Trained in opera at the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne-born soprano Vanessa West debuted internationally in Italy in 2003 in Puccini’s epic classic, Turandot. and Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata in Florence with the L’estate Fiesolana Opera Festival. Vanessa returned to Italy in 2004 to perform in the ‘Australian Opera Gala’ Concert series with Rome’s Festival Euro Mediterraneo, and in 2005 was based in Florence after being awarded the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Award courtesy of the Acclaim Awards.
In 2005 Vanessa also performed in various concerts including the 51st Puccini Festival, (Torre del Lago) and has worked extensively with Melbourne Opera Company, performing the roles of Fiordiligi in Così Fan Tutte, Gilda in Rigoletto, 1st Lady in The Magic Flute and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Vanessa also performed the role of Donna Anna more than 60 times in Co-Opera’s Australian and Asian tours of Don Giovanni. Vanessa debuted in the title role of Melbourne Opera’s 2007 touring production of Madama Butterfly and performed the role of the Countess in their 2008 production of The Marriage of Figaro to excellent reviews.
Vanessa regularly performs in the operatic group ‘DivasInc’ and has also written and regularly performs in her own one- woman-show: “Puccini’s Women; The life of Puccini through the eyes of his lovers”. Her latest project – an album in production reflecting a grand collision of 70s and 80s songs and operatic style. Vanessa’s bringing back iconic songs by artists and legendary groups of this era with her unique vocal talent and stirring orchestral arrangements.