Roxane Hislop graduated from Sydney University with an Arts Degree and received a scholarship to attend the New South Wales Conservatorium of MusicOpera School, graduating in 1984 and winning the Margaret Forbes-Smith Award for the ‘most outstanding female graduate’. In 1985 Roxane won the prestigious Marten Bequest Scholarship to study in Britain. Returning to Australia, Roxane went on to win further awards in 1987, including the Inaugural AIMS Scholarship for study in Austria; the Dame Mabel Brooks Scholarship and the Sydney Sun Aria. She was the winner of the Australian Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and represented Australia at the National finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in New York. Roxane was awarded the 1995 Victorian Green Room Award for the best female artist in a supporting role for her performance as Maddalena in Rigoletto and Olga in Eugene Onegin.
After studying in New York, Roxane Hislop returned to Australia in 1988 to make her debut with The Australian Opera as Nancy in Albert Herring. Other roles with the company include Siegrune in Die Walküre, Tessa in The Gondoliers, Lady Saphir in Patience, Countess Stasi in The Gipsy Princess, Peep-Bo in The Mikado, Kate Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Zulma in L'italiana in Algeri, Olga in The Merry Widow, Mercedes and the title role in Carmen, the title role in Pericole, The Sandman in Hansel & Gretel, Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lola in Cavalleria rusticana, Tisbe in La Cenerentola, Flora in La Traviata, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Emilia in Otello and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute. For Opera Australia she has performed Olga in Eugene Onegin and Flora in La Traviata.
Roxane was invited to become a member of the Young Artist Programme with the Victoria State Opera in 1989, performing Siébel in Faust and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro. She continued her strong relationship with the company performing such roles as Dalila in Samson et Dalila, the Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Giulietta and Antonia's Mother in The Tales of Hoffmann, Mercedes in Carmen and Olga in Eugene Onegin. In 1996 she sang Teresa in Villa-Lobos' Magdalena for the Ballarat Opera Festival and in 1997 Roxane made her debut with West Australian Opera singing Flora in La Traviata and the title role in Carmen. 1998 marked her debut with Opera Queensland singing Cornelia in Julius Caesar and also with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, performing in Handel’s Messiah. Concert appearances include Messiah, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater. For the Melbourne Symphony Roxane has performed arias from Mozart's La clemenza di Tito and Stravinsky's Pulcinella and has also performed in an all-Beethoven Concert with the Melbourne Chorale. Other performances include The Australia Day Concert for the Festival of Sydney, St Catherine in Honegger's Joan of Arc for the Melbourne Spoleto Festival and guest appearances in the New Year's Eve Gala Concert at the Sydney Opera House.
Roxane’s 1999 opera engagements included Lady Angela in Patience for West Australian Opera, Medoro in Orlando for OzOpera at the Melbourne Festival and the Second Lady in The Magic Flute for Opera Australia. Concert appearances included Missa Solemnis with Melbourne Chorale, soloist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra performing arias from Carmen, as part of their Sunday Morning series, Opera Gala at Spray Farm Festival and Viva the Diva Concerts at Taronga Park Zoo.
In 2000 her performances include Maddelena in the concert version of Rigoletto, as part of the Spray Farm Festival and also for OzOpera, A Jewish Chronicle and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time for the Melbourne Chorale, the title role in Carmen for Melbourne City Opera, performing in the Gilbert and Sullivan Show for the 2000 Melbourne Festival and Missa Solemnis with the Queensland Symphony and Brisbane Chorale.
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