International success beckons for Queensland Conservatorium graduate Anastasia Bickel.

Mezzo-soprano Anastasia graduated from the Con in 2016 and recently signed a two-year contract with OperAvenir at Theatre Basel in Switzerland.

She will make her professional European debut in La Traviata, and will also perform in iconic operas including Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Strauss’ Elektra.

“This signing means the beginning of my career, so it’s very exciting!” says Anastasia, a recipient of the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Scholarship for Overseas Study.

This generous bequest is awarded to a Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University vocal student in Year 3 or higher, or a recent alumni who graduated no more than 15 months before the scholarship selection date.

“I’m thrilled to make my debut on the main stage and to observe my more experienced colleagues at work,” says Anastasia.

“I owe so much to my supportive and wise singing teacher, Dr Margaret Schindler. She transformed my singing and I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be here without her and I will be forever grateful,” says Anastasia.

“I also have always appreciated the support of Professor Lisa Gasteen, whose career inspires many of us at the Con.

“Despite the unbelievable heights she reached on the international stage, she is down to earth and very generous with her time and support.”