Born in Australia, Liane received an award from the Opera Foundation Australia and a Shell Royal Covent Garden Scholarship, which enabled her to study at the National Opera Studio, London. She attended the AIMS summer School in Graz, Austria, on the Opera Australia Foundation Scholarship and in 1997, she won a Bayreuth Bursary from the Wagner Society of Great Britain.
Liane came to the attention of both critics and public alike with roles including Azucena (Il trovatore) for Opera of South Australia and Ulrica (A Masked Ball) for Opera Australia conducted by Simone Young. This was soon followed by Mistress Quickly in Minnesota Sommerfest’s production of Falstaff conducted by Jeffrey Tate, and Suzuki (Madam Butterfly) with Opera North. Other highlights include First Norn (Götterdämmerung) for the Stuttgart State Theatre and English National Opera, Offred’s Mother in Poul Ruders’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Rosa Mamai (Cilea’s L’Arlesiana), Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro) for Opera Holland Park, London, Filipjevna (Eugene Onegin), Klytemnestra (Elektra), and Brigitte (Die tote Stadt). As a member of the ensemble of Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2008 to 2012, Liane sang, among many other roles, Siegrune (The Ring), Adelaide (Arabella), Madelon (Andrea Chénier), Mother Jeanne (Dialogues of the Carmelites), Mayor’s Wife (Jenůfa), Anna (The Trojans), Emilia (Otello), Mary (The Flying Dutchman) and Lucia (Cavalleria rusticana).
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