“Bourne was brilliantly in control. One hopes that this was not a once only event … fascinating … ” (The Age, Sept. 99)
“Soprano Tracy Bourne sang … with an incisiveness that contrasted very clearly with the lushness of the string writing, the clarity and truth of Bourne’s voice slicing through the quartet’s ripe polyphony.” (The Age, Oct. 98)
Tracy Bourne’s Australian and world premieres of contemporary music have won her wide acclaim. She has worked for Chamber Made Opera, Next Wave Festival, Libra Ensemble, Melbourne International Festival, the ABC and others. She has completed a B.Mus. (vocal) from Queensland Conservatorium, Dip. Dram. Arts (acting) from VCA Drama School and a M.Mus (perf) from Melbourne University.
She moved to Ballarat in 2000 to take up the position of Lecturer in Singing at the University of Ballarat, now Federation University, training many music theatre performers who have since worked professionally in Australia and overseas. During her time in Ballarat, Tracy wrote and directed new music theatre work in response to social and environmental issues and established SEAM Inc. (Sustainable Environment Arts Movement), an organisation that creates art project that engage communities with issues of climate change.
Since moving to the Canberra region in 2015, she has been an active member of the Canberra performing arts community, working as an actor in several creative developments at The Street Theatre. She premiered the role of Caroline in Exclusion by David Atfield at The Street Theatre (2018), and performed as part of ‘In Harmonia Progressia’ by Duto Hardono at the National Gallery of Australia (2019). She has been awarded funding from Arts ACT to develop new works, most recently re-imagining the opera The Human Voice by Poulenc/Cocteau.