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, Griffith University.
During her studies, Hayley was the recipient of many academic and performance awards including the Elizabeth Muir Postgraduate Scholarship and the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Overseas Scholarship.
Hayley was a member of the Opera Queensland Young and Developing Artist Program from 2007 to 2009, and has enjoyed success in national competitions, including winning the German-Australian Opera Grant in 2010. This success resulted in contracts with the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Landestheater Coburg.
Operatic repertoire includes Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Rinaldo, Mrs Grose in The Turn of the Screw, Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Varvara in Katja Kabanova, Flora Bervoix in La traviata, Mirabella in Der Zigeunerbaron, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dido in Dido and Aeneas, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Prince Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde and Auntie in Peter Grimes.
Since returning to Australia, Hayley has performed to great acclaim for Opera Queensland, New Zealand Opera and The Brisbane Festival. Recently, she performed in Opera Queensland Under the Stars and presented the recital Songs of Desire for Opera Queensland.