Fiona McCabe, Assistant Conductor and Accompanist
Born in New Zealand, Fiona studied piano performance at the Massey University Conservatorium of Music and Victoria University, Wellington. She graduated with both a Diploma and Bachelor of music and received three awards for outstanding performance.
In 1993 Fiona completed a Post Graduate Diploma in accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of David Miller and Elizabeth Powell.
As a repetiteur Fiona has worked for Opera New Zealand and the NZ International Arts Festival including the 2006 production of Tea by Tan Dun. In 1997 she joined Opera Australia as a repetiteur in training and has since worked on numerous productions including the world premiers of Lindy, Midnite, for the Melbourne Festival and Eternity Man for the Sydney Festival.
In 1999 Fiona was the recipient of the Haas Foundation award for further artistic development, an Australian Opera Auditions Committee scholarship and a Sydney Savage Club award. This enabled her to study at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As well as maintaining a flourishing career as an accompanist, performing and working in Australia, New Zealand and overseas, Fiona has an AmusA in singing and performs as a soloist for the Sydneian Bach Choirs' Bach cantata project finishing in 2010. She has studied and worked in the vocal studios of Anthea Moller and David Harper, Sydney and with Janice Chapman and Raymond Connell, London.
Before returning to New Zealand Fiona was a fulltime accompanist at Ascham school where she taught voice and piano.