Karina Jay wins 5MBS Young Virtuoso Awards Vocal Prize

October 2016

Karina Jay is delighted to announce that she was awarded the Vocal Prize in the 5MBS Young Virtuoso Award SA State Final on Sunday October 16th, adjudicated by Timothy Sexton and Norma Knight. Congratulations to the instrumental and overall winner pianist Yundi Yuan, who will travel to Melbourne in November for the National Final.


Karina Jay announced the winner of the 2016 Arnold Matters Singing Competition.

August 2016

After a very successful week competing in the Adelaide Eisteddfod in September in which Karina Jay took out the prizes for the Les Dutton Memorial, Nancy Thomas Memorial, Lewis Dawe Memorial, French Song, as well as second place in the Rae Cocking Memorial and Australian Art Song, she topped it off by winning the prestigious Arnold Matters Prize. The prize is a scholarship which will enable Karina to pursue further operatic study in Europe in 2017. The competition was adjudicated by Guila Tiver.

Co-Opera’s Intermezzo Series Presents:

July 29, 30, 31, August 5, 6, 7

Karina Jay will play the role of Servilia in one of Mozart’s last operas on the nights of July 30 and August 7. Time: 7.30pm, doors open 6.30pm. Venue: The Flour Shed, Pt Adelaide. Cabaret style seating, BYO supper. Click HERE for tickets.


Rave Reviews for World Premier of Cloudstreet!

The premier of George Palmer’s opera Cloudstreet back in May was met with exceptional acclaim. Standing ovations every show and five star reviews ensued the fantastically successful opening night on May 12th. Read reviews from Limelight, Indaily, The Australian, The Guardian and The Advertiser.

Read more about this gem of an Australian work in this ABC news article.

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State Opera of South Australia

Running May 12-21, 2016

Announcing soprano Karina Jay will be playing the role of Elaine Lamb in George Palmer’s stunning new opera Cloudstreet, based on the Australian classic novel by Tim Winton. Cloudstreet! will leave you exhilarated. This quintessential Australian story will be the talking point of 2016. For more information or to book tickets, click here.


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Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE MIKADO

Running March – May 2016

From March until May this year, soprano Karina Jay will be playing the role of Peep-Bo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, with touring opera company Co-Opera: Opera on the Move, in their first collaboration with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of South Australia. This revival production, originally designed by David Lamphard and directed by Richard Trevaskis, will tour regional QLD, NSW, VIC and SA. Keep an eye out for a show near you! For more details click here.

KARINA JAY Featured in State Opera South Australia Newsletter Published 12/02/16


At the tender age of 23 and just one year out from her honours degree, Karina Jay is thrilled to be making her State Opera debut in the role of Papagena as part of The Magic Flute cast.

I had this five year plan in mind and didn’t expect to be able to jump into a role with State Opera so quickly, I’m aware that I’m much younger than the other cast members and I’m a bit nervous, but mostly I’m just really looking forward to it.”

Karina has sung the role of Papagena previously with CoOpera and is happy her SOSA debut role is as part of a Mozart opera.

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Karina Jay will make her State Opera of South Australia debut in the lovable role of Papagena in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, running from February 18 – 24. Don’t miss out on this brand new gem of a production, directed and designed by David Lamphard. The production has been designed especially for staging in the Freemasons Great Hall on North Terrace, Adelaide. The magic of this opera has charmed audiences of all ages for over two centuries and it is bound to take your breath away. Book your tickets here.

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Karina’s long awaited CD “Karina Jay – Soprano” is finally here. Head to Buy CD to order your copy today for only $20 including p&h within Australia.

Karina’s first album contains a beautiful half hour selection of folk, opera, art song and sacred favourites. With each piece chosen for their special meaning in Karina’s life, let them become just as precious to you as you are carried away by stories young and old.

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  1. The Trees They Grow So High – Britten
  2. Nocturne – Barber
  3. Sure on this Shining Night – Barber
  4. Liebhaber in allen Gestalten – Schubert
  5. Ave Maria – Schubert
  6. Alleluja – Schubert
  7. L’Heure exquise – Hahn
  8. Piangero la sorte Mia – Handel
  9. Pie Jesu – Faure
  10. Silent Noon – Vaughan Williams

Co-Opera’s Roxby Downs Tour, May 2015 – The Magic Flute

The growth of art and culture within a regional community

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“Many pairs of bright young eyes watched intently, mesmerised as a truncated version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute played out before them, performed by several singers from Co-Opera: Opera on the Move. With its funny, lovable characters, the wonderful, fantastical story of The Magic Flute is one that can be loved and appreciated by all.

