Monique lectured and taught singing at the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Uni, Melbourne between 1994 - 2007.
Before becoming an International Star she studied with the world's best singing teachers in London, Stockholm and Munich.
Monique has a wealth of experience having performed leading roles in Musicals, Operettas and Opera in many of the major opera houses and concert halls in Europe, Scandinavia and Australia.
Monique Brynnel is a very versatile singer having performed everything from Jazz, Folksongs, Cabaret, Musical Theatre to German Operetta and Opera.
As a concert soloist Monique Brynnel has appeared in Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.
Monique has starred in numerous productions: Lock Up Your Daughters - Oscars Teatern Stockholm, Showboat, Dial M For Murder - Riksteatern Stockholm, Frau Luna, Opernnhaus Basel, Merry Widow - Staatstheater an Gartnerplatz, Munich (8 years), Opernhaus Frankfurt, Australian Opera Sydney, Gypsy Princess - Den Norske Opera Oslo, Stora Teatern Gothenburg, Opernhaus Kiel, Vienna, Gypsy Baron, Land Of Smiles, Night in Venice, Mariza, Gasparone - Opernhaus Augsburg, Can Can, Orpheus in the Underworld, Count of Luxemburg - Opernhaus Kiel, Die Fledermaus, Riksteatern Stockholm, The Victorian State Opera Melbourne, Australian Opera Sydney, Cosi fan Tutte, Sydney Opera House Sydney, Christchurch, etc.
INTERNATIONAL CAREER Scandinavia
Monique Brynnel made her debut as Alerta in 'Lock Up Your Daughters' at Oscars Teatern in Stockholm. Other leading roles followed. Eliza in 'My Fair Lady', Magnolia in 'Showboat', Rosalinda in 'Die Fledermaus', Euridice in 'Orpheus in the Underworld' as well as the leading role in productions of 'Dial M for Murder' and 'Boing Boing'.
After a successful debut in Vienna in the leading role in 'Gypsy Princess' (a part Monique has since sung in four different languages and countries) Monique Brynnel was engaged to sing the title role in 'The Merry Widow' in a production staged for the Olympic Games in Munich which played in the repertoire at the State Opera for a further eight years. Being in great demand as an Operetta Diva, Monique Brynnel starred in numerous productions in the Opera Houses in Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Essen, Kiel, Augsburg, Basel etc.
Russia and Asia
As a concert soloist Monique Brynnel has appeared in Hong Kong & St. Petersburg.
Monique was introduced to the Australian public in the TV series 'Monique and Jon' for the ABC where she appeared with her husband, Jon Weaving. An invitation followed to sing Adele in 'Die Fledermaus' with the Australian Opera in the first live telecast from Sydney Opera House. Other roles with the AO included the lead in 'The Merry Widow' and Despina in 'Cosi fan Tutte', a role she also was invited to perform with Richard Bonynge in New Zealand. She has also starred in productions with the VSO and QLO.
Monique Brynnel has appeared as soloist in concert halls (also televised) with all ABC Symphony Orchestras and The Australian Pops Orchestra. Engagements include seven New Years Eve Concerts at the Sydney Opera House.
'Diva Class' - a One Women Show - written, directed, produced and performed by Monique Brynnel was part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Monique was also invited to take part in the Australian premier of the Broadway Musical 'Lucky Stiff' at the Port Fairy Festival. Monique and her husband, Jon Weaving, also decided to have some fun one day and put their voices on their son, Jack's, recording, with his Rock Band, Dukes of Windsor.
In 1998 Monique Brynnel was made Ambassador for MiG in Gothenburg and established a Cultural Exchange between Melbourne and Gothenburg.
Monique Brynnel was Lecturer in Singing between 1994 and 2007 at the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Melbourne. In 2002 Monique became Co-Ordinator in Voice at the VCASS.
Monique has been running Musical Theatre Work Shops and Master Classes both in Australia and Sweden as well as directing and producing Musical Theatre productions.
CDs & Videos
Recordings made in Australia include 'World of Operetta', 'Heart of Vienna', 'Die Fledermaus' (also on video), 'More Favourites' (also on video), 'The Best of Joan Sutherland', 'Maid in Sweden' and 'Songs of Sweden'. Watch our online videos: 'Schwipslied', 'Manzanares' with Jon Weavinng, 'Die Fledermaus', 'Oh Mein Papa', and 'The Merry Widow here'.
By Monique Brynnel and Jon Weaving with Gillian Nikakis.
Excerpt from the book, page 135
"Kiel, 1969: the man with the voice
The conductor of The Merry Widow, Karl Eckert, greeted me when I stepped off the ferry from Gothenburg. It was 9.00 am and we went straight to the Opera House situated on a beautiful lake in the middle of Kiel. The original building was destroyed during the war and was not rebuilt until fifteen years later.
After breakfast, we went to room 320 to run through the music. I was relieved that it was just I and Karl to begin with. The tenor was due to arrive an hour later.
One hour later, Jon Weaving, my husband to be, walked in. I have thought about this moment a lot, and I’m not sure if it was love at first sight. I think I was too nervous for my hormones to activate, even though there was a stunning man standing next to me singing his heart out. I listened to the voice and something stirred in my mind. I knew I had heard that voice before, but couldn’t recall exactly where and when. It all fell into place during the break a couple of hours later.
While enjoying a cup of coffee together, it was as though I was suddenly hit by lightning! Was it the coffee, the surroundings or the man himself? We both found it incredible that our voices had already met through the Wigmore Hall’s studio walls some seven years earlier. Somehow we felt we were not strangers but that we already, in a way impossible to describe, belonged together. The two people who went back to the rehearsal were not the same people who had left thirty minutes earlier. We were a pair!
And now I could simply write ‘and the next is history’. And it is! But it is so rich, that I want to share it with you."
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