Originally trained as a classical singer, Tabatha McFadyen is now active as a director of both opera and theatre, and in 2020 she joined Opera Australia as the Trainee Director under the umbrella of the Young Artist Program.
Tabatha McFadyen made her directorial debut with Hamlet in the Brisbane Shakespeare Festival in 2019. As an assistant director, she has worked alongside Barrie Kosky (Frühlingsstürme for Komische Oper Berlin), Tomo Sugao (Götterdämmerung for Mainfranken Theater, Würzburg), Tama Matheson (Metamorphosis for Opera Australia and Amahl and the Night Visitors for Manuel Theatre, Malta and Constantine Costi (La Traviata for Opera Australia).
She continues to be active as a performer, most recently featuring as the soprano soloist in A Christmas Carol (Royal Albert Hall) and jumping in as Greta for Opera Australia’s Sydney season of Metamorphosis. She has performed with conductors such as Johannes Fritzsch, Giordano Bellincampi and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and her particular bent towards contemporary music has led to collaborations with some of Australia’s finest chamber musicians. She has been a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition and the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (Latvia), and won the 49th International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition. She also won the National Liederfest (Lieder Society of Victoria) and the Mietta Song Prize with long-time musical collaborator, Alex Raineri.
Tabatha undertook postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, having completed a Bachelor of Music degree in Advanced Performance with first class honours at the Queensland Conservatorium. 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.
Tabatha McFadyen is represented by Megan Steller of Steller Creative.