Mezzo Soprano Hayley Sugars commenced her vocal training at the University of Southern Queensland and subsequently undertook postgraduate study at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. During her studies, Hayley was the recipient of many academic and performance awards including the Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Scholarship (QCM) and the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Overseas Scholarship (USQ).
Hayley was a member of the Opera Queensland Young and Developing Artist Program (2007 – 2009) and has enjoyed success in national competitions, including performing as a finalist in the MacDonald’s Aria and the Dame Joan Sutherland Award. In 2010 Hayley won the German-Australian Opera Grant, which resulted in contracts with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Landestheater Coburg.
While in Germany, Hayley performed some 15 roles, including Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni -Mozart), Rinaldo (Rinaldo – Handel), Mrs Grose (Turn of the Screw – Britten), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini), Varvara (Katja Kabanova – Janacek), Flora Belvoix (La Traviata – Verdi), Mirabella (Der Zigeunerbaron – Strauss) and Suzuki (Madame Butterfly – Puccini), which was finalist in the prestigious German ‘Der Faust’ Awards. Since returning from Germany, Hayley understudied the role of Cinderella (Rossini) in OperaQ’s co-production with New Zealand Opera, performed the role of Gladys Moncrieff in OperaQ’s Waltzing Our Matilda, which toured throughout Queensland and performed the roles of Secretary and the Nurse in the Australian Premiere of The Perfect American, presented as part of the 2014 Brisbane Festival.