Barbara Zavros graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts. As a student at the college she was a recipient of the Athenaeum Award, Margaret Sutherland Bursary Award, Murray Ormond Vagg Scholarship and the Mabel Kent Estate Award.
In 2004 Barbara was a finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, where she was awarded a full scholarship to complete a Masters of Music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2005/2006.
Since 2008 Barbara has been a finalist in many of Australia’s singing competitions including the Opera Awards, Opera Foundation’s German and New York Scholarships, Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria, and in 2011 Barbara was the winner of the 87th Herald Sun Aria.
After completing her formal studies, Barbara performed with Opera Australia’s OzOpera Schools Tour in Victoria for several years. Her operatic roles with the company include Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Catherine/Cassandra (The Sound Garden), Clown/Juggler (Sid the Serpent), Gretel/Witch/Mother/Fairy (Hansel and Gretel).
Other operatic roles include Tamiri (Il Re Pastore), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Micaela (Carmen). For Victorian Opera Barbara has covered Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze Di Figaro) and covered and performed the role of Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress).
Barbara has also performed the role of Leila (The Pearl Fishers) for Melbourne Opera and recently appeared with the Australia International Opera Company in the role of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro on tour in China.