Obituary: Australian Soprano Taryn Fiebig Dies at 49

By Francisco Salazar

Australian soprano Taryn Fiebig has died at the age of 49.

In 2017 the soprano was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and withdrew from a number of roles to undergo treatment. In 2018 she returned to the stage but the cancer returned and she passed away on March 20, 2021.

In a statement from the soprano’s family, the soprano died at home in Elizabeth Bay, NSW with her husband Jud Arthur, family members, and friends by her side.

Born in Perth on Feb. 1, 1972, Fiebig studied as a cellist at the University of Western Australia, before becoming a singer and joined the Young Artist Program at Opera Australia in 2004. She would become a principal soprano in 2005 and would remain with the company as a principal soprano until becoming a freelance artist in 2010.

With the company she performed such roles as Mozart’s Servilia in “La Clemenza di Tito,” Susanna in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Papagena and Pamina in “The Magic Flute,” Gianetta in “The Gondoliers,” as The Plaintiff in “Trial by Jury,” and Adele in “Die Fledermaus.” She also performed in recent productions of “Così Fan Tutte” and “Metamorphosis .”

Fiebig was also performed often with the Pinchgut Opera where she sang productions of “A Delicate Fire” and Handel’s “Farnace,” among others.

She also performed at the Adelaide Festival, West Australian Opera, New Zealand Opera, and in Singapore. She was also a frequent soloist with all the major Australian orchestras and in 2015, she performed in a concert at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Prince Charles.

She won two Helpmann Awards for her portrayal of Lucy Joy in Brett Dean’s opera “Bliss” and for Brian Howard’s “Metamophosis.”

In a statement Pinchgut Opera’s Artistic Director Erin Helyard said, “Taryn Fiebig was without question one of Australia’s greatest sopranos and she will forever be remembered as a superlative artist who lit up every stage she graced with her musicality, passion, and total commitment to the art. She excelled at every medium and genre she worked in, from seventeenth-century Italian opera to contemporary Australian works.”

Meanwhile, Opera Australia Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said, “It is with great sadness to hear of Taryn Fiebig’s passing. Taryn was an extremely talented artist and a wonderful human being. She lived her life with such grace and generosity and was an inspiration to us. My condolences to Jud and family.”

The soprano left a number of recordings including Old American Songs and a complete CD recording of “The Marriage of Figaro.” Her final album “On Eternal Love” was a collection of Romantic art song in collaboration with pianist Scott Davie and was released in late 2020.