Australian-born Dominica Matthews is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, UK and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Dominica achieved great success in competitions in both the UK and Australia. Awards won include the 2005 Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Award (RNCM), the 2005 Brigitte Fassbaender Lieder Prize (RNCM), the Robin Kay Memorial Opera Prize (RNCM), the 2005 Clonter Opera Audience Prize and Runner-Up Award, the 2002 Nina Barden Memorial Scholarship, the 2001 2MBS-FM Young Performer of the Year and the 1997 Joan Sutherland Society Scholarship. She was also a Peter Moores Foundation Scholar 2004-2006 and an Ian Potter Foundation Grant recipient in 2003-2004.
She is currently a principal artist with Opera Australia having completed two years as a member of The Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Programme. Major appearances have included Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann (for which she won a Green Room Award), Flora in La traviata, Tessa in The Gondoliers and Eunice Hubble in A Streetcar Named Desire. Engagements overseas have included La Principessa in Suor Angelica, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress.
In 2008, Dominica sang the title roles in Cenerentola and Orlando for Opera Australia; the following year, she performed Romeo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Sonyetka in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado and reprised Eunice Hubble in A Streetcar Named Desire. Her performance as Sonyetka saw her win a 2009 Helpmann Award for Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera.
Recent major roles for Opera Australia have included Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mallika in Lakmé. She has also appeared as alto soloist for Sydney Philharmonia and Orchestra Victoria in Mozart’s Requiem, with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in Handel’s Messiah, with the Sydney Symphony in The Gilbert & Sullivan Spectacular and in concert with the Australian Youth Orchestra and the SBS Youth Orchestra.
Since 2012, Dominica Matthews has sung Suzuki, Cherubino (Helpmann Award nomination), Lucienne (Die tote Stadt), Flora, Florence Pike (Albert Herring), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff) and Flosshilde and Schwertleite (Der Ring des Nibelungen) for Opera Australia. Now a Senior Principal for OA, her roles in 2014/2015 include Third Lady, Mistress Quickly, Maddalena/Giovanna (Rigoletto), Madame Larina (Eugene Onegin), Marcellina (Le nozze di Figaro) and Marthe (Faust).
Dominica Matthews is supported by Professor Barbara van Ernst AM