patrick togher, director
BEc. LLB (Syd)
Patrick Togher was born in Sydney and graduated in Law and Economics from the University of Sydney.
Whilst studying, he began performing as an operatic and concert tenor – singing his first professional role aged 18. Subsequently, he built up an impressive list of credits with Australia and New Zealand’s leading performing companies. For the Australian Opera (now Opera Australia), Patrick established a repertoire of over 30 roles specialising in Wagner, Strauss and 20th Century Music. He appeared frequently with all the major opera and theatre companies in Australasia and was a regular guest soloist with the ABC Orchestras.
Whilst a resident artist at OA, he served as union delegate for the principal singers (1991-94) and became the inaugural Chairman of the Artists’ Joint Consultative Committee (1993).
In 1994, Patrick Togher accepted an invitation to sing Ubaldo Piangi in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. After nearly 1000 performances in Sydney and Brisbane, Patrick was engaged to play the same role in London’s West End; he later returned to Australia with his young family upon deciding to change direction - from performer to manager.
Patrick Togher Artists’ Management was founded in 1998 by Patrick Togher and Romola Tyrrell. Since then, many leading Australian and international performers have joined its stable of artists and are regularly engaged by major organizations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
romola tyrrell, director
BMus (Syd) GradDipOpArt (Syd)
Romola Tyrrell enjoyed a career as one of Australia’s most experienced vocal artists.
On the concert platform, she sang the works of Mozart, Bach and Handel with Australia and New Zealand’s leading choral associations and symphony orchestras. For Sydney Philharmonia, she took the soprano solos in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Handel’s Samson and Dixit Dominus, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Purcell’s The Masque in Dioclesian and many others. Regular appearances with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra included Amor in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Britten’s Les Illuminations and ABC Family Concerts. Distinguished conductors with whom she worked included Sir David Willcocks, Jurgen Jurgens and Peter Seymour O.B.E.
Romola sang the role of Donna Maria in the ABC’s television opera Quiros by Peter Sculthorpe. She recorded regularly for the ABC and 2MBS-FM and was a founding member both of The Song Company and Voiceworks. The Australian Ballet engaged her to perform Songs of the Auvergne as an accompaniment to Of Blessed Memory.
Operatic appearances included Micaela in Carmen and Countess Stasi in The Gypsy Princess for State Opera of South Australia, Yum-Yum in The Mikado for West Australian Opera, Ilia in Idomeneo for Sydney University and the title role in The Gypsy Princess for Dunedin Opera Company, New Zealand.
In 1998, Romola co-founded Patrick Togher Artists’ Management.
megan steller, artist manager
Megan Steller is an artist manager, writer and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. Her online magazine Rehearsal is rapidly becoming a leading platform for music students - providing mentoring opportunities and promoting honest discussion around mental health and success in the classical music industry.
Having completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne as a pianist and repetiteur, Megan is now passionate about assisting students find their place in the industry by developing their skill set beyond the stage and working in a collaborative producer role for local and visiting artists. As a journalist, Megan has been published in Limelight Magazine and The Music, and has worked as a freelance manager for several major ensembles and organisations such as The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Musica Viva, Melbourne Youth Orchestras and Orchestra Victoria. With skills ranging from event and concert management to social media curation and copywriting, Megan is passionate about creating dynamic careers and projects for performers and creatives.
She is currently Artist Manager at Patrick Togher Artists' Management and runs the organization’s Melbourne operations.