Roxane Hislop

Mezzo Soprano


Roxane Hislop studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music Opera School and went on to win the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, the Inaugural AIMS Scholarship, the Dame Mabel Brooks Scholarship and the Sydney Sun Aria Award, and also represented Australia at the National finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York. Roxane was awarded the Victorian Green Room Award for best female artist in a supporting role for her performances as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Olga in Eugene Onegin.

In 2010 Roxane performed in Victorian Opera and Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Opera Showcase at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and returned to State Opera of South Australia to sing Gertrude in Hänsel and Gretel. She also sang the role of Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Under the Stars at Brisbane Festival along with Sing Your Own Opera and the Christmas Concert for Victorian Opera. Roxane’s 2011 roles included Third Lady in The Magic Flute for Victorian Opera and Mistress Bentson inLakmé for Opera Australia, as well as performing in Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius for the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic.

2012 engagements include the Stepmother in Victorian Opera’s Cinderella pantomime, Baba the Turk in The Rake’s Progress, Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro, multiple roles in the new opera Midnight Son and Morning Melodies concerts. In 2013 Roxane sings the role of Mrs Herring in Albert Herring for Opera Australia in Sydney and the role of Rossweisse in Die Walküre in Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle.

Roxane made her operatic debut with Opera Australia as Nancy in Albert Herring. Since then, she has performed over 40 different roles for that company, including the title roles in Carmen andLa Pericole, as well as Dalila in Samson et Dalila,  Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Varvara in Katya Kabanova, Olga in Eugene Onegin, Medoro in Orlando, Siegrune in Die Walküre,Magdalene in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Countess Stasi in The Gypsy Princess, Flora inLa Traviata, Second and Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Gertrude in Hansel and Gretel, Gertrude in Roméo and Juliette, Meg Page inFalstaff, Emilia in Otello and Grace in Love in the Age of Therapy  for OzOpera at the 2002 Melbourne and 2003 Sydney Festivals.

Roxane has appeared with all the state opera companies. She has appeared in many concerts for Victorian Opera and her roles for the company include Geertje Dircx in Rembrandt’s Wife, Dryad in Ariadne auf Naxos, Amastre in Xerxes, Jocasta in Oedipus Rex (in concert) as well as the roles of June/Queen in The Love of the Nightingale by Richard Mills for Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera respectively. Further roles at Opera Queensland include Cornelia in Julius Caesar, Flora in La Traviata and Maddalena in Rigoletto.  At West Australian Opera Roxane performed the title role in Carmen, Flora in La Traviata and Lady Angela in Patience. For the State Opera of South Australia she has sung the Voice from Above, Second Squire and a Flower maiden in Parsifal. She also sang Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Maddalena in Rigoletto for Melbourne Opera.

Roxane’s extensive concert engagements include Emilia in Otello and the roles ofla tasse, la chatte, la bergère and l'écureuilin Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the West Australian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Elijahand Messiah with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Dream of Gerontius,Missa Solemnis, A Jewish Chronicle, andTippett’s A Child of Our Time with Melbourne Chorale, an aria concert and Messiahfor Queensland Symphony, Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio andPergolesi's Stabat Mater with Sydney Philharmonia, Opera Under The Stars in Broome, a recital in Musica Viva’s Coffee Concert series, extracts from Ned Rorem's Evidence of Things Unseen at the Melbourne Festival and St. Catherine in Honegger's Joan of Arc for the Melbourne Spoleto Festival.