Dr. Joseph Talia OAM
Joseph Talia studied as a scholarship student at the National Theatre Opera School. He was a Showcase Artist and was a finalist in many major competitions including being runner up in the Victorian Opera Auditions in 1974.
He later Studied in Milan and was engaged to sing Rudolfo in La Bohéme and Alfredo in La Traviata for the Teatro Eliseo in Rome. He gave concerts in Milan and other Major cities. His repertoire consists of some forty roles ranging from Benjamin Britten and Menotti to Mozart, Verdi, Gounod, Bizet, Mascagni and Puccini. He subsequently gained a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, MBA from RMIT and PhD in Humanities, from LaTrobe University.
Dr Talia maintains a very successful studio and is in demand as an adjudicator, both in Australia and Europe, including the Paolo Tosti International in Ortona and the Mattia Battistini International in Rieri. In addition, he has conducted master classes in Australia, Belgium, several cities in Italy and Sicily and in Spain alongside such luminaries as Rolando Panerai, Carmen Bustamante, Francisco Ortiz. and Giacomo Aragall. Future work includes masterclasses with Renato Bruson and Fiorenza Cossotto.
Joseph Talia was awarded The Order of Australia in the 2007 Queen's Honours list for his dedicated services to music over a period of four decades.
He created "The Puccini Story" for Melbourne City Opera which was staged in September 2008. An interview with him provides some insights into the background of the production
Dr Talia has long been a member of the Board of Melbourne City Opera and currently holds the position of Executive Chairman.
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