At the age of 22, Australian mezzo soprano Shakira Tsindos made her professional main stage debut as Alisa in the state opera company, Victorian Opera’s, production of Lucia di Lammermoor alongside international soprano Jessica Pratt.
Over the last six years, her work has spanned across various companies in Australia including Opera Australia as Agatha in By the Light of the Moon; Victorian Opera as Dorothée in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Il Cucolo in Respighi’s The Sleeping Beauty, among others; The Seven Sopranos; Stonnington: The Classics as Kate Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra with a performance as the alto soloist in Haydn’s The Creation conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.
Further UK and European debuts include Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Merry Opera directed by John Ramster, originating the role of the Daughter in HERA’s Generation, Dorabella in Così fan tutte in Sicily and Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas in Germany. She has most recently debuted the title role of Carmen in a tour of France later this year.
In 2021, Shakira joins the National Opera Studio as a 2021/2022 young artist, is a Samling Institute Artist and an Emerging Artist for the Oxford Liederfest.
Shakira was a semi finalist in the Royal Over-Seas League Annual Music Competition (2020), the winner of the third place prize in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria (2018), a semi-finalist in the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition (2018), a finalist in the Bettine McCaughan Scholarship (2018) and a finalist for the Australian Music Foundation in London (2018).
Shakira holds a Guildhall Artist Masters of Performance with Distinction at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and has held prestigious awards and scholarships including the Joseph Sambrook Opera Scholarship with the Melba Opera Trust, the Peter Evans Opera Scholars Australia and was the winner of the International Opera Fellowship with the Acclaim Awards, culminating in a European summer spent in Italy studying Italian. Shakira is also a Sybil Tutton Opera Award holder, supported by Help Musicians UK.