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June Bronhill - Australian Coloratura Soprano

Biography
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Born June Gough in Broken Hill, N.S.W. on June 26, 1929. Changed her surname to Bronhill in recognition of her hometown whose people raised a considerable sum of money to send her to London in 1952 for vocal study with the famous tenor Dino Borgioli. In 1954 June auditioned with Sadler's Wells Opera and immediately became one of their principal coloratura sopranos. She remained with Sadler's Wells until 1961 during which time she appeared in many opera and operettas with that company. Her performance as "The Merry Widow" in 1958 saved the company from financial ruin. Besides touring the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, June remained the reigning superstar of the London musical stage for many years. She also did a lot of radio work for the B.B.C. during her years in the UK - appearing regularly on such shows as 'Friday Night is Music Night'. During the mid 1970's she returned to her native Australia to live. Her career continued unabated and once again June returned to the opera stage to sing leading roles in Rigoletto, Maria Stuarda, Don Pasquale, La Rondine, The Barber of Sevilla and Il Seraglio. All this in addition to club, concert and television appearances all around our Country. In 1981 she travelled to the UK just one more time to appear as the Mother Abbess in the London revival of "The Sound of Music". During the late 1980's June began to suffer health problems. She survived breast cancer but eventually had to retire in 1993 because of acute deafness. June Bronhill was awarded the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 for her contribution to music both in the United Kingdom and Australia.
June was a prolific recording artist and throughout her career recorded some 30 LP record albums, very few of which are presently available on compact disc unfortunately. However, Screensound Australia (National Screen and Sound Archive Canberra) have most of her commercial recordings, as well as some concert and club performances archived, and these can usually be purchased, subject to copyright approval, for personal use, although the cost is rather high. Check out the website below. To then access list of June's recordings - click on "Search the collection" then type in "Bronhill", where indicated beside artist name and the recordings will be listed.

www.screensound.gov.au

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