Bryony Dwyer – soprano with a surprise

Bryony Dwyer joins us again as our soprano soloist for Messiah.

Bryony has been busy since her last concert with us, winning the prestigious 2011 Sydney Eisteddfod’s Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship.

She has also performed the role of Emmeline in Purcell’s King Arthur and Sandrina in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera for the Sydney Conservatorium and The Fox in Janaček’s The Cunning Little Vixen for Sydney Chamber Opera.

We can also look forward to seeing her in the Opera Australia Chorus in the New Year in performances of Turandot and the lavish performance of La Traviata on the new floating stage at the Domain.


We know she is a fabulous singer with a great career ahead of her, so why did Able Seaman Bryony Dwyer join the Navy?

There are no seafaring connections in her family – they are in the medical world – but when a friend told her there was an opening in the Royal Australian Navy Band she jumped at the chance.

As a reserve member of the RAN Band, Bryony can be sent to sea (as a musician) – she has had a couple of last minute cancellations, and sounds a little disappointed to have missed out.

Her work with the Royal Australian Navy Band is mainly ceremonial, performing for occasions of remembrance or for visiting dignitaries.  She flies off on short trips around Australia and overseas, including singing the Australian National Anthem at the Dawn Service and the Lone Pine Service on ANZAC Day at Gallipoli in 2010.  And what does she sing?  “A lot of national anthems, not just our own”.

Her next career goal is to gain experience from singing in Europe.  She is aiming for Germany or Austria, which both welcome Australian opera singers and are countries that she loves.  She is currently saving hard to launch this next step in her career.  We wish her well, but with mixed feelings, hoping that she can continue to perform with us for many more concerts yet before she sails away.

We are pleased to welcome back Bryony Dwyer as soprano soloist for our December performance of Messiah.

Handel’s Messiah, Cardinal Cerretti Chapel, Manly

7:30pm Saturday December 3rd  Click here for Saturday Tickets

4:00pm Sunday December 4th Click here for Sunday Tickets
or call Naomi 9953 2443

Messiah 2011 concert flyer – How to get to Cardinal Cerretti Chapel – Soloists