Australian Soprano Diipti Firmstone is a gifted artist currently based in Berlin. Diipti is living the life she has always dreamed of. Collaborating with local musicians, conductors and directors in various endeavours from Opera to Cabaret, Jazz to Operetta, Diipti enjoys performing a wide range of musical styles especially repertoire that fulfils all her dramatic desires.
Highlights in Diipti's career include staring in a one woman show ‘Interdependency’ at the English Theatre Berlin in 2015; Solo lieder recital as part of the Bundesgartenschau ‘BUGA 2015’; Musical Theatre Gala Concert in Hamburg in 2013; took part in the English Theatre Berlin’s Cabaret Festival 2013 presenting excerpts from Pierre Luniere (Schonberg); performed excerpts as Frasquita (Carmen) in Potsdams Stadtwerkefest in 2012; Gala concerts in Berlin - Aria Abend (2012) & Lieder Abend (2012); Yearly Advents concerts in Brandenburg 2012 - 2015; performed the role ‘Wife’ in the Australian premier of The Juniper Tree at The Abbotsford Convent Opera Festival (2011); soprano soloist in Dvorak's Stabat Mater - St John’s Southgate Melbourne (2011); Shandong China Tour Gala concert tour in Jinan, China (2008).
Upon completing her formal studies in 2009, Diipti was immediately taken into the Melbourne Opera Studio’s Young Artist program where she performed the roles of Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief; Geraldine in A Hand of Bridge; the Mother in Hansel & Gretel, and understudied Galatea in Händels Acic and Galatea. ‘The Age’ Melbourne reviewed Don Giovanni and noted that Diipti “Sang memorably in the role of Donna Anna, including a particularly fine ‘Non mi dir’. During her time as Young Artist she also appeared on Melbourne Radio 3MBS performing live singing Mimi, Donna Anna & Norina arias and duets and on Melbourne TV performing the Collingwood Football Anthem on Channel 10 TV special.
Diipti has had success in several major singing competitions, most recently as a semi finalist in the 2014 Elizabeth Connell Prize for Aspiring Dramatic Soprano’s. She was a semi finalist in 2011 and 2012 MTO German-Australia Opera Award, a semi finalist in the prestigious Australian Lieder Competition ‘Mietta Song Recital Award’ (2008), awarded second place in the South East Queensland Aria & Concerto Competition (2007), won the Senior Operatic Aria Music Teachers Association QLD (2007)
Diipti graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Honors) Performance and Pedagogy (2006) and Graduate Certificate in Music (2007) before earning her Graduate Diploma in Opera Performance (2009). She also studied privately in London with esteemed singing teacher Laura Sarti, in Berlin with Gundola Hintz, in Melbourne with Roxane Hislop and Rosamund Illing, in Brisbane with Jason Barry Smith and Prof Janet Del Pratt AM. During her studies she was generously supported by scholarships including Amy Alice McDonald Award International Study Grant 2013, Opus 50 Scholarship International Musical Study Grant 2012, Hans Henkell Scholarship Recipient 2010, Dr Francesco Castellano Operatic Italian Award 2008, Linda Edith Ellen Postgraduate Prize Operatic Scholarship 2007.
Diipti also enjoys singing teaching and choral conducting and has maintained a constant student basis ever since she started her own studio during University days. Throughout her teaching career she has taught in many different schools, namely St Ritas College Brisbane, AB Paterson College Gold Coast, St Catherines College Melbourne and since moving to Europe she now is the singing teacher at Berlin British School.
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