Dimity Shepherd is a graduate of the West Australian Academy of the Performing Arts and made her professional operatic debut for Opera Australia in 1998, singing the role of Rosina in the company’s Oz Opera production of The Barber of Seville. Since then Dimity has gone on to establish herself as a highly acclaimed performer of operatic repertoire of all periods from baroque through to contemporary works.
Dimity created the title role in the world premiere season of Jonathan Mill’s The Ghost Wife for the 1999 Melbourne Festival, performances she repeated at the 2000 Adelaide Festival and at the 2001 Sydney Festival.
During 2001 Dimity Shepherd was engaged by the Jun St. Polter Oper in Vienna to sing Ruggiero in Alcina and appeared in Oz Opera’s production of David Hobson’s Remembering Rosie which was recorded for the ABC.
In 2002 she sang the role of Tisbe in Cenorentola for Opera Queensland, and that same year, returned to her role in The Ghostwife for its season at the Barbican in London’s BITE02 festival. Of these performances The Times said, “Dimity Shepherd is brilliant in the role. She creates a heartbreaking yet flawed figure and her vocal insensity underlines the music’s strange lyricism”, while The Guardian wrote, “Shepherd is absolutely compelling…the musical and dramatic core of the piece” and Opera Magazine wrote, “Shepherd gives a remarkable performance”.
Dimity originated in the role of Rebecca in Opera Australia’s world premiere seasons of Paul Grabowsky’s Love in the Age of Therapy for the 2002 Melbourne International Festival and the 2003 Sydney Festival, and in 2004, appeared as Cherubino in Opera Australia’s Sydney season of The Marriage of Figaro.
2006 included the role of Carmen for Oz Opera, a role she reprised in 2011 for Melbourne Opera, and Stephano in Romeo and Juliet for Opera Queensland. She returned to Opera Queensland in 2014 to sing Maddalena in Rigoletto.
Since 2007, Dimity has developed a strong relationship with Victorian Opera, performing the roles of Orphee in Gluck’s Orphee & Eurydice, Alice in Through the Looking Glass, Arsamene in Xerxes, Nireno in Julius Caesar, Lucy in The Threepenny Opera (a role she returned to in the subsequent Malthouse/Sydney Theatre Company season in 2011 and for which she was nominated for the prestigious Helpmann Award), Mercurius in Der Streit Zwischen Pheobus und Pan, Jazz in How to Kill Your Husband, Clara Johnson in Midnight Son, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, the Second Secretary in Nixon in China, three principal roles in Sunday in the Park with George and Flora in La Traviata. In 2014 Dimity appeared in Victorian Opera’s world premiere of The Riders, and in 2015, will appear as The Beggar Woman in their production of Sweeney Todd.
Dimity is a three time Green Room Award Winner and a Churchill Fellow.