Jacqui spoke to Cut Common just before performing Rosalind Page’s Apollinaire Songs with Syzygy Ensemble at Melbourne Recital Centre.

Musician. Actress. Artist. Storyteller. The apex of all creative pursuits is personified in Jacqueline Dark. (And on top of it all, she’s also a genius in physics.)

Jacqueline is an Australian mezzo-soprano whose career thus far has fulfilled the bucket-lists of so many aspiring singers, covering the spectrum from Wagner’s Fricka to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Mother Abbess. She has wowed Australian audiences for years, continually interpreting famed staple roles to rapturous reception upon Opera Australia stages.

This singer has proven that while her roulette of genres (opera, theatre, cabaret, and contemporary classical) can demand grit and pathos, there’s always room for joy and candour.

Ahead of an upcoming performance in her home state of Victoria with the Syzygy Ensemble, Jacqueline spoke to us about her journey into music, the demands of such diverse work, and the passion that sustains it all. She will perform the Victorian premiere of Apollinaire Songs by Rosalind Page.

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