Soprano – Associate Artist
Janine Harris is a versatile performer based in Sydney. A recipient of the Helpmann Family Award, Helen Myers Scholarship and a Henderson Travelling Scholarship in 2022, and of the Helpmann Family Award and the John Holt Todd and Florence Todd Scholarships in 2021, she is presently studying opera under the tutelage of Donna Balson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Janine was winner of the Oratorio prize in last year’s Sydney Eisteddfod and placed second in the open female operatic section. Having spent some years freelancing in top professional ensembles in London Janine returned to Australia to take up the position of Ensemble Artist for 2020/21 with The Song Company. This opportunity has seen her perform to critical acclaim across repertoire from the 13th C to the present day – notably receiving praise for “her exceptional range, precision, clarity and even tone” [Limelight Magazine, April 2021] performing motets of the Renaissance from original manuscripts, and “impeccable dramatization… hilariously exemplified” [Theatre Travels, March 2021] in a dramatic staging of music by living American composer Juliana Hall. A further highlight of 2020 was performing in the Adelaide Festival alongside The Tallis Scholars, The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. Apart from continued engagements with The Song Company, in 2022 Janine will perform with Pinchgut Opera in Women of the Pieta. Also this year she makes her debut with The Co-operative, taking on the roles of Marcellina in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs Grose in Britten's Turn of the Screw, and as the mezzo-soprano for a World Premiere by Felicity Wilcox. Janine has performed as a soloist with the Choir of Christ Church St Laurence, the SCM’s Early Music Ensemble, the Chandos Choir and Portsmouth Chorale in the UK, and with the Choirs of St James King St and St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney and the Australian Brandenburg Choir.