Dr Simon Lobelson – Vocal Adjudicator

With a distinguished career that has spanned 4 continents and 90 operatic roles from baroque to contemporary and lyric to dramatic, Simon Lobelson has established himself as one of the most versatile Australian baritones of his generation, and champion of contemporary music. He is highly respected as a pedagogue, with superlative press reviews and a Helpmann Award nomination for his work with Opera Australia. Simon has performed extensively with companies such as The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, London Mozart Players, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tamsanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Israel Camerata, Asko/Schönberg Ensemble and the Lucerne Festival. He has worked under such conductors as Boulez, Halsey, Dutoit, McCreesh and Bonynge, and recorded for Chandos, Toccata and ABC Classics. Having studied at the Royal College of Music on scholarship he is now a lecturer in Voice & Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, specializing in the research of contemporary opera and its associated vocalism, having presented this at musicological conferences nationally and internationally.