About the Author
Blair Edgar was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1940.
For over forty years he worked with beginning and aspirant Actors and Opera Singers as well as balancing parallel careers as Actor, Stage Manager, Stage Director, Director, Academic and Writer. He describes his working life as having been “A Jack of all Theatre Trades, from making performances, teaching the performers, writing criticisms about Theatre, Music, Opera and Dance, and broadcasting on radio.”
His working life took him to the USA, the UK, Europe, all States of Australia and New Zealand. Inevitably each time he returned to Australia it was to another crop of young Singers, Actors and Dancers all looking toward careers in the theatre.
During the latter 1960s and through the 1970s his innovative teaching methods cut a swathe through the established way of ‘training’ Opera Singers. Mostly they were being taught how to change places so that they could always see the Conductor as well as the traditional acting and gestures for specific roles. As graduates began to achieve successes on the Australian and World stages his methods were viewed in a new light.
The Australian National Theatre Opera School, the Melba Memorial Conservatorium of Music and the Victorian College of the Arts School of Opera all benefited from his ideas, teaching and experiences. He was also called upon to give Master Classes in various parts of the world.
He was invited to Lecture in Media, Theatre and Communication Studies in Teacher Education for Teachers of Technical and Arts subjects. That involvement lasted for twenty one years, alongside his on-going commitment to the world of Opera. It meant that he was as the cutting edge of innovative Educational thought.
As a Director he had a repertoire of thirty two Operas and sixty four Plays.
Blair Edgar says: “I have only one talent and that is being able to recognise talent in others. Real talent is a rare commodity, I love talent and when you find it, it must be nurtured. I will always fight for it.”
For forty three years, he greeted those young hopeful faces and led them into the world where many of them were to find careers. In 1992 he was awarded an OAM [Medal of the Order of the Australia] “For Services to Education and the Performing Arts.”