Mezzo-soprano Sian Pendry studied in Melbourne at the Victorian College of the Arts, where she completed a Bachelor of Music Performance in Voice (Honours). Following this, she attained a Graduate Diploma of Music (Opera), at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.
Sian won the National Aria in 2002 and has twice been a finalist in the McDonalds Aria competition as well as being awarded the Tinkler Encouragement prize in the Australian Singing Competition, Mathy Awards. She was a vocal finalist in the 2001 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards, and has been the recipient of scholarships from Rotary, the Linda Edith Allen Estate, the Austral Salon and the Mabel Kent Estate.
In 2003, Sian was a Developing Artist with Opera Queensland and completed an intensive Italian course at the Istituto Europeo in Florence, Italy. Following this she re-located to Sydney where she took part in the first performance of a new work based on the life of Eugene Goossens, Eugene and Roie, for the Sydney Festival. Later in the year she sang Hansel in Pacific Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel and in 2005 Sian featured in Sydney Philharmonia’s series of Bach concerts, broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
Sian became a member of Opera Australia’s Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artists’ Development Program in 2007 and has since sung many roles for Opera Australia including Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Stephano (Romeo and Juliet), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Kitchen Boy (Rusalka), Mercédès (Carmen) and the title role in Carmen for Oz Opera’s Northern Territory and West Australian tour.
In 2008, Sian made her debut with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in the role of Mary in The Flying Dutchman with Oleg Caetani and the following year sang in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Sydney Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Recently for Opera Australia Sian has performed Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Hermia (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Page (Salome), Second Lady (The Magic Flute), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Valencienne (The Merry Widow) and Iris/Female Chorus (The Love of the Nightingale), along with Opera Australia’s performance at the Poly Theatre in Beijing for the Meet in Beijing Arts Festival and performances in Opera Australia’s Great Opera Hits on a Sunday Afternoon throughout the summer at the Sydney Opera House.
In 2013, Sian’s roles for Opera Australia include Inez in Il trovatore, Venus in Orpheus in the Underworld, Curra in La forza del destino, Nancy in Albert Herring and Siegrune in Die Walküre (Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Cycle).