All of the wonderful artists who perform at Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight donate their time to support the event and kids who are blind or have low vision.
Read our performers for the 2020 event. More to be announced soon.
Born in Italy, Silvia Colloca’s career began in Rome where she performed in several stage and musical theatre productions of national scale. Silvia first came to international prominence as Dracula’s Queen Bride in the feature film VAN HELSING alongside Hugh Jackman. She went on to co-star in THE DETONATOR opposite Wesley Snipes, in David Leland’s VIRGIN TERRITORY alongside Tim Roth, and in the camp classic VAMPIRE KILLERS for legendary UK producer Steven Clark-Hall.
Silvia’s television credits include guest roles in the ABC’s acclaimed series RAKE starring Richard Roxburgh, the ABC’s medical drama PULSE, PACKED THE RAFTERS and COPS LAC. Prior to these productions Silvia appeared as a series regular in the Italian television series L’AVVOCATO.
Silvia is a trained opera singer having graduated from the Scuola Musicale in Milan. Throughout 2008 and 2009 Silvia toured the United Kingdom with NIGHT AT THE OPERA which played at the iconic London Palladium, and accompanied virtuoso violinist David Garrett in his German ENCORE tour. Silvia’s Australian opera credits include the opera lovers’ favourite ORFEO ED EURIDICE which was uniquely staged throughout the chambers of the Art Gallery of NSW as part of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum Now Festival. The three woman opera was a dynamic and modern interpretation of the classic opera; and Opera Queensland’s gripping reimagining of SNOW WHITE.
Silvia Australian film credits include NERVE, which premiered at the Sydney film festival in 2013 and Aaron Wilson’s TRIPLE HAPPINESS, which was released in 2015.
Silvia's Australian theatre credits include BLOOD WEDDING for the Malthouse Theatre and THE BULL, THE MOON AND THE CORONET OF STARS for Griffin Theatre.
Alongside her acting career, Silvia is an established and well known cook. In 2014 she launched her incredibly popular cooking series MADE IN ITALY which screened on SBS. The series was co-created, co-written, co-produced, and hosted by Silvia, and saw her receive a Logie nomination for the Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer in 2015. Silvia’s second cooking series SILVIA’S ITALIAN TABLE screened on the ABC in 2016. More recently Silvia produced and hosted COOK LIKE AN ITALIAN for SBS Food. The program was hugely popular and has just finished shooting a second series this year.
Silvia’s cooking career has also seen her publish three cookbooks through Penguin Books, SILVIA’S CUCINA in 2013, MADE IN ITALY in 2014, and her most recent release LA DOLCE VITA. She has also been a regular contributor to Delicious and Delicious on Sunday since 2014.
Australian tenor and composer David Hobson is one of Australia’s best known operatic and recording artists.
He has sung many roles for Opera Australia including his award-winning performances as Rodolfo (La Boheme) and the title role in Orphee. Other roles include Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte), Count Almaviva (The Barber of Saville), Nadir (Pearl Fishers), Frederic (The Pirates of Penzance), The Architect - in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder, Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Aristaeus/Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), the title role in Candide and, Danilo in Opera Queensland’s The Merry Widow.
David has crossed over in to the area of music theatre playing the lead role of Caractacus Potts in the national tour Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Buddy in the concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies and Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl.
Special engagements include a performance in the Great Hall, Canberra for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, and singing the national anthem at varied sporting events. He is also well known from his appearances on Carols by Candlelight. Much in demand as a solo concert performer David has toured nationally with Yvonne Kenny, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Lisa McCune and Rachael Beck.
David has recorded numerous albums with many reaching No 1 chart status and has won awards including Operatic Performer of the Year, the Sydney Critics Circle Award, The Age Performing Arts Award for Best Performer in Opera and an Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Award.
Next year, David will tour the country separately with close friends Marina Prior and Colin Lane.
Dami Im is one of Australia’s most respected artists. A piano virtuoso, she also has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Voice, and first captured our attention and hearts when she won The X Factor Australia in 2013 (“to me that feels like a lifetime ago, and I’ve learned so many things along the way, including who I want to be as an artist”).
