Judi Connelli

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Judi Connelli

Born (1947-07-20) 20 July 1947 (age 75)

Judi Connelli AM (born 20 July 1947) is an Australian singer and actress in theatre, opera and television.

Connelli is best known for her career in opera and stage musicals.

As a singer she has starred in performable with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and also internationally in New York and the United Kingdom.


Connelli is also known for her television soap operas such roles most especially The Young Doctors, in which she played regular Annemarie Austin from 1977 to 1978 and Prisoner playing 'Cookie', in episodes originally aired in 1982.

Connelli's work includes leading theatre roles with Opera Australia in The Rake's Progress (Mother Goose), The Mikado (Katisha), Fiddler on the Roof (Golda), The Merry Widow (Zozo), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett) and The Gondoliers (Duchess of Plaza-Toro).

Other productions include Into the Woods (The Witch), The Threepenny Opera (Mrs. Peachum), Chicago (Matron Mama Morton), The Pack of Women, Jerry's Girls and Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider).

In concert she has appeared in Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond), Gypsy (Mamma Rose), Australia's Leading Ladies, Follies, Showstoppers, Candide and The 3 Divas.


In 2004, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) by the Queen of Australia for services to theatre and charity.[1]


Solo albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
Introducing Judi Connelli
  • Released: 1977
  • Label: RCA Victor (VPL1-0160)
Turning Point
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: ABC Records (L 38689)
On My Way to You
  • Released: 1997
  • Label: WEA (4509999762)
Live in London
  • Released: 1998
  • Label: Dress Circle (DG CD 01)
The 3 Divas (with Suzanne Johnston and Jennifer McGregor)
  • Released: 2000
Back to Before
  • Released: 2001

Cast albums and soundtracks[edit]


ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual ceremony presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
1999 Perfect Strangers (with Suzanne Johnston) ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack, Cast or Show Album Won [2]
2002 Back to Before Best Cast or Show Album Nominated

Mo Awards[edit]

The Australian Entertainment Mo Awards (commonly known informally as the Mo Awards), were annual Australian entertainment industry awards. They recognise achievements in live entertainment in Australia from 1975 to 2016. Judi Connelli won four awards in that time.[3]

Year Nominee / work Award Result (wins only)
1991 Judi Connelli Female Musical Theatre Performer of the Year Won
1993 Judi Connelli Female Musical Theatre Performer of the Year Won
2001 Judi Connelli Female Musical Theatre Performer of the Year Won
2002 Judi Connelli Supporting Musical Theatrical Performer of the Year Won

External links[edit]


  1. ^ It's an Honour. Retrieved 4 April 2014
  2. ^ ARIA Award previous winners. "Winners By Award - 27th ARIA Awards 2013". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  3. ^ "MO Award Winners". Mo Awards. Retrieved 16 March 2022.