FIONA COOPER SMYTH (Soprano, Founder & Producer of Cabaret Cadenza & DivaLicious)

Fiona Cooper Smyth is an extremely versatile, experienced classical singer having performed extensively in engagements that range from leading roles in opera, concerts, opening ceremonies and major corporate events. With her beautiful vocal talent and commanding stage presence, Fiona performs a wide range of styles from opera and musical theatre to jazz and cross–over songs.

Fiona is one half of soprano duo “DivaLicious”, who appeared on Channel 7’s”Australia’s Got Talent 2012, Ch 7’s Telethon, subsequently many high profile events, being nominated as a finalist in the Fringe World Festival Awards and touring with their full length show “Divalicious – Opera Rocks!”.

Fiona entertains her audience with ease whether she is floating through the cadenza’s of Verdi’s “Sempre Libera” during an opera or ball; performing “She Moves Through The Fair” unaccompanied at The Hall of Fame gala dinner; “Ave Maria” during a wedding; singing popular tunes such as “You Raise Me Up” with her group Cabaret Cadenza on Channel 7’s Telethon; or closing University Graduation
Ceremonies with “The Prayer” or “Time to Say Goodbye”.

Performing in over 20 productions with West Australian Opera, Fiona has a Masters in Public Relations, a Postgraduate Diploma of Vocal Studies (London) and achieved a First for her BA (hons) in
Music, Drama & Literature. Based in Perth, Fiona continues to perform with Penny Shaw in DivaLicious as well as solo engagements. Fiona also founded the opera-cabaret group, Cabaret Cadenza, to provide corporate entertainment and musical concerts and events.

PENNY SHAW (Soprano, Founder and Producer of Daisy Productions and DivaLicious)

Penny began her singing career as a jazz singer at the age of 16 whilst still at school. She later graduated with a 2.1 honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University and went straight to London to begin auditioning for Opera Companies, supporting herself with jazz gigs and recording sessions. Penny began her professional opera career singing Papagena and covering Pamina for European Chamber Opera in 1992 in London and Hong Kong. She went on to sing and record the role of Inez in Il Trovatore and played Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro for Holland Park Opera. Penny spent several years working for Peter Knapp’s Travelling Opera singing Violetta in La Traviata at the Barbican and on tour through the UK and in France. Other roles include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni; Musetta in La Boheme; Rosina in The Barber of Seville; First Lady in The Magic Flute and Frasquita and later Michaela in Carmen. Penny also understudied and sang the role of Leila in The Pearl Fishers for English Touring Opera.

In addition to her opera work Penny has explored both Musical Theatre, understudying and singing the role of Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera 1998-9, playing Dolly in Annie Get Your Gun and The Stepmother in Into the Woods for Yellow Glass Theatre and also “cross-over” music singing with UK based dance band Faithless on their ground-breaking first album Reverence and then collaborating on a number of subsequent projects. She supported Il Divo on  the WA branch of their Australian Tour.

Since moving to Western Australia in 1999 Penny has been heavily involved in the music scene, singing with the WA Opera Chorus, starting her own company Daisy Productions and is a popular concert soloist. Penny has sung a number of small roles for WA Opera including Olga in The Merry Widow; Queen Catherine in the premiere of Nostradamus and has covered Musetta and Violetta. In 2006 Penny played the role of The Countess in The Marriage of Figaro for Yellow Glass Theatre to critical acclaim. She was a soloist in Verdi’s Requiem for the Collegium Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra in 2007. She understudied the roles of the High Priestess in Aida (2008) and Adina in L’Elisir d’amore (2009) for West Australian Opera, sang the soprano solo in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for the University of Western Australia and sang the English National Anthem at the opening of the Ashes cricket in 2010.

Penny has recently returned to WA after spending 18 months in France and the UK and is delighted to be working with Cabaret Cadenza, having formed the Soprano Duo “DivaLicious!”  with Fiona.  Web-site


Courtney Pitman is one of Perth’s most exciting emerging Mezzo Sopranos. Performing regularly with the WA Opera company as part of the chorus, Courtney has also performed as soloist and chorister for Collegium Musicum and the Giovanni Consort.

Courtney has performed the role of Buttercup in HMS Pinafore for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of WA and the role of Claire in The Secret Garden for Omnibus Productions. She has won many sections at the Joondalup and North of Perth Eisteddfods including the Open Vocal Championship for the North of Perth.

One of the most exciting moments of her career was performing with Lesley Garrat and Anthony Warlow for the Leeuwin Estate Concerts.


Jay Weston is one of the brightest new talents to hit the Australian music scene. Originally from Perth, this young entertainer has had many years of experience in numerous opera and theatre productions nationally and internationally.

Discovering an early passion for music, he began playing the keyboard at ten and at thirteen was awarded a musical scholarship, commencing training at Perth Modern School. He continued his studies and went on to complete a Bachelor of Music (Classical) at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

He studied for a further year in Queensland, and was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance, including the Academic Award of Excellence from Queensland Conservatorium of Music.

Jay is a tenor capable of a wide variety of styles, including Opera, Musical Theatre, classical and contemporary music.

His repertoire includes the Mikado with the Queensland Opera Company, Lohengrin with the Australian Opera Company at Sydney Opera House and various productions with the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music.

He has been contracted to appear at many high profile venues in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and has has had numerous television appearances and radio airplay Jay is currently contracted to entertain on the prestigious Silverseas and Oceana Cruise Liners.

He is an accomplished pianist, arranging and performing his own accompaniment on his keyboards. All the musical arrangements for his CDs were performed and produced by Jay. Visit for more details.


Robert has a Diploma of Opera from Sydney Conservatorium and Bachelor of Music Education from University of Western Australia.

