One of Australia's most versatile and respected talents, Ms Connelli has enjoyed a diverse range of experiences during the past 30 years, which have covered operetta, musicals, theatre, television, cabaret and recordings. Concentration on her solo cabaret performances have brought much success in major Australian capital cities, and now internationally.
Following her triumphant appearance at the New York Cabaret Convention in 1995, Ms Connelli was honoured with a rare invitation to return for the 1997 New York Cabaret Convention followed by a season of sell out concerts at The Weill Recital Hall (Carnegie Hall), Club Eighty Eights and the famed Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel.
Judi has been honoured with the Melbourne Theatre Critics Green Room Award (Best Female Lead Music Theatre, 1983), two MO Awards (Best Female Lead Music Theatre 1992 and Best Female Lead Musical Theatre 1994) and New York's coveted Dramalogue Award for Most Outstanding Act for 1997and the New York Bistro Award for Best Vocalist in 1998.
In 1998 Judi returned to Australia to star in Follies - The Concert, at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She then toured to London to perform in a solo cabaret season at London's The Talk of London. This was a sell-out season, which resulted in a return season and the launching of a new CD. The next step was a three week season at the Fire Bird Café - New York's most prestigious cabaret room.
In 1999 performances included the much acclaimed concert with Suzanne Johnston and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and The Three Divas tour with Jennifer McGregor and Suzanne Johnston.
The year 2000 included concerts with both the Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, and also saw Judi performing alongside Jennifer McGregor and Suzanne Johnston to an enthralled audience for Opera in the Vineyards in the Hunter Valley. In November 2000 Judi was back to her home town of Brisbane to reprise the role of Katisha for Opera Queensland's production of The Mikado. To welcome in the new millennium, Judi appeared on New Year's Eve, at the Sydney Opera House performing in the Simone Young and Friends Concert.
In 2001, Judi starred in her own biographical musical Back to Before, in Australia and New York, and concerts with The 3 Divas with the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.
2002 had Judi performing at the Brisbane Cabaret Festival in March and once again performed the lead role of Mrs Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd for Opera Australia, which she repeated in Brisbane during 2003.