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June Bronhill

June Bronhill

(26 June 1929 – 24 January 2005)

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Born June Mary Gough in the City of Broken Hill in New South Wales, Australia, she later changed her name to June “Bronhill.”

She was to become one of Australia's most loved sopranos.

This was to thank her home town for its support in raising the money for her to go overseas to study and train as a professional singer…a tradition started with Nellie (Porter) Melba (Melbourne) and Florence (Wilson) Austral. (Australia).

She trained in London and was quickly engaged by the Sadler’s Wells Opera in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro. She also sang leading roles in Die Fledermaus, The Gypsy Baron, The Telephone, Flotow's Martha and Hänsel und Gretel.

Thereafter despite her original intention to sing opera her career took a right turn and she became a major star of classic musicals.  

Her roles in Offenbach's operas included Eurydice in Orpheus in the Underworld in an outrageously funny, updated production and the role of Gabrielle in La Vie Parisienne.

In 1964 June Bronhill appeared in a major production as Elizabeth in the musical Robert and Elizabeth at the London Lyric Theatre. She also appeared in England in two Ivor Novello musicals, Glamorous Night and The Dancing Years- but it was in the Merry Widow that she had one of her major successes playing Hanna Glawari.

Hanna's song Vilja became one of June Bronhill's calling cards at concerts and recitals - she jokingly referred to it as "June's tune".

Later, she was Australia’s first Maria Von Trapp and she also played Gilda in Rigoletto in 1975 in the Sydney Opera House as well as appearing in operas such as Il Seraglio and Maria Stuarda.

She finished her career again playing operetta roles in Australia where she had moved back to live, and played comedy roles on TV and on stage.

She passed away in 2005. At the time of her passing she was one of Australia’s most beloved and versatile stars.  

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