For the West Australian Opera his roles include Larkens/Billy in The Girl of the Golden West, Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love, Police Officer in The Barber of Seville, John Styx in Orpheus in the Underworld, High Priest of Baal in Nabucco, The Bonze and Imperial Commissioner in Madam Butterfly, Old Hebrew in Samson and Delilah, Judge/Tzar Ivan in Candide, Dottore Grenville and Commissionario in La Traviata, 2nd Armed Man in The Magic Flute. 2010 will include Hobson in Peter Grimes and Koko in The Mikado.

For other companies roles include Apprentice in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg for Opera Australia, Bobby in Mahagonny Songspiel (UWA), Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, The Chaplain in Dialogue of the Carmelites and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas (Sydney Conservatorium,) Tamino in The Magic Flute (Pacific Opera, Sydney), J. Strauss II in The Great Waltz (Rockdale Opera, Sydney)

Robert’s appearances as a concert soloist include Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs and Messiah for St Georges Cathedral; Carmina Burana for UWA Music and Collegium Symphonic Chorus; Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Rossini’s Messe Solennelle for Sydney Conservatorium; Berlioz’s The Childhood of Christ, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Creation, Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio for UWA Choral Society. Robert is a versatile singer who also sings musical theatre numbers and enjoys crossing over to the great popular standards of the 20th Century.


Michael has a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Curtin University and is a member of The West Australian Opera Company.

He has sung a variety of roles for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of W.A. and Operawest as well as performing recitals for Art Song Perth (formerly The Lieder Society of Western Australia). Michael has performed as guest artist with The Savoy Singers.

Michael’s love of singing has led him to perform with The Quarter Notes, a four part jazz quartet at The Royal Schools Music Club and in a variety of other contexts with ensemble Tres Classique.

Roles include: The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), The Mikado of Japan (The Mikado), King Paramount (Utopia Ltd.), Salieri (Mozart and Salieri), Czolgosh (Assassins), Perchik (The Fiddler on the Roof) and Javert (Les Miserables).

DAVID WICKHAM (Musical Director/Pianist/Repetiteur/Coach/Conductor)

David Wickham is one of Australia’s pre-eminent accompanists, and the Co-ordinator of Keyboard Studies at WAAPA. He was a member of the music staff of the Australian Opera Studio from 2003 to 2006, where he was music director for productions of Julius Caesar, Don Quichotte, Carmen, Così fan Tutte, Rodelinda, Manon, Bastien and Bastienna and Trouble in Tahiti, as well as Elijah and three cabarets.

“David Wickham led from the front with a superb display of musicianship, playing the orchestral reduction with extraordinary flair and directing at the same time. He provided the bounce and rhythmic lift which permeated the entire production,” wrote Opera Opera of Così fan Tutte. Opera Opera also described him as “one of the finest exponents of keyboard skill when dealing with orchestral transcriptions”.

Before emigrating to Perth in 2003 he was resident in London. He has broadcast recitals for ABC Classic FM, BBC Radio 3 and UK Classic FM. The Australian Opera Studio’s 2005 cabaret, of which David was music director, won an award for the best live broadcast in the ABC’s Sunday Live series.

As a repetiteur David worked for English National Opera, Welsh National Opera and Scottish Opera, also spending nine seasons with Garsington Opera. He has also worked on several productions for West Australian Opera, including Richard Mills’ award-winning The Love of the Nightingale, described in the press as “the operatic event of the year.”

For WAAPA David has conducted Candide and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (“David Wickham did wonders from the podium”). He is much in demand as an accompanist, and has partnered Sara Macliver in several recitals. The West Australian, reviewing a performance of Grieg songs with Macliver, described David as “a musician whose fingers knew no fears, and who could shape even the subtlest nuances of the vocal line.” In recital with Aivale Cole at Government House in Perth, “Wickham’s pianism was exceptional throughout; his solo in Come Rain or Come Shine one of the highlights.”

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Guest Performers


Zoe is a regular performer with the West Australian Opera. Roles include Michaela (Carmen), Lucy Brown (The Threepenny Opera), Diana (Orpheus in the Underworld), Mimi (La Boheme)(cover), Pamina (The Magic Flute)(cover), High Priestess in an Australian premiere production of Aida and Countes Almaviva ( Le Nozze di Figaro).

She is also a popular soloist at corporate events and concerts and has performed at Baby Grand Opera concerts throughout Western Australia for the West Australian Opera. She has also performed at Sandalford Winery’s Christmas Carols in the Valley, at Lake Karrinyup Country Club Concerts and at soirees at Government House.

Zoe is also a soloist for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and has sung in concerts including the role of Gerhilde (Die Walkure, Act 3) at the Perth Concert Hall. She has been a guest artist for the Lieder Society of Western Australia and soprano soloist for leading choirs in Australia. Zoe has also recorded the role of Miss Honey (Three’s Company) on ABC Radio’s Sunday Live program.

Zoe will sing the role of Lisa in WA Opera’s production of La Sonnambula.


Jun has a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Henan University. While at university he was the winner of The Young Peoples Singing Award on nationwide television, and has performed for both the current Chairman of the People’s Republic of China as well as his predecessor. His first professional engagement was with The Chinese National Opera and Dance Drama Company in Beijing.

In 2005, he began an association with The Australian Opera Studio in Perth, performing leading roles in The Tales of Hoffmann, Trouble in Tahiti, Manon, The Magic Flute and La Finta Giardiniera, among others. He also became the first Chinese singer to successfully perform a solo show at His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth with BEIJING TO BROADWAY, in which he told his life story using operatic arias, Chinese folk songs, Broadway numbers and classical ballads.

Since then, he has completed a Masters in Music degree at the West Australian Conservatorium, and performed a leading role of Alfredo in Verdi’s la Traviata with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra and Perth Lyric Chorale.