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Dr Fiona McAndrew

Fiona is a Lecturer, voice teacher and researcher in classical voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Current teaching

  • MUS4709 - Vocal Style and Repertoire 3: English Song
  • MUS3707 - Vocal Style and Repertoire 1: French Song
  • Classical Principal Study: Vocal Workshop


Fiona McAndrew is a native of Ireland but grew up in Perth where she graduated from the University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in Psychology. She left WA to take up a vocal scholarship on the prestigious Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she won a number of high profile awards including a Peter Moores Award to the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, a Wolfson Foundation Scholarship, Countess of Munster and Sybil Tutton Awards.

She has since had an international career as a soloist in Germany, Italy, Belgium, UK, Ireland and USA in roles that include Violetta (La Traviata), Fiordiligi (Così fan Tutte), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Donna Elivra (Don Giovanni), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Woglinde (Das Rheingold), Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) Adina (L’Elisir d’amore) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor). She sang at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna in the title role of Michael Daugherty’s opera ‘Jackie O’ (worldwide release on DVD by Dynamic) and at the Wexford Festival Opera as Anne Sexton in Susa’s Transformations. In the 2012/13 season at the Semperoper (Dresden), she re-created the role she previously sang in 2009 as Sr Rose in Nicholas Lehnhoff's production of Jake Heggie’s ‘Dead Man Walking’. Fiona has given solo recitals for BBC Radio, RTE Lyric FM (Ireland) and the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and for the President of Ireland and Prince & Princess Michael of Kent. From 2014-2016 she sang the role of Elle in Poulenc's "La Voix Humaine" in Perth and at Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (Victoria) and was invited to make a studio recording of the opera that was subsequently broadcast on ABC Classic FM.

Professional associations

  • Australian National Association of Teachers of Singers (ANATS)
  • Musicological Society of Australia
  • State Adjudicator, Handa Australian Singing Competition
  • Adjudicator, E& R Thompson Scholarship, Art Song Perth

Awards and recognition

National and International awards

  • 2015 - Faculty Award for Post Graduate Study, MCM/VCA, University of Melbourne
  • 2012-2015 - Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
  • 2015 - The West Australian Arts Editor Award 2015 for 'In the Shadow of Venus' - a site-specific production of three short American operas staged in and around Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • 2014 - Countess of Munster Award, UK
  • 2014-2015 - ARC Centre of Excellence for the Histories of Emotion Award
  • 2015 - Creative Works Prize for Higher Degree by Research Achievement, University of Western Australia
  • 2014 - John Hind Opera Viva Scholarship
  • 2007 - Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Opera Production, Transformations
  • 2000 - Peter Moores Foundation Scholar to Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro
  • 1993-1995 - Guildhall School of Music & Drama Scholarship (Opera Course), UK
  • 1994 - Sybil Tutton Award for Singing, UK
  • 1995 - Wolfson Scholarship for Post Graduate Study, UK
  • 1995 - Windgate Foundation Scholarship for postgraduate study in Austria

Research areas and interests

  • Singing;
  • Elite performance psychology;
  • Peak experience;
  • Consciousness; and
  • Opera.
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