Talia Garrett-Benson is a skilled performer, accomplished multi-instrumentalist and skilled musicologist. In 2022, she graduated from a Bachelor of Music (Honours Class I.)/Bachelor of Science (Honours Class I.) (majoring in Classical Voice and Computer Science respectively) at UQ under the tutelage of Dr. Shaun Brown.
She is an experienced soloist, having recently performed in June 2023 as mezzo-soprano soloist in Duruflé’s Requiem and Fauré’s Messe Basse. Talia was also the mezzo-soprano soloist in the Queensland premiere in QPAC of Deborah Cheetham’s Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace, and in performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Ascension Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria at St John’s Cathedral. Talia received the Conductor's Encouragement Prize in the 2023 RMP Aria competition.
Talia has performed several operatic roles, including Marcellina in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Frugola in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and La Ciesca in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. During her time at UQ, she won the Music Honours Prize, the Donald Tugby Musicology Prize, and the Ethel Osborn Prize for Voice, twice. She is also a professional organist, having studied under Christopher Wrench and is currently the organist at St Patrick’s Church in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.