… the most glorious moment is Australian soprano Lorina Gore’s transfixing, mesmerising performance as Ophelia, she is on stage singing her heart out about being loved then rejected by Hamlet. Gore is spellbinding, and while our feelings for Hamlet may fluctuate, there is no doubt our hearts and sympathy are with Ophelia. Gore makes the most of Dean’s music as she finds unique vocal ways to express her torment.
Greg Elliot – In Daily Adelaide– March 2018
Acclaimed Helpmann and Green Room Award winning Australian soprano Lorina Gore completed her postgraduate voice studies at the Australian National University in Canberra and at the National Opera Studio in London. She has won numerous prestigious opera awards, including the Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship (AOAC 2012), the Opera Awards (Music & Opera Singers Trust 2010), Robert & Betty Saltzer Prize (Opera Foundation Australia 2004), Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship (Opera Foundation 2003), 2nd prize in the Herald-Sun Aria (2002 and 2004), the Lady Galleghan Scholarship for Voice, the Frank and Viola Tait Scholarship, the Phoebe Patrick Award, and first place in the Australian National Aria Competition.
Lorina joined Opera Australia in 2008 as a principal artist and has since performed many roles including: Queen of Night Die Zauberflöte, Die Fiakermilli Arabella, Amina La sonnambula, Lisa La sonnambula, Leila Les pêcheurs de perles, Tytania A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Honey B Bliss; (in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival), Pip in Moby Dick and Marzelline Fidelio, for the State Opera of South Australia, the latter for which she received a Helpmann Award nomination.
Her international performances include the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor for Iford Arts, Fiakermilli Arabella for Garsington Opera, Giulia La Scala di Seta for Independent Opera, Blonde Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Agilea Teseo and Sandrina L'infedeltà delusa for English Touring Opera, and performances of Norina Don Pasquale and Violetta La Traviata for New Zealand Opera.
In concert, Lorina has appeared as soprano soloist with the Sydney Philharmonia, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic, Collegium Musicum Choir, Melbourne Bach Choir and the Sydney, Darwin, Canberra, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. She is regularly invited to perform in Japan, China and Vietnam and has recorded highlights from Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with Yvonne Kenny for ABC Classics. She appeared in Handel's Rodelinda conducted by Maestro Richard Bonynge and appeared with the Sydney and Adelaide Symphonies and Hong Kong Philharmonic in their Bernstein 100th Celebration concerts.
Her 2017 performance as Roxana in Krol Roger, earned her both highly coveted Helpmann and Green Room Awards. Her 2018 debut with Adelaide Festival performing Ophelia in the Australian premiere of Brett Dean’s Hamlet, earnt her a second Helpmann Award, with critics unanimously claiming her as "spellbinding and transfixing." Later in 2018, Lorina utilises her Hamlet/Ophelia talents to appears in the Celebrating Brett Dean concert at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.
Lorina recently released a successful new album with ABC Classics and TSO entitled A Toast to Melba, celebrating the legendary singer.
In 2019, Lorina debuts the roles of Marie in Wozzeck and Corinna in Il viaggio a reims, as well reprising the role of Musetta in La Boheme for Opera Australia.