Exhibitions and performances
Award-winning soprano Elena Xanthoudakis (BMusPerf (Hons) 2001, MMus MusPerf 2003, GDipOpera 2003) performed at a special fundraising concert in February. The concert – Mozart Magic – raised money for The Melbourne Musicians, an orchestra providing experience and support to local musicians for more than 40 years. Miss Xanthoudakis has built a glittering international career, one highlight of which was winning the 2006 International Mozart Competition for singers in Salzburg, Austria.
Jazz pianist Monique diMattina (BMusPerf 1994, BLitt 1999, MMusPerf 2001) has been prolific in recent times, recording five albums in as many years. Ms diMattina spent nine years working in New York City, where she performed with greats such as Lou Reed and Bjork. Her latest album – Nola’s Ark – was recorded in New Orleans. Late last year she headlined the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.
Visual artist Carolyn Cardinet (BFineArt 2004) produced a “one-day installation” for the Sustainable Living Festival, held in St Kilda. The French-born artist has a fast-growing international reputation, with solo and group exhibitions appearing in Delhi, Singapore and Dubai. Mrs Cardinet has also had her work exhibited at the French Consulate in Melbourne.