Born in Australia, Lyric-Coloratura Mezzo-Soprano, Allegra Giagu, made her Sydney Opera House début at eleven years old—joining Gondwana Voices, the Sydney Children's Choir and Opera Australia—engaged by the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the Huntington Estate Music Festival and as a soloist for the Sydney Symphony, under Edo de Waart.
Allegra stepped into the media spotlight when Leo Schofield selected her to represent the Australian and British Commonwealth as soloist for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo—Salute to Australia. These performances were the catalyst not only for a collaboration with Dame Judi Dench and Classic FM for the Story of Christmas Appeal, but also for Allegra's decade-long relocation to London—attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music.
After a period of development in New York with coaches from the Metropolitan Opera and LA Opera, Allegra returned to Australia as a Gertrude Johnson Fellow and later as a Henkell Family Associate Artist with Gertrude Opera. In the same year Allegra also won the Harold Fisher Memorial Opera Scholarship awarded by B'Nai B'rith and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She is a current recipient of the Fay Marles Scholarship from the University of Melbourne for her Doctoral Research into eighteenth-century Art and Folk Music from the Spanish Empire.
Allegra makes her ABC Classic debut this season with Evergreen Ensemble and Concerto Caledonia, and their album Curious Caledonians, journeying into the sound world of colonial Australia with music drawn from the music collections of Sydney Living Museums and the State Library of New South Wales. Allegra has also made her Pinchgut Opera debut in a Triple Bill directed by American sensation Crystal Manich; and has performed roles, including Donna Eleonora (Prima la musica, poi le parole) for Gertrude Opera directed by Jeremy Stanford, and Charlotte (Werther) with Kate Millett for Blanche Knochen Opera.
Recent performances of note include the Trinity Project for Boho Strings at De Bijloke Concertzaal in Ghent; premiering John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man—Seven Poems of Bob Dylan at Holywell Music Room for Oxford Lieder; and consecutive years at the Edinburgh Festival for EdFringe as Dorabella (Così fan Tutte), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro) with Opera dei Lumi, and Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) with Black Cat Opera.
On London's West End, in Germany and Australia, Allegra performed The Carnival—A Circus Opera; and in Vienna, Photo Socrates—an avant-garde chamber opera by Canadian composer, Clio Montrey. In Melbourne, she performed Verdi's Macbeth arranged for rock guitar and amplified strings by Peter Stopschinski, directed by Luke Leonard of Monk Parrots, New York City.
Beyond the stage, Allegra is known for her evocative performance on Dario Marianelli’s Oscar Nominated and Ivor Award winning Anna Karenina soundtrack, and her contribution to FOXTEL mini-series Fighting Season. She recorded vocals for Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, Peter Weir's Master and Commander; Neil Finn, Russell Crowe and Richard Tognetti; GUCCI, the ABC, Channel 7, Channel Ten, BBC Radio 4, RUSSH magazine at Sydney Opera House, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and QANTAS.
In print, Allegra has appeared in the New York Times photographed by the late Bill Cunningham, The Age, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, LIMELIGHT, The Stage and others at home and abroad.