Rockhampton woman Alice Girle is off to Italy for an intensive opera course. Photo: Contributed
Rockhampton woman Alice Girle is off to Italy for an intensive opera course. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Rockhampton girl undertakes opera studies in Italy

ALICE Girle lives for the stage; she even confesses that she's addicted to it.

"It's a bit clichéd but when you're on stage and you're in that zone; that moment is worth all the time it's taken to prepare," Alice said.

The former Rockhampton girl lives in Sydney, after moving to complete her studies in music and is about to embark on the opportunity of a lifetime.

In two days time, she'll fly to Italy to undertake a four week intensive opera course, and then it's off to the bright lights of London to find work.

"I've decided it's a good time to head abroad," Alice said. "There's more work in London, but also more competition, it's a bit of a catch 22."

The 28-year-old singer first caught the performing bug as a student at the Rockhampton Grammar School singing in choir and musicals.

"I always sang at the choir in school and then I did some singing with Gondwana, the national youth choir," Alice said.

"Every year I'd come down to Sydney to sing with them; I think that's when I got a bit of a taste for it." 

After finishing her studies and spending five years focusing on opera, Alice made the decision to take a leap of faith and is packing her bags for Florence.

She'll be studying at the Bel Canto Institute, which has teachers all the way from the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

"We'll study the Italian language and pronunciation of what we're singing," Alice said.

With performances throughout the course, Alice said it'll be a great opportunity for her to be seen on stage.

"For me, at this stage when I'm just starting out, that exposure is pretty invaluable, it'll be great to just be heard," she said.  



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