Brisbane City Opera and Cadenza Chamber Players Present:
The Magic Flute
Directed by Chris Clement McNee
Conducted by Lucas D. Lynch
Brisbane City Opera
Tamino – Tom Holownia
Pamina – Kathryn O’Halloran
Papageno – Joshua White
The Queen of the Night – Rachel Pines
Sarastro – Joshua Ruben
Monostatos – Ronan King-Rose
The Brisbane City Opera singers were prepared by Mark Connors
Cadenza Chamber Players
Flute – Jess Hall
Oboe – Amanda Mattiske
Clarinet – Taylor Davies
Bassoon – Sasha Walker
Horn I – Daniel Sherson
Horn II – Rhianne Humphreys
Keyboard (Celeste, Timpani) – Mark Connors
Violin I – Claire Weatherhead (Concert Master), Samuel James
Violin II – Amy Hosking, Sophia Goodwin
Viola – Ash Abul, Isabel McCafferty
Cello – Nicky Griffith, Rafael Abraham
Double Bass – Sophie Collins
Chris initially completed his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the Australian National University, Canberra. Chris then moved to Brisbane to study at the Queensland Conservatorium completing a Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice studying under Gregory Massingham.
During his time in Queensland Chris founded Brisbane City Opera (BCO) and is the company’s current Artistic Director. BCO strives to bridge the gap for young artists between their tertiary studies and professional careers. Chris has directed both of BCO’s full operas to date, Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne (2017) and Handel’s Apollo & Dafne (2018). Both works were Brisbane premieres, had multiple sell out showings and received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
With BCO Chris has programmed and directed countless recitals and concerts including ‘Opera in the Upper House’ a charity gala hosted in Queensland Parliament’s Upper House – this was the first time opera had been performed in the space since 1864. Other highlights with BCO include ‘Opera Classics’- A collaboration with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Widmung – Dedication’ – A liederabend hosted by The Imperial Room and the ‘Opera in The Burrow’ series – an afternoon of beer, pizza and opera.
As an Assistant Director Chris has had engagements with British Youth Opera, the Queensland Conservatorium and Sound Thinking Australia and has worked as an Assistant Director to many international and Australian directors including – Anna Sweeny AM Hon RAM, James Hurley, Peter Coleman Wright AO, Cheryl Barker AO, David Bell and Rodney Hall amongst others.
In early 2017 Chris was fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in a professional development opportunity with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. This involved observing the rehearsal process for George Benjamin’s ‘Written on Skin’ as well as participating in stagecraft classes with the resident Jette Parker Young Artists.
Music Director – Mark Connors
Mark Connors graduated from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music studying classical piano. As an undergraduate Mark assisted as a repetiteur for QCGU’s 2016 production of Albert Herring, directed by Bruce Beresford.
During his studies he was the winner of the Hilda Woolmer Scholarship Prize for piano accompaniment at QCGU. This prize funded Mark’s participation in the 2016 International Art Song Academy at WAAPA, where he worked with the renowned accompanist Dr Graham Johnson. He returned to participate again in 2017.
Mark was engaged by OperaQ as repetiteur for their 2017 season productions of The Pearl Fishers and Ruddigore, or the Witch’s Curse. He has given a number of recitals in Brisbane alongside talented up and coming classical singers, presenting art song and opera repertoire. Mark is in demand as an accompanist for school and community choirs throughout Brisbane, and plays regularly for The Queensland Choir. In 2018 he commenced working as an accompanist for the classical voice department at QCGU.
Lucas D. Lynch is a conductor, pianist, composer and musical director with classical training from the Queensland of Conservatorium of Music, graduating with Bachelor in Classical Piano and Masters in Conducting. Lucas is an experienced repetiteur for Queensland Dance School of Excellence, QUT Ballet and Queensland Ballet. He has musically directed and conducted for numerous musicals including Grease, Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast. Lucas has been mentored by Queensland Ballet’s Musical Director, Nigel Gaynor, acting as cover conductor for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Lucas has worked with international pianist Konstantin Shamray (winner of the Sydney International Piano Competition) conducting a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto 12 and accompanied Konstantin as second pianist in Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals. Lucas is also a theatrical producer of Gateway Theatre Productions and Lynch & Paterson.