IOpera is an incorporated not-for-profit performing society (Inc. No. A0051907G) formed in 2007 by Peter Tregear and Gert Reifarth. We mount productions of chamber operatic works from the fringes of the repertoire, with the ultimate aim to increase access to and interest in opera as a vibrant and relevant contemporary art form, particularly among young people.
Currently living and working in Canberra, Peter is the Head of The School of Music at ANU. He is a former lecturer in music at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge , and has worked extensively as a singer, conductor, and academic, in opera and music theatre.
He has particular research interests in music between the two world wars, and the music criticism of Edward Said. In 2001 he conducted the UK stage premiere of Max Brand’s Maschinist Hopkins at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London to international acclaim, and in 2005 he he conducted the first ever performance in English of Venyamin Fleishmann’s opera Rothschild’s Violin in Cambridge.
Stage roles include Belcore (L’Elisir d’amore), Pluto (L’Orfeo), Marchese D’Obigny (La Traviata), Drebednyov (Moscow Cheryomushki) and Don Poppone (La Diavolessa). Recent engagements include performances with the Tallis Scholars, Victoria Opera, and Melbourne Opera, and performances in Israel and the West Bank as a soloist with the Choir of London.
German born and educated, Gert has worked as a lecturer in German and Cultural Studies in Germany, Ireland and at the University of Melbourne in Australia. At present he teaches German at Scotch College, Melbourne.
He was the stage director of Erwin and Elmire, IOpera’s first ever production, in 2008. He also directed and co-produced the company’s 2012 Emperor of Atlantis.
As a director and producer, Gert’s credits include plays by Peter Hacks, Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Bertolt Brecht. As a Writer/Director his work Who’s afraid of Harry Heine? A Radio-play-live-on-stage about the Last Romantic, was performed in October 2006 at the Open Stage in Melbourne. Herakles High 5, written with Xan Colman, was performed in 2010 at the Meat Market under the direction of both writers.
Gert has also published extensively about German literature, poetry and theatre practise. Among other things, he has written a book on political fairy tales in the GDR and edited another on German poetry.