Community Creative: Shakira Tsindos


Agatha The Cat, By the Light of the Moon

YPRL Arts & Culture - 17 August 2018

“I am constantly inspired by my colleagues and the artistic work that is created in a rehearsal room. I am encouraged by the depth of expertise and knowledge from a creative team, particularly when presenting a new work for the first time. ‘By the Light of the Moon’ is a new opera devised by Liesel Badorrek, allowing us the unique experience to create characters from scratch, incorporating our own ideas with those of the director.”

“The ability to affect an audience member’s emotions or opening their eyes to an everyday issue. Opera can touch the emotions of all through its music, acting, language, costume, sets and spectacle.”

Opera singers charm Wodonga kids (video)

Dorothée, Cendrillon

Prime 7 - 18th November 2016

Students at Wodonga South Primary were transported into a fairytale as Victorian Opera's Cinderella production came to life on their school stage.

Inspired by the classic tale, the children even put on their own impromptu performance.

Pied Piper leads way

Mrs Mayor, The Pied Piper

The Border Mail - 15th November 2016

ALMOST 40 Border singers will team up with Victorian Opera on its quirky family production of The Pied Piper in Albury on Wednesday.

Nineteen children and 16 adults will perform alongside Victorian Opera’s professional cast and orchestra after months of rehearsals with Victorian Opera’s music staff in Albury-Wodonga.

Robert Browning’s classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin is reborn in outback Australia in Richard Mills’ new take on the fable.

Cinderella (Video)

Dorothée, Cendrillon

Win News (Bendigo)- 7th November 2016

Win News Bendigo joined the audience of Cinderella at The Capital Theatre on Victorian Opera's regional tour.

Ooh la la, opera for kids is Cinderific

Dorothée, Cendrillon

Sunraysia Daily (Mildura, VIC) - 18th October 2016

Mildura English Language Centre students Fiona Henry, 16, and Gray Nguyen, 17, fit the slipper on the foot of Cinderella, Victoria Opera developing artist Kirilie Blythman. Fighting over a slipper are the Two Ugly Sisters, Victoria Opera developing artists Cristina Russo and Shakira Tsindos. Picture: Louise Donges

Opera's wicked fun for kids

Dorothée, Cendrillon

Herald Sun - 13th July 2016

THE ballroom is a battlefield in Victorian Opera's Cinderella. The characters are colourful and theatrical making it a perfect way to introduce children to opera, Victorian Opera's artistic director Richard Mills says. "We're staging this delightful French opera for the young people of Melbourne and their families, " Mr Mills said. "It's a very good length at just under an hour, and gives an uncompromising encounter with the operatic art form." While the opera in sung in French, there will be English surtitles. Wicked stepsisters Cristina Russo and Shakira Tsindos (pictured above with their stepmother, played by Fleuranne Brockway) are embracing the comic possibilities of their roles.

An Interview with Bachelor of Music Graduate Shakira Tsindos

Alisa, Lucia di Lammermoor

Farrago - 12th April 2016

"Prepare pieces that are well within your development – sing pieces from a role that would suit you right now; a role that you could go straight onto stage and sing. Sing something that the audition panel can visualise you performing, and you will do great."

From Chorus to Cast

Alisa, Lucia di Lammermoor

Victorian Opera > Behind the Curtain Blog - 7th April 2016

"Performing with these artists is the best way to learn about the industry in Australia and Europe. Jessica performs in countries around the world and has performed the role of Lucia in 20 productions, and José as Enrico in five. We've had the most incredible conversations about life as a performer. It's so great working with director Cameron Menzies again, too, after The Grumpiest Boy in the World which he also directed. He continues to challenge how I portray my character."

Shakira takes the stage

Alisa, Lucia di Lammermoor

Heidelberg Leader - 5th April 2016

“At the end of last year, I was asked to join the chorus ensemble for Victorian Opera’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor,” Tsindos said.

“I was thrilled to perform once again with this dynamic and vibrant company after working for them in various productions in 2015.

“Little did I know the singer who was hired to perform this role (Alisa) fell ill ... miraculously I was called upon to step into the role.”


Photography by The Border Mail

Photography by The Border Mail

Opera Scholar of the Year finalist

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - 13 January 2016

"Young coloratura soprano Elizabeth Barrow, mezzo soprano Shakira Tsindos and baritone Stephen Marsh will join opera stars Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Greta Bradman and rising singer Shanul Sharma at Saturday's 20th Opera in the Alps in Beechworth.

The three Opera Scholars Australia students' solo performances will be judged by the Alps' expected 4000- strong audience."