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Last update 31 December 2013

From Sky Ingram, Winner 2006 5MBS Young Performer of the Year Award

Sky Ingram

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! I hope you all had a wonderful week with family and friends. I certainly did! - Happy to be home after 5 months on the road!

The new year is almost upon us and so, of course, I can’t help but have a look back over the year;

  • finishing at the National Opera Studio in June
  • signing with London agency Ingpen & Williams
  • starting my first professional lead role contract with Opera North (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in August (see pic attached!)
  • winner of an Opera Awards Bursary
  • spending a month studying German in Germany
  • being signed for a contract with the English National Opera.
  • opera residency at Welsh National Opera with NOS
  • opera residency with Scottish National Opera with NOS
  • singing at the first International Opera Awards in London
  • and several recitals, concerts and oratorios

A very big thank you to my teacher, my coaches, my family, my friends and my husband for all your support this year!

And now it’s time for 2014! I begin my contract with the English National Opera in a matter of days, understudying Niece 2 in Peter Grimes. In March I sing Musetta in La Boheme with Opera North and there are many other projects being confirmed and fitted into the diary with my lovely team of agents at Ingpen & Williams.

Please keep an eye out on the website for updates!

You can also follow what's happening on my facebook fan page

If you have the time, please write back and tell me how you are. And please be in touch if you would like to attend any upcoming performances.


Love Sky xx


Bernard McGann

It is sad to learn of the recent death of B F ('Bernie') McGann, one of this country's finest jazz musicians.

Bernie was a virtuoso of the alto saxophone although it may surprise some to know that he started his career studying drums.

He played regularly at all major jazz venues in the eastern states in the 50's and 60's and jazz lovers still remember his appearances at the iconic El Rocco club in Sydney. He also played with Southern Comfort and several other high profile rock bands. Bernie worked with The Last Straw and, for over 20 years, Ten Part Invention, two of our finest jazz groups. On occasions, he also led his own trio or quartet.

He studied in New York for a time and toured extensively over most continents appearing at jazz festivals in the USA, Europe and Asia. In Australia, Bernie supported many touring artists: Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt and Dewey Redman to name just a few.

He recorded over thirty albums and won several awards including an Aria.

He was a creative player capable of both exciting sustained improvisation and sensitive treatment of quiet passages and ballads.

Bernie McGann died of complications following a heart attack in Sydney on September 17th. He was 76.

-Tony Ogier, 7 October 2014

Valé Bernard Francis McGann (born 22 June 1937, died 17 September 2013)

Bernie, or Bern, which he preferred, died from complications following open-heart surgery. He was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and it was only then that the underlying condition was found.

Bern/ie’s name is typical of the man. It only became apparent a few years ago that he had always preferred being called ‘Bern’, and even his beloved partner Addie usually called him ‘Bernie’. Bern, always laconic, hated fuss; he enjoyed a simple, quiet life, and spoke recently about how much he loved living in a caravan in Bundeena.

He was a lovely man who developed his gift for musicality with great dedication, and still practised daily until his admission to hospital. It was in music that he expressed himself with great intensity, rich ideas, powerful but nuanced emotions, through his very personal songbook and his own compositions.

He was a great musician and a special, if self-effacing, guy. We will miss him.

- Tim Dunn, 7 October 2013


Lisa Cannizzaro

At the Finals of the South Australian 5MBS Young Performer of the Year Award, the two winners were:

  • Vocal: Soprano Lisa Cannizzaro
  • Instrumental: Pianist Scott Coyte; also overall winner.

Scott was also overall winner of the competition and will travel to Brisbane later this year to participate in the National Final on Friday 15 November.

Lisa graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide university with a Bachelor of Music, Honours in 2008. Since 2007, Lisa has been a core member of South Australian touring company Co-Opera, performing in national tours.

Scott Coyte

Scott, who is 19, won the AMEB Thelma Dent Prize at the age of 13, achieved his Associate Diploma for clarinet at age 14, the same for piano - awarded with distinction - when he was 15, and his Licentiate Diploma for piano at 17.

Currently, Scott studies Psychology at Adelaide University, does computer programming part-time, and studies piano under Lucinda Collins.

A live recording of the award concert will be broadcast on 5MBS on Sunday 29 September at 2 pm; repeated Tuesday 15 October at 8 pm.


From Sky Ingram, Winner of the 2006 Young Performer of the Year Award

Sky Ingram

I am very excited to launch my New Website, designed by the wonderful Juliet at A Plain Fish Bespoke Web Design. There are new photos, new news items and more coming over the next few months. Here it is…

Well, next Saturday 28th Sept is the Opening Night of Opera North’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Festival of Britten. It has been so much fun rehearsing with this cast and getting to know the friendly staff at Opera North. I am adorning a blonde wig as Helena and spend my time in a swingin’ 60s costume, complete with turquoise 4 inch wedges!

If you are in the UK and fancy a mini getaway to Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham or Newcastle, come and see the opera and perhaps even Opera North’s Peter Grimes and Death in Venice as well. We will be in Leeds during October and touring to the other cities in November.

Kind regards,
Sky Ingram


2012 WAAPA Graduate

Hello all,

After years of research, scribbling and countless conversations, I am excited to announce that I have changed my name from Daniela Jedrzejczak (nicknamed Bella) to purely:

Daniela Leska

  • My Mum's sister (Jola) strongly suggested a SKA ending (more noble in Poland than a ZAK ending)
  • My Dziadzio (Mum's father) chose my middle name (Monique) so I've kept LES as the French influence; it also coincides with my passion for singing in French!!
  • My Babcia's (Dad's mum's) maiden name is LESczynsKA
  • My parents, currently visiting Poland, gave my new name their blessing over Skype!
2010 Performance Shot in Verbrugghen Hall - Sydney Conservatorium of Music

2010 Performance in Verbrugghen Hall - Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Last year, I successfully completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Classical Voice (Opera) at WAAPA in Perth. This year, I've been working intensively with amazing voice teacher, Linda Barcan; French teacher extraordinaire, David Elder; recording in the WAAPA commercial studio; and immersing my senses in a myriad of WA arts events, such as WA Opera's recent rendition of Mozart's 'Don Giovanni' (I was on a JUMP mentorship last year with Sharolyn Kimmorley AM preparing a role in this opera: the cheeky and flirtatious Zerlina)!

To enhance and propel my skills in the operatic and Classical music industry, I am delighted to be generously funded by a 2013 ArtStart grant. I will be furthering my studies in French, German and Italian languages; stage and voice craft; marketing (I am in the process of setting up a website) and, of course, music. I have recently relocated from Perth to Melbourne, where I am now living in Fairfield with my partner, Sunny! I recently attended my first lesson with internationally acclaimed opera singer, Liane Keegan- I can't wait for the second!

I am extremely excited about making the most of my time here in Melbourne; a springboard to my professional career on stage. Please don’t hesitate to contact me on LinkedIn until my website goes live.

Best wishes,


Daniela Leska
(Previously Daniela Jedrzejczak)
Soprano B.Mus.Voice(Hons.)(Adelaide)
+61 401 063 457

Count Down to the Ring

Richard Wagner

The Fine Music Network will produce a series of ten one-hour programs – Count Down to the Ring, to mark the Opera Australia production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, to be staged later this year. One of these programs will be prepared by our own Christopher Stone.

As a member of the Fine Music Network, 5MBS will broadcast these programs, starting in March, on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 pm, replacing Adelaide Made. You will still be able to hear Adelaide Made on the Saturday following the fourth Monday of the month (generally the first Saturday of the next month) at its current time of 5 pm.


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