Teacher, Academy of Singing Melbourne
Contemporary, music theatre, classical
Christelise de Graaf completed a Bachelor of Music Performance, specialising in classical voice, at Monash University in 2012, under the esteemed guidance of Roxane Hislop. During her studies, Christelise performed for some of the leading figures of the Australian operatic world. In 2012, she performed the lead role of Helen in Hindemith’s one act opera Hin und Züruck under the guidance of Dobbs Franks. In 2014, she has been engaged with the Savoy Opera Company as a principal artist in their productions of Utopia Ltd. and Ruddigore. Christelise has studied and performed in Europe at Summer Academies in Salzburg and Hungary, and also at various recitals and functions in Melbourne. Whilst classical singing is her predominant focus at this time, she has a great love for all styles of music and has experience in performance of jazz and contemporary repertoire, also.
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Christelise is an encouraging and positive teacher and believes that every person has the ability to sing. ‘I teach my students to become confident and expressive singers who have been grounded in a healthy technique. Our ongoing work on breathing, posture, intonation and tone quality create a strong foundation, which enables my students to sing with a free and healthy voice. Additionally, I work on “unlocking” the character, emotion and meaning in music, allowing students to revel in the exciting dramatic aspect of singing and performance. In all of this, I work towards developing the individual and natural voices of my students.’