Ich warte bist du kommst, Janelle Colquhoun; Classical, Xavier Naidoo; Rap (mp3)
Opera-jazz singer; corporate and community speaker; MC; producer; writer
Janelle began her arts career while at school, performing with choirs, stage shows, dance revues and playing trumpet in jazz and concert bands. She studied to be an opera singer at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, and learnt the commercial side of music performing with choirs and ensembles and managing her vocal quartet for weddings and Christmas functions. In her post-graduate year, she moonlighted at World Expo’88 in Brisbane, singing with her a capella vocal quartet ‘The Metways’ and entertaining guests with her zany comedy character ’Janelley Melba – Roller-skating Opera Singer’.
At the end of Expo she accepted a full-time contract with the Australian Opera, where among highlights she sang in a trio with Dame Joan Sutherland in her farewell season at the Sydney Opera House. Two years and a number of successful national vocal competitions later she moved to Europe, where she sang with the Frankfurt Kammeroper and Darmstadt Oper, before accepting a full-time contract with Oper Frankfurt.
Six years later, due to health issues, Janelle returned to Brisbane. She sang with the Opera Queensland in a number of productions; sang the role of High Priestess in Michael Edgley’s production of Aida in the ANZ Stadium in 1997; was a principal in the IHOS Opera/Access Arts experimental opera ‘The Divine Kiss’ when it premiered in the 1998 Brisbane Festival and on its 1999 Hobart tour; formed Jazopra, the piano/vocal duo with the late jazz pianist, Jann Rutherford; the a capella soprano vocal trio ‘The Three Muses’; recorded 3 solo cds – ‘The Man I Love’, ‘Jazopra – From Sinatra to Sutherland’, and ‘Maybe this Time’ (with 100% of profits being donated to charity). In 2001 she sang the Strauss ‘Four Last Songs’ with the Brisbane Sinfonia as a fund-raiser for Diabetes Research, and in 2006, was honoured to be invited by the Australian Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce to perform a solo recital at Queensland Government House.
She has been invited as a conference speaker, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker, media spokesperson and singer to conferences, festivals and functions throughout Australia and in 2003 to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) World Diabetes Congress (WDC) in Paris; The Bermuda Diabetes 25th Anniversary Fund-raising Gala in Bermuda 2004 sponsored by Reg Grundy; an Australian Tourism launch in Seoul Korea 2005; the Baxter healthcare international manager’s meeting banquet in 2007 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago; the IDF WDC in Montreal 2009; concerts in Lenzburg Castle, St Gallen and Sion Switzerland for Bayer Diabetes Care 2010; the WDC in Dubai 2011 plus a vocal masterclass and concert for the Jumeirah Music School; was one of five artists representing Australia at Unlimited UK – the disability arts festival in conjunction with the London Paralympics 2012; the Interact Festival Auckland 2013; and the Bayer ‘DME Bootcamp’ for the international management team in Berlin 2014.
In 1999, Janelle established Salubrious Productions, an entertainment and production agency specialising in professional artists with a disability. She has produced over 1400 mainstream and disability events, including concerts, art exhibitions, launches, pantomimes, cabarets and a film. She has also held since 2002 contracts with the Brisbane City Council to produce the Brisbane Lunchtime Concert Series and other concert and library series.
Janelle has been invited and appointed to many arts, health and disability boards and committees, both in the not-for-profit and government sectors, and is well known for her lobbying and advocacy efforts.
Due to Janelle’s unique skills, talents and remarkable lifestory, she is regularly asked to deliver conference papers and give inspirational and motivational talks – mostly finishing with a song or three. Over 100 of her arts, disability and health articles have also been published, and she has won some short story competitions.
You can hear Janelle sing:
Adieu, mon doux ravage from L’African by Meyerbeyer
Ritorna vincitor from Aida by Verdi
Janelle Colquhoun sings National Anthems upon request:
For prices, availability, further details and to make a booking, please call or email Janelle at:
tel/fax: (07) 3855 3048
Mobile: 0414 3855 30
ABN: 22 896 553 565
Salubrious Productions thanks Arts Queensland for its generous support in the design of this web site.