Originally trained as a classical singer, Tabatha McFadyen is now primarily active as a director of both opera and theatre. In 2020 she joins Opera Australia as a Trainee Director under the umbrella of the Young Artist Programme, during which time she will assist directors such as Constantine Costi and Daniel Izzo, as well as directing a new production of Rembrandt’s Wife by Australian composer Andrew Ford.
Tabatha made her directorial debut with Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival in 2019. As an assistant director, she has worked alongside directors such as Barrie Kosky (Frühlingsstürme, Komische Oper Berlin, 2020), Tomo Sugao (Götterdämmerung Mainfranken Theater, Würzburg, 2019) and Tama Matheson (Metamorphosis, Opera Australia, 2018; Amahl and the Night Visitors, Manuel Theatre, Malta, 2018.)
Tabatha continues to be active as a performer, most recently featuring as the soprano soloist in A Christmas Carol in the Royal Albert Hall (Words and Music), and jumping in for the Sydney season of Metamorphosis as Greta. She has performed with conductors such as Johannes Fritzsch, Giordano Bellincampi and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and also, having a particular bent towards contemporary music, with some of Australia’s finest chamber musicians. She has been a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition (Latvia), and was the first prize winner of the 49th International Antonin Dvorak Singing Competition. She also won the National Liederfest and the Mietta Song Prize with long-time musical collaborator, Alex Raineri.
Tabatha undertook postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum, Salzburg and, much to the amazement of her then-lecturers, completed a Bachelor of Music (Advanced Performance) with First Class Honours at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia. Her final thesis centred on the performance demands of the vocal line from the third movement of Schoenberg’s String Quartet No.2. It makes for excellent dinner party conversation.