MS Linda Barcan

MS Linda Barcan


  • Emotion Expression in Vocal Performance
  • French Lyric Diction
  • Nineteenth Century Vocal Performance Practice
  • Vocal Pedagogy (anatomy & physiology)
  • Vocal Pedagogy (historical & comparative)



  • 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. Linda was also the recipient of a French Government scholarship to undertake further studies in France, leading to a two-year 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. 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. 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 Tea   


Member of

  • Musicological Society of Australia (MSA). Member, Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) 2011 - 2019
  • Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing. Member, Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing 2002 - 2019


Education and training

  • GradDipDramArt (Voice Studies), National Institute of Dramatic Art 2014
  • MMus (Vocal Pedagogy), Sydney Conservatorium of Music 2014
  • LMusA, Australian Music Examinations Board 2004
  • BA (Hons), The University of Newcastle 1994

Awards and honors

  • Norman MacGeorge Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Faculty Small Grants Scheme, University of Melbourne, 2017
  • Newton-John Alumni Awards: Finalist, University of Newcastle, 2015
  • University Medal, University of Newcastle, 1994
  • Australian Postgraduate Award (APA), University of Newcastle, 1993
  • French Government Teaching Assistantship, University of Newcastle, 1989



Available for supervision

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