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Jenny Liu's debut role in 2014 Australian season of the King and I


24 January 2014

Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Jenny Liu will make her professional debut in a principal role in the 2014 Australian production of The King and I. [Image: Alexander Knight and Jenny Liu in 'Le Nozze di Figaro', 2013]
Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Jenny Liu will make her professional debut in a principal role in the 2014 Australian production of The King and I. [Image: Alexander Knight and Jenny Liu in 'Le Nozze di Figaro', 2013]

Young soprano student Jenny Liu, who completed a Bachelor of Music (Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, will make her professional debut in a principal role in the 2014 Australian production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classical Broadway musical The King and I.

Cast by leading Australian theatre producer John Frost and Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini late last year, Jenny Liu was chosen for the role of Tuptim.

"This is a fantastic break out role for me. I am really looking forward to following through on the big emotional journey that the character of Tuptim plays in The King and I.

"With eight shows a week, I think the biggest challenge will be coming out on stage each night and delivering a fresh, new performance," said Jenny Liu.

Jenny was selected in a final casting of roles by John Frost and Opera Australia, announced in late December 2013.

"When I first received the email inviting me to try out for Tuptim, I was right in the middle of performing the role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. So I only had overnight to learn the song. The casting for this professional role was a whirlwind experience that obviously paid off and I still can't quite believe it!" said Jenny Liu.

Jenny will star in three seasons of The King and I, which will tour the country from April this year. She will perform alongside some of the greatest stars of Australian and international theatre, including Lisa McCune who plays Anna Leonowens, opera sensation Teddy Tahu Rhodes who will play the role of the King of Siam in Brisbane and Sydney, and Jason Scott Lee who will take the role of King in Melbourne.

The 2014 Australian season of The King and I premieres in Brisbane at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 15 April, then moves to Melbourne at the Princess Theatre from 10 June, followed by the Sydney season at the Joan Sutherland Theatre in the Sydney Opera House from 9 September 2014.

Jenny is currently completing an Advanced Diploma of Opera, studying under Maree Ryan, Chair of the Vocal Studies and Opera Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She will put her studies on hold whilst taking part in the Australian stage production.

"It was obvious from her initial audition that Jenny Liu had a beautiful instrument and the performance flair required for the profession. Whilst at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Jenny worked consistently over a long period to achieve the standard and multiple skills required to enable her to take this wonderful opportunity," said Maree Ryan.

A long list of scholarly achievements is testament to Jenny Liu's enormous talent. Each year from 2008 to 2011 she was awarded the highly prestigious Helen Myer Merit Scholarship. Jenny has also been a finalist in the Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Scholarship in 2007 and 2009, winning the Marja Baudish award in 2009. In 2012 she was a semi finalist in the Australian Singing Competition and won the Ingrid Davidson Award and The Radzyminski Family Prize. She is also a finalist in the Australian Opera Foundation German Scholarship.

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