Artist Biography

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Shakira Dugan, mezzo soprano has established herself as vibrant and gifted operatic performer. She is currently a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera, Emerging Artist in the Richard Divall Emerging Artist Program with Melbourne Opera and artist with Young Songmakers Australia for 2018.

Prior to this, Shakira was the recipient of the White Family Scholarship and the Sylvia Fisher Scholarship. She graduated from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree.  

Shakira made her operatic debut with Victorian Opera playing the role Hansel in Hansel and Gretel in 2017. In 2018, her roles include a reprise of Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Watkin Wombat in the Magic Pudding the Opera, William Tell and covered the role of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier. On the concert platform she has performed in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Hero’s and Villains for Victorian Opera.

Other operatic highlights include performances of The Little Sweep, Little Joe in Brundibar, Theresa II in Four Saints in Three Acts, Smeton (understudy) in Anna Bolena, Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lohengrin, Hansel in Hansel and Gretel and The Snow Queen.

Shakira’s musical theatre appearances include the title role in Patsy the musical, Sandy in Grease the musical and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. 

She has also acted in the Shakespeare plays Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth and also the play Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Shakira has demonstrated fabulous versatility and is a wonderful youthful asset to the classical music industry.