Mezzo-soprano Linda Barcan trained at the Conservatorium of Newcastle, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Linda received the University Medal from the University of Newcastle, and in 2015 was a finalist in the University of Newcastle’s Alumni Awards.
Early in her career, Linda was the recipient of a French Government scholarship to undertake further studies in France, leading to a two-year performance engagement with the Opéra de Lyon. On her return to Australia, Linda performed for many years with Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the Victorian Arts Centre.
Linda’s affinity for 20th and 21st century opera led to appearances in Christina’s World (Sydney Chamber Opera), Abelard and Heloise (Opera Hunter), Pecan Summer (Short Black Opera) and The Emperor of Atlantis (Lost & Found Opera). She has performed in concert for numerous companies, festivals and art song and Lieder societies in Australia, France and South-East Asia. As a specialist in French vocal repertoire, Linda has frequently appeared in French cultural and diplomatic circles (the French Navy, the French Consulate, the French Embassy), and for branches of the Alliance Française nationwide.
Sought after as a workshop and masterclass facilitator in secondary, tertiary and adult education and community as well as for community and cultural outreach programs, Linda has presented for the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (NSW and WA chapters), Australian Music Examinations Board of Victoria, University of Western Australia, UWA Choral Society, All Saints College, Genevan Consort, Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, ABMUSIC, McDonald College of the Performing Arts, Actors College of Theatre and Television (ACTT), Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO).
Linda is an experienced adjudicator, having served on juries for eisteddfodau and singing competitions Australia-wide including the Mathy Awards of the Australian Singing Competition (WA Heats), North of Perth Eisteddfod, West Australian Performing Arts Eisteddfod, Fremantle Eisteddfod, Kwinana Eisteddfod, City of Parramatta Eisteddfod, St George Eisteddfod, Northern Beaches Eisteddfod, Macarthur District Eisteddfod, Ravenswood School for Girls Music Festival, Presbyterian Ladies College Sydney Vocal Competition, Outstanding Soloist Competition (Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School), Royal Over-Seas League Competition (Royal Schools Music Club), and the Julie Michael Cabaret Prize, the Barbara Macleod Scholarship and the Helen Court Scholarship hosted by the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2019 Linda was a Music Assessor for the VicArts Advisory Assessment Panel of Creative Victoria.
A dedicated teacher, Linda has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Academy, the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), the Actor’s College of Theatre and Television (ACTT), Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). For nine years Linda held a position as Lecturer in Voice at WAAPA, teaching into the Classical Voice, Music Theatre and Acting departments. Linda is currently Lecturer in Music (Voice) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, the University of Melbourne.
All adjudicators are carefully selected by the committee, and are chosen on the following grounds:
Teachers of classical voice, working with pre-tertiary or early tertiary students
Experience teaching at a VCE level
Do not hold a leadership position in voice or VCE at any state or private day school
Are not a current VCAA Assessor of Classical Voice or Music Performance
Are not directly affiliated with VCAA
These parameters for selection are put in to place to ensure transparency and fairness in competition and beyond.