Nicholas Routley – Artistic Director
Nicholas Routley is a pianist, conductor, composer and university lecturer in classical music who moved to the Northern Rivers region in 2009.
As a pianist he specialises in chamber music, especially with singers, and he has given concerts with many international artists, including Hartley Newnham, throughout Australia, and in Europe and East Asia.
In 1988 he conducted Mozart’s Idomeneo in Sydney. He was musical director for Gluck’s Orfeo and Bellini’s Norma in Hong Kong, and has been chorus master for production by Opera Australia and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He was founder director of the Sydney Chamber Choir for thirty years. He is the founder and musical director of the Lismore-based chamber choir, Vox Caldera. Recently he conducted the Sydney Chamber Choir in the Brahms German Requiem, and the Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra in program including Strauss’ “Four last songs” sung by Lecia Robertson, Ravel’s Scheherazade sung by Gaynor Morgan, and symphonies by Tchaikovsky and Brahms.
At present he is engaged in the composition of three operas on the subject of the Indian epic, Mahbharata.
Lecia Robertson – Soprano
Leonora, La forza del destino, State Opera of South Australia
“…Her rich soprano voice is compelling and accurate, with a golden bloom at the top, and she performed with true dramatic involvement”.
Sandra Bowdler, Opera Brittania
“…Her first aria drew forth huge applause and cries of “Bravo!”
Barry Lenny, BWWOperworld.com
“… Lecia Robertson’s Susannah was a full –scale realisation of the part … Robertson invested it with real emotion and not a little ingénue eroticism.”
Nick Kimberley – Opera
Soprano Lecia Robertson is a multifaceted performer with extensive experience on the operatic stage as well as in theatre, cabaret and musical theatre.
Performances in the UK include the title role in Floyd’s Susannah and Mimì in La Bohème for London City Opera at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Verdi Requiem with West London Sinfonia and RSC/Opera North production of Showboat at the London Palladium. Other roles performed include the title roles in Manon Lescaut, Il Coronazione di Poppea, Suor Angelica, Marguerite in Faust, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Micaëla in Carmen, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, First Lady in The Magic Flute and Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte. For the Spoleto Festival Opera, Italy, she performed the role of the Milliner in Der Rosenkavalier under Richard Hickox. In recital, she has sung in Italy, Germany, England, Scotland and Wales as well as a highly successful cabaret season in Japan.
Since returning to Australia in 2006, she has appeared with State Opera South Australia as Leonora in La Forza del Destino, the High Priestess in Aida and covered the title roles of Aida and Salome. For Opera Queensland, Micaëla in Carmen, High Priestess in Aida and covered Aida, Minnie in La Fanciulla del West, Leonore in Fidelio and was invited to sing Judith in Duke Bluebeard’s Castle for Victorian Opera.
Most recently, Lecia performed Strauss’ Four Last Songs, sang at Bangalow Music Festival, Opera at the Channon, live broadcasts with ABC Classic FM and in recital with David Helfgott
Geof Webb – Tenor
Geof grew up in Melbourne and Adelaide and can’t remember a time he wasn’t singing! While studying with with David Ashton-Smith at the Melba Conservatorium he performed in various productions including: La Vie Parisienne (Offenbach), The Beggars Opera (Britten) Bastien and Bastienne (Mozart) and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Bedford) with the Victorian Youth Opera
Living in London from 1989-2005 Geof sang in the London Symphony Chorus, Southwark Festival Chorus and the Whitehall Choir, with whom he was also a soloist. Since returning to Australia in 2006 he has performed with the Melbourne Chamber Choir, CHIME and Yarra Gospel in Melbourne; Coro Innominata (Sydney); and, more recently, Vocal Chocolate and Vox Caldera in Lismore, with whom he performed in NORPA’s Railway Wonderland in 2012 & 2015.
Last July Geof sang with Queensland Opera in the chorus of The Barber of Seville at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, and as tenor soloist for the Byron Music Society’s People’s Messiah in December.