turnage's Greek, Titania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Countess Almaviva in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Cousin in Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Tamsyn was one of four young singers to be selected by the West Australian Opera Company for the 1997 Young Artist Programme. At this time, she had been a member of the Opera Company's chorus for one year and was a soloist in their School's Programme for 1996, performing the role of Hansel from Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel. In November of 1998 Tamsyn performed the role of one of the Gossips in a highly successful season of Britten's children's opera, Noye's Fludde (Noah's Flood), which was co-produced by the West Australian Opera Company and Barking Gecko Theatre Company.

In July 2003, Tamsyn won the Ralph Thompson Memorial Scholarship. She was then selected for the West Australian Opera Company's Young Artist Programme for 2004, which is sponsored by the WA Opera Lover's Association. Subsequently, Tamsyn won the Bendat Scholarship, which is awarded in association with the Young Artist Programme.

Most recent engagements include Carl Orff's Carmina Burana (soloist), which was a co-production including the WA Opera Company, the WA Ballet Company and the WA Symphony Orchestra. This was followed by a performance of Mendelssoh Midsummer Night's Dream (soloist) for the WA Symphony Orchestra. Future engagements include performing the role of Queen of the Night in Mozart's Die Zauberflote for the WA Opera Company and Frasquita in Bizet's Carmen, which is also to be performed for the WA Opera Company.

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