Deborah Humble presents a full and fascinating interview with her erstwhile colleague and friend, Warwick Fyfe, including his huge success with Alberich in the Melbourne Ring Cycle in 2013. Warwick will reprise his Helpmann Award-winning performance in the Opera Australia Ring Cycle later this month.
“Can you tell me a bit about what you have done/sung since the last Ring Cycle?”
“Ooh lots. I can’t list everything but there was Rigoletto, Falstaff, Aida and Barber for Opera Australia. I was in Victorian Opera’s Dutchman and received a Helpmann nomination for that. I worked on Pelleas et Melisande for Welsh National Opera and performed the Four Villains in Tales of Hoffmann for English Touring Opera which is a fantastic company. Also overseas there was Don Giovanni for my beloved New Zealand Opera as well as Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Singapore. Then there was Turandot with Auckland Philharmonia and Beethoven 9 with Orchestra Wellington.Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle in Melbourne was a hoot. I was delighted to do the St Matthew Passion in German at last (I’d previously only done it in English). That was in Melbourne this year for the Melbourne Bach Choir. There have been recitals in London and Sydney. More generally, I’ve been doing a LOT of overseas travel. This has included study with Anthony Negus, Deborah Polaski, Joshua Hecht and others. This year I made my Vietnam debut in La Boheme! I’m a gallery addict and my head spins when I think of all the art I’ve gazed on in London, Berlin, New York and elsewhere. And the performances I’ve seen: Götterdämmerung in Munich, Meistersinger at Glyndebourne, Book of Mormon in London. Is that enough?!
Interview: Warwick Fyfe
Article details: Published: 31st October, 2016
Author: Deborah Humble, Interviewer