Her self-titled debut album and single ‘Alive’ both debuted at #1 on the ARIA charts, and she went on to release three more acclaimed studio albums, performing all around the world. In 2016, Dami became ‘Eurovision Royalty’ when she earned the highest score ever achieved by an Australian entry, and her single ‘Sound of Silence’ charted globally.
Dami’s recent third tour success (her national ‘Dreamer Tour’), a fun appearance on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ this year (“that was so hard, but I’m glad I did it!”), and a dedicated fan base (‘the Dami Army’) are indicative of some career highs for her, the new single and album a scheduled for early 2021, signalling new adventures which await our enduring Aussie artist.
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia’s most versatile and talented entertainers.
Her first theatrical role was Eponine in the Australasian tour of Les Misérables at the age of eighteen. She was then invited to perform the same role in the London production. In 1997, Silvie returned to London where she performed the role of Fantine in Les Miserables for a successful two-year season.
Silvie’s Australian credits include the roles of: Jeannie in Hair, Grizabella in Cats, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Donna in the smash hit Mamma Mia!, Rita in Sideshow Alley, Clara in Passion and for The Production Company: Lady Thiang in The King And I, Florence in Chess (Green Room and Helpmann Award nominations) and Jerry’s Girls.
Silvie has performed at many special events such as the world-wide telecast of the Rugby League Grand Final, the Australian Football League Grand Final, Boxing Day Cricket Test, the President’s Cup Golf tournament and a concert in Beijing, as part of the 2008 Olympics.
Silvie’s concert credits include performances with symphony orchestras throughout Australia, internationally with the Salvation Army Band, a solo concert tour of China and tours with international performers, Patrizio Buanne and Michael Bolton. She has also performed for celebrated theatre composers Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz. Her one-woman shows Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand (Green Room Award nomination) and Silvie Paladino - The Songs of Eva Cassidy have received rave reviews.
Apart from her theatrical credits, she is well known to Australian audiences through her regular television appearances including Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network.
Her recordings include Silvie Paladino Sings Streisand, Silvie Paladino - Christmas List, On My Own, When You Believe, I Give You My Heart, O Holy Night and Take My Breath Away – The Songs of Eva Cassidy.
Early next year, Silvie will recreate her role in Chess for The Very Popular Theatre Company in Newcastle.
Marina Prior is known as Australia’s Leading Lady of Musical Theatre.
Marina’s first professional audition resulted in her first lead role - that of Mabel The Pirates of Penzance. She was subsequently invited to perform the role of Guinevere opposite Richard Harris in Camelot. Since then she has performed over thirty lead roles throughout Australia. Possibly her most memorable being the role of Christine Daae, in the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera, which she performed for three years.
Other roles include Jellylorum in Cats, Cosette in, Hope Harcourt in Anything Goes, Maria in West Side Story, Lily in The Secret Garden, Magnolia in Showboat, Miss Adelaide in Guys And Dolls, , Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins, Baroness Schraeder in The Sound of Music , Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, and, more recently, the role of Mrs. Meers in Thoroughly Modern Millie for The Production Company.
For Melbourne Theatre Company, Marina has played the roles of Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Elmire in The Hypocrite, Frances in Jumpy and Judith Bliss in Hayfever.
Marina has performed with symphony orchestras throughout Australia including a critically acclaimed Australasian concert tours with international tenor, José Carreras and international vocal group, Il Divo.
She is also well known to television audiences through her appearances on such shows as Carols by Candlelight, as a judge on Channel Seven’s It Takes Two and as Iris in The ABC series The Divorce.
In 1999, Marina was guest of honour for the television program This Is Your Life which paid tribute to her career so far. Over her career, she has received numerous awards including the Advance Australia Award for her contribution to the performing arts and was inducted into Australia’s 100 Entertainers of the Century.
Earlier this year, Marina was cast as the lead role of Violet Newstead in the Dolly Parton musical, 9 to 5. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the production has been postponed.
As winner on The Voice Season 9 in 2020, singer - songwriter; Chris Sebastian captured the attention and the hearts of Australians nationwide, both for his incredible talent, and his gracious, likeable nature. Chris recently toured his stripped back, acoustic style show across NSW and the ACT. Fans have been drawn to Chris not only through his stunning vocals, but his trademark honest connection with his audience.