The school children of St Barbara’s and Roxby Downs Area School are not as new to the world of opera as you may expect a group of 8 – 12 year olds from a rural mining town to be; many of the children remembered Co-Opera’s regional tour of Madama Butterfly, which travelled to Roxby last year, and some remembered seeing Die Fledermaus prior to that. Though some children had experienced opera before and others had not, all of the primary school students in the workshop group were enthralled and entranced by the magical music of Mozart and the many colourful characters that appear in The Magic Flute, in this case demonstrated by just five singers from the cast performing several roles each (with some very quick costume changes). The workshop gave the children a quick idea of the fairy-tale storyline, with snippets of the most memorable arias and ensembles.

One of the children’s favourite parts of the afternoon was when they had the opportunity to learn a small chorus number, movements and all, and come up and join the Co-Opera singers on stage to sing it. The level of enthusiasm was uplifting and encouraging to see; to think, that these young children froma small outback community could find so much joy and excitement in participating in our art form which is so often thought of as “elitist”. The highlight of the afternoon for us singers was without a doubt when our wonderful MD Brian asked the children “Who thinks they might like to come along and see the whole opera tomorrow night?” and almost every hand shot up into the air.

It was not just the school children who benefited from Co-Opera’s Roxby Downs tour. Members the community were able to involve themselves in the proceedings; the community choir arrived at the theatre on Saturday night in their concert blacks, practiced, polished and ready to sing along with each chorus number as it occurred in the opera. The same children with whom we had worked the day before came along with their families, and surprised the mums and dads as they showcased what they had learned. When their moment arrived in the opera they all ran up onto the stage, wove in between the professional singers dancing and singing, then quickly ran back to their seats to watch the rest of the show. Their enthusiasm continued throughout the opera and beyond; the singers spent quite some time after the show talking to the children, posing for photos with them and signing programs. Many of the youngsters asked enthusiastically when we would be coming back again, and which opera will we be doing next.

Perhaps the most unexpected and wonderful aspect of the evening was the incredible orchestra ensemble. Directed by Owen Lewis, a small string ensemble made up of himself, another teacher and a number of young students had fastidiously prepared the orchestral parts of many of the opera’s numbers. Professional, polished and very excited, the ensemble sat near Brian at the piano and played their parts exceptionally accurately and expressively. To hear them, one would never guess that the ages of most of the players had only just gone double digits.

To see the progression of the young musicians in this small regional town is extremely encouraging; one young instrumentalist made his debut with our company several years ago in Co-Opera’s Die Fledermaus with a glockenspiel solo. This year, he has progressed to principal cello, and only just in his teens. The young violinist in the ensemble had a lesson several years ago from one of Co-Opera’s violinists, and since then he has been travelling to Adelaide every six weeks for lessons. His training is certainly paying off – his feet may barely touch the floor yet he always managed to keep up with Mozart’s difficult violin parts with dexterity and musicality. As the opera concluded and the bows played out, the applause for Brian and for the young orchestra ensemble was among the greatest and most enthusiastic of all, surpassed only by the tremendous cheer for the lovable, hilarious character, Papageno.

For a company such as Co-Opera to have a connection to a small town like Roxby is something incredibly valuable; not only for the children (and adults) who are inspired and educated by the proceedings of the whole weekend, but also for the members of our company. To see that we as musicians can continually make such a cultural impact on a community, and to see the significant progression of the town over our past few visits, is something indescribably special.”

– Karina Jay

“Participating in Co-Opera’s The Magic Flute was a brilliant educational life experience for younger and older local musos alike. We were very privileged to have it. Mikado will be fun next year – lots of great stuff for us to play and sing!”

Owen Lewis, Roxby Downs Community Music Leader


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Co-Opera’s Mozart Festival is well underway with the Cosi Fan Tutte performances almost at a close and the Magic Flute performances now in action.

The cast of The Magic Flute opened their season on Sunday May 16th at McLaren Vale SA to an incredible audience: endless applause, standing ovations; we were overwhelmed by the support, gratitude and enthusiasm of the audience members on our opening night. What a fantastic way to kick start our season before setting off around South Australia and Victoria for performances in Roxby Downs, Casterton, Ballerat and South Morang and finishing with two performances in Adelaide.

Whether you are a lover of Mozart, of good music and vibrant, hilarious entertainment, or even just a lover of wine and food and spending time with friends, make sure you don’t miss our Adelaide performances of The Magic Flute at the Thomas Edmund Opera Studio at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Doors open 6:30pm  on Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th for a cabaret style evening; BYO food and drinks and sit back with your wine and cheese and enjoy the Magic of Mozart with friends. Tessa Bremner’s stunning, colourful, quirky and funny production of The Magic Flute has something for everyone. On Saturday the 14th I will be playing the role of Second Sprite, and on Sunday 14th I will play both Second Sprite as well as one of my favourite little Mozart roles, the charming and lovable Papagena.

Book your tickets now before they sell out! Prices range from $15 – $47. Group prices available.



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