- ‘Nel grave tormento’ from Mitridate, re di Ponto by W. A. Mozart
- ‘Caro nome’ from Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
- ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ from Alcina by G. F. Händel
- ‘Amour ranime mon courage’ from Roméo et Juliette by Charles Gounod
- ‘Der Hölle Rache’ from Die Zauberflöte by W. A. Mozart
- ‘Quando m’en vo” from La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini
- ‘Je suis Titania’ from Mignon by Ambroise Thomas
Latvian-Australian soprano Lana Kains has performed with prestigious ensembles in Australia and abroad and has experience in genres ranging from early Baroque to Contemporary Classical music.
Last year Lana performed the role of Queen of the Night in the Sydney Conservatorium’s production of The Magic Flute, Musetta in Bergamo, Italy as part of Musica Proibita Management’s summer school, Semele in Handel’s Semele with Concordia Ensemble, and Serpina in a production of Pergolesi’s La serva padrona with the Opus Collective. She also performed Mozart’s Requiem in D minor with the Illawara Choral Society conducted by Dr Carlos Alvarado and Händel’s Messiah in Sydney Town Hall with the combined church choirs.
Other roles Lana has performed include Bastienne from Mozart’s Bastien und Bastienne with the Concordia Ensemble, Papagena from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with Pacific Opera, directed by Peter Coleman-Wright AO and Queen Dido from Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas as part of Gondwana’s Festival of Summer Voices. She has been a featured soloist in many of the Sydney Conservatorium’s Greenway Series concerts and opera galas working with conductors Stephen Mould and Erin Helyard and performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Fritsch singing Waldgespräch by Alexander von Zemlinsky. This performance was streamed live and has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM.
Lana has strong connections to Tasmania where her family is based, singing Händel’s Messiah in St. David’s Cathedral in 2019 and 2020. She has also performed and produced her own recitals both in the Hobart Town Hall and St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Some of the other works she has performed include Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, Handel’s Dixit Dominus, Handel’s Athalia, Haydn’s Elijah, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, Fauré’s Requiem in D minor and Clérambault’s La Muse de l’Opéra.
Lana has a Bachelor of Music Performance in classical voice and a Master of Music Studies in opera performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, which she studied under the tutelage of her singing teacher Maree Ryan. She is the recipient of the Henderson Traveller’s scholarship (2022), Patricia Bell Grant (2018 & 2021) and the Helpmann Family Fellowship (2021) from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Elizabeth Wade Scholarship and Jessie Wakefield-Luckman Prize for Voice from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music. This year she won First Prize with the Henkell Brother’s Award at the 40th National Liederfest in Melbourne. In 2021 she won the Vocal Showcase Prize in the Fresno State Art Song Festival and in 2019 she won the Nelle Ashdown Memorial Award at the Hobart Eisteddfod.
Stacey Xiaoyu Yang is a doctoral candidate (majoring in organ performance and literature) in the studio of Professor David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. She is currently also completing a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music . She is the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s College, the University of Sydney and the deputy organist and music director at Hunter Baillie Presbyterian Church, Annandale. She holds a MMus (Eastman) and LTCL in organ performance, a LMusA in piano performance and has performed extensively both in Australia and Overseas including Sydney Town Hall, Sydney Opera House, St James’, King St, Christ Church St Laurence, Our Lady’s Basilica at Tongeren in Belgium, Marktkirche, Wiesbaden in Germany, HongKong Cultural Centre and Cathedrals in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, Antwerp, and Madrid. As a collaborative pianist, she has worked with many luminous performers including David Elton, Frank Celata, Katie Woolley, Evgeny Sorkin, Emma Scholl, Simon Lobelson, Jeremy Boulton, and Georg Pedersen. Since 2022, she has started to work for Opera Australia. She is the recipient of the prestigious Melba Opera Trust Scholarship in 2023.