Farrugia Amelia (28.7.1970)
Amelia Farrugia was born in Sydney. He father was born in Zejtun, Malta, and migrated to Australia in 1950.
Amelia Farrugia graduated in 1992 with High Distinction in Voice from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She won several awards in a number of major singing competitions in Australia. In 1996 she won the Opera Award in the Australian Singing Competition.
She has travelled to the US and was US national winner in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions Competition in 1996.
Amelia made her debut with The Australian Opera in 1994 as Casilda in The Gondoliers, and has since then performed several roles, including The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, La Cenerentola, Falstaff, Elixir D'Amore etc
Amelia is in demand as concert artist and has appeared with all the Symphony Orchestra and Australian Pops Orchestras. Amelia sang at the Manoel Theatre in 1998 at a Christmas recital, her first overseas engagement.
She says she is now "the proud holder of a Maltese passport!" and looks forward to coming to sing again in Malta.
The following are some of the reviews she obtained following recent performances :
"Her singing is captivatingly seductive. She manages the coloratura passages with ease and she has the charm to be a lovable heroine in a part not always lovable… Farrugia is also a natural comedian with a light, bell-like soprano…" (The Age).
The Elixir of Love drew a rapturous response from its capacity audience… a triumphant winner… unmissable. The Elixir of Love demands, and is in this instance illuminated by, a fresh and uniformly strong cast. Every one of the cast, (including) Amelia Farrugia's sparkling Adina… sings and acts delightfully (THE AUSTRALIAN).
"Her coloratura is simply spectacular." (Opera,)
Source: Maltese Biographies of the Twentieth Century (1997), editors Michael J. Schiavone and Louis J. Scerri