Ashlee Woodgate will make her much anticipated debut as Violetta Valery in La Traviata with Opera Hunter October 2022.
Well known for her effortlessly diverse theatrical ability, Woodgate trained as a screen actor over 2020-21 at the Film and Television Studio International under the direction of McMahon Management in Melbourne, and instructed by some of Australia’s leading television actors.
In 2019, she starred in the role of Nedda with Outlaw Opera's preview performance of Pagliacci with the Stardust Circus. This was after featuring as Lucia Di Lammermoor in the title role with Outlaw Opera, having just received rave reviews as Musetta in La Bohème with the Central Coast Opera (2018) fresh off performances of both Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with Opera Hunter (2016-2017).
Ashlee was engaged as First Lady Die Zauberflöte making her Carnegie Hall debut with the Manhattan Opera Studio in NYC, where she also made her debut at the National Opera Center in 2018.
While at The Sydney Conservatorium Opera School, she sang Despina Cosi fan tutte, Herald of Dawn The Fairy Queen, the role of Calisto in La Calisto and Pamina Die Zauberflöte. While at Newcastle Conservatorium, she sang Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutti and Dido Dido and Aeneas and Night The Fairy Queen with The Macquarie Singers.
2017 offered this young singer an internship with Opera Australia for their production of Tosca, as well as a position covering baroque specialist Miriam Allan in a performance of Haydn’s Creation. She also appeared as soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra. Ashlee has featured as the soprano soloist in Handel's Messiah at Sydney Town Hall for repeat engagements.
Woodgate has been the recipient of the Patricia Lucas Music Achievement Scholarship and the Helpmann Family Scholarship in both 2016-17, the Norman Bushman Scholarship in 2015, and the Tamara Private Hospital Vocal Scholarship in 2012. She recently received a grant from the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia as part of the Performers’ Trust Foundation for her studies in New York.
Ashlee Woodgate is completing a Masters of Music (Performance Teaching) at The University of Melbourne and holds a Masters of Music Studies degree (Opera Performance) at Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2017), a Bachelor of Music at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music having graduated with Distinction (2015), and where she also received her Associate Diploma in classical voice.