Australian opera singer Jacqueline Dark dies at 55 after cancer battle – as David Campbell leads tributes

Acclaimed opera singer Jacqueline Dark has died at age 55 after a battle with cancer, the ABC reported on Wednesday.

According to the outlet, Dark, who hailed from Ballarat, died on October 3.

Her agent Patrick Togher reportedly said in a statement: “Jacqui’s magnificent voice and magnetic stage presence entrenched her place in Australia’s musical history; her indefatigably upbeat personality will be long remembered.”

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Also paying tribute was Today Extra co-host David Campbell, 50, who wrote on Instagram: ”So sad to hear that one of our great operatic voices has been silenced. RIP @jacquidark An amazing talent and a naughty sense of humour. My condolences to her family.”

“Her irrepressible humour and life and energy and musicality made her one of the greatest of Australian mezzos,” Artistic Director of Pinchgut Opera Erin Helyard said, the ABC reported.

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According to The Australian, tenor Kanen Breen – the father of her son – also paid tribute to her. 

“The love of her life was our boy Xander and, from the moment he existed, she did it all for him,” Breen said in a statement.

He reportedly added on Facebook: ”She took her last heroic breaths surrounded by profound peace and profound love.”

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Jacqueline Dark

Dark had an incredible career and performed in opera and musical theatre and was once the recipient of a Helpmann Award.

She also appeared on the shows So You Think You Can Dance and Spicks and Specks.

She performed for the likes of Opera Australia, Victorian State Opera and the Vienna State Opera.

Dark reportedly took a break from performing in 2022 to have treatment. 

She reportedly battled a rare form of cancer before her death.