Born and raised in Melbourne, Josephine Grech is a versatile Soprano with repertoire spanning across a number of genres including opera, operetta and musical theatre.
In 2013, Josephine completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) majoring in Classical Voice at The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne. Prior to that, Josephine was a scholarship recipient for voice at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. In addition to her studies, Josephine has been a scholarship recipient in several international training programs including AIMS Opera Studio, Graz, Austria (2015), Teatro Accademia alla Scala, Milan, Italy (2014), Opera Viva Studio, Verona, Italy (2014) and the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, Brisbane, Australia (2012/13).
Josephine's roles include, Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Teatro Moriconi (Italy), Frasquita in Carmen with OSA, Swallow in The Happy Prince with Victorian Youth Opera, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with VCASS, Valencienne in The Merry Widow and Josephine in HMS Pinafore with Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria. In 2015, Josephine performed a title role in an Australian Opera Premiere of Gordon Kerry’s Snow White and the Other Grimm Tales at the Melbourne Recital Centre presented by OSA with the Hopkins Sinfonia.
Josephine shares a love for concert and stage work and has appeared as a soloist at major international and provincial events. In 2014 she performed at the Pergolesi Spontini Music Festival in Jesi, Italy and in 2015 was a performer in the Operetta ‘Ich liebe die Welt’ Music Festival with the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. Locally, Josephine has appeared as a soloist performing at Opera in the Market with the Alpha Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Guy Noble. She has also performed live on Melbourne's 3MBS Fine Music Radio Station as part of the Talent series in 2014 and 2015.
Over the course of her singing career, Josephine has been a recipient of many awards. Such prizes, among others, include: VCE Season of Excellence Top Class and Top Acts prize along with VCAA Premier’s Award and Robert Salzer Voice Award in 2010. In 2014, Josephine was a Recipient of the Acclaim Italian Opera Foundation Awards and in 2015 received the ArtStart Grant from the Australian Council of the Arts. In the same year, Josephine was nominated for Best Female Performer in a Supporting Role at the 2015 Music Theatre Guild Awards for her performance of Lady Thiang in The King and I with Babirra Music Theatre Company.
In 2016, Josephine’s engagements will include performing in Opera Australia’s Victorian schools program in their production of El Kid (swing) with music from Bizet’s Carmen, and has been offered to join the Lisa Gasteen Opera Studio again later this year.
Josephine is incredibly grateful for the many opportunities she has received thus far in her career. As a performer, Josephine is privileged she is able to pursue a career in a field for which her passion burns deeply.