The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member

Angela Giblin


My activities since I resigned from the ANU School of Music have included:

Committee Member, Australian National University Emeritus Faculty (current)
Member, National Council, Australian National Asssociation of Teachers of Singing (current)
President, Executive Committee ACT Chapter, Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (current)

Private voice teaching
Coaching, Yorke Opera Trust, Norfolk, UK July 2009

ANATS National Conference Canberra October 2006
ANATS National Conference Perth  June 2008
International Congress of Voice Teachers, Paris July 2009
ANATS National Conference Brisbane October 2010

Inaugural Two Fires Festival, Braidwood, March 2005
National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2005
Wesley Music Centre, Canberra 005
St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St., Sydney, March 2006
Art Song Canberra, May 2006
Art Song Canberra, May 2007
Lieder Society of Victoria, Melbourne, April 2007
Various recitals, New Zealand July 2007
St Stephen's Uniting Church, Macquarie St, Sydney, September 2007
The Jade Harp, Street Theatre, Canberra, August 2008
ANUEF 10th Anniversary, University House, Canberra, July 2010
The Gifts of the Furies, Old Parliament House, Canberra, September 2010
Messiah, St Christopher's Cathedral, Canberra, December 2010
Art Song Canberra, May 2010
Lieder Society of Victoria, Melbourne,  May 2010
Afroditi Sings, Teatro Vivaldi, Canberra,  November 2011

Lectures and writing
Great Hall, University House, ANATS National Conference Schubert Lecture Canberra 2006
Great Hall, University House, ANUEF Schubert Lecture March 2007
Various short articles for ANATS publications

Travel to Nepal, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Peru, USA, New Zealand, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, France, UK, Canada, Spain, and within Australia
Cycling, bushwalking, running, gym, cooking, professional and personal reading

Curriculum Vitae

Angela Giblin gained the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Sydney University, subsequently studying at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. She was then invited to join the Opera Studio of the Australian Opera, subsequently becoming a Principal with the company, and singing a variety of roles including Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, and Nancy in Albert Herring. During this time she also appeared in concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia Choir. Angela then undertook further study at the Vienna Academy, singing concert and opera in Vienna and the Austrian provinces, appearing with Eduard Melkus and the Capella Academica Wien, and receiving scholarship grants from the Arts Council of Australia, and the Austrian Government. In the following years Angela Giblin sang most of the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire during engagements in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Highlights included singing Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier with Gundula Janowitz as Marschallin, and a commendation in the yearbook of the German opera magazine, Opernwelt, for Idamante (Idomeneo).

Returning to Australia in 1987, she sang various roles for the Victoria State Opera, including Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), and Nicklausse (The Tales of Hoffman). During this period she also completed a Graduate Diploma of Education at the University of Canberra. She also performed in the world premiere of Gordon Kerry’s opera Medea for Chamber Made Opera. (Issued on CD, ABC Classics, 2007). Angela also gave a number of recitals at Mietta’s, accompanied by Linnhe Robertson, and took part in several recitals as part of the Bicentenary Schubert Festival, presented from 1993 to 1997 by the Lieder Society of Victoria, in which all of Schubert’s Lieder were performed.

Work in the A.C.T. has included La cenerentola for ACT Opera, and concerts for the Canberra Choral Society. She has also given recitals at the National Gallery of Australia, and at the Canberra School of Music with Geoffrey Tozer for which she received a 1993 Canberra Critics' Circle Award. She has broadcast in the ABC Sunday Live Series, and appeared with the Canberra New Music Ensemble, notably as Mother (her fiftieth operatic role) in Margaret Legge-Wilkinson’s opera Three Women. In 1996 Angela Giblin was appointed Lecturer in Voice at the Canberra School of Music. In 1997 she recorded a CD of songs by Australian women composers, tall trees, with the Canberra New Music Ensemble. In 1998 Angela was appointed Acting Head of Voice at the Canberra School of Music, and in 1999 Head of Voice.

In 2000 Angela sang the Second Alto solos in Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, conducted by Nicolette Fraillon, as part of the National Multicultural Festival, and toured Malaysia and Brunei with pianist Colleen Rae-Gerrard and violinist Ronald Woodcock. In 2001 she performed Schubert’s song cycle, Die Winterreise, with John Luxton, in Sydney and Canberra, and in 2002, Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Eingana Ensemble at the National Gallery of Australia. Also during this year, she was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Voice.

In 2004, she resigned from her position at the ANU School of Music, and continues to teach and perform. Recent performances have included recitals at St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, and at the National Library of Australia and the Wesley Music Centre in Canberra.

Angela has recently begun reviewing for Australia’s national opera magazine, Opera~Opera. She also presented a paper on the Lieder of Franz Schubert, Wanted: Schubert. Dead or Alive? at last year’s national conference of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, and for the Emeritus Faculty of the Australian National University.

Angela recently presented workshops and recitals in New Zealand, with accompanist Colleen Rae-Gerrard. She also performed a program featuring songs by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski, with accompanist Margaret Legge-Wilkinson, in Sydney and at the Polish Embassy in Canberra, and was invited to adjudicate the 2007 ActewAGL National Operatic Aria Competition, held in Canberra.

Projects for 2008 include a cabaret program, and a series of recitals and workshops with Colleen Rae-Gerrard in New Zealand.


Angela Giblin, Mezzo-soprano, Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, Opera, Lieder