Henry Choo is one of Australasia’s most outstanding and popular tenors.
He made his career debut as Ernesto in Opera Queensland’s production of Don Pasquale, and made his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.
His many roles for the national company have included: Tamino in The Magic Flute, Acis in Acis and Galatea, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Oronte in Alcina, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, The Defendant in Trial by Jury, The Herald in Rinaldo, Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette.
Henry concert repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John Passion and Rossini’s Petite messe solemnelle. He has been a frequent guest artist with the Sydney, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia and The Australia Ensemble.
Since 2010, Henry has undertaken a range of major roles for Opera Australia – Don Ottavio, Nadir, Almaviva, The Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Camille in a new production of The Merry Widow and Aldo/Nigel in Bliss in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival. He sang Nadir and Don Ottavio for West Australian Opera and took the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Edo de Waart.
In 2014, Henry Choo sings Cassio in Otello for West Australian Opera and The Perth Festival and appears as soloist with the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras and the Melbourne Bach Choir.Top
Celeste Lazarenko is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under vocal tuition of Rudolf Piernay and from the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. She has a Masters Degree in Performance from both colleges.
While in the UK, Celeste sang for Opera North in the role of Ninfa: L’Orfeo and covered the lead role of Elmira: Keiser’s Croesus. She also worked extensively for English National Opera covering the title role: Partenope, the role of Nora: Riders to the Sea, soprano solo: Luonnotar, Clemence: L’Amour de Loin and Polisenna: Radamisto.
Highlight performances have included Medea: Giasone and Télaïre: Castor et Pollux (Pinchgut Opera); Donna Anna: Don Giovanni (Ozopera tour); Celia: Lucio Silla (Angers Nantes, Opera de Rennes); Pamina: Die Zauberflöte in concert (Opera de Rennes); Mary: Hugh the Drover (East Sussex Opera Company); The Seasons (Dijon Opera); Morgana: Alcina (English Touring Opera); Sandrina: La finta giardiniera (Opera de Bauge); principal soprano: Hydrogen Jukebox by Phillip Glass (Angers Nantes Opera); Messiah (Sydney and Melbourne Symphony orchestras); Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 (Melbourne Symphony) and Brahms’ German Requiem (Sydney Philharmonia).
In 2014, Celeste’s engagements will include an appearance at Symphony in the Domain for Sydney Festival, Kate Pinkerton: Madama Butterfly, for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Birtwistle’s The lo Passion for Sydney Chamber Opera and a recital with ArtSong NSW.Top
Born in Brisbane, Ayse Gӧknur Shanal has won awards and scholarships nationally and internationally in voice, including the Australian Singing Competition, Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship and Award, Opera Foundation’s Metropolitan Opera Award (New York), McDonald’s Operatic Aria, Queen’s Trust for Young Australians, Symphony Australia’s Young Performers Award Vocal Category, Australian Music Foundation Award (London), Countess of Munster Scholarship (London) and Lorelei Prize at Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition (Germany), to name a few. In 2013, she received the Most Outstanding Singer Award in Sydney Eisteddfod’s coveted Victoria Jennifer Warren Accompaniment Award. This year, she won the National Liederfest Competition and the Australian Opera Awards Committee’s full scholarship to Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.
As a soloist, Ayse has appeared with some of the major symphony orchestras in Australia, notably, Sydney, West Australia, Melbourne, Adelaide, Willoughby Symphony, Sydney Sinfonia and has an extensive repertoire. She has also performed with Opera Australia’s touring company, singing the role of Mimì in La Bohème, to great acclaim.
After taking a break from singing, Ayse completed a Graduate Law Degree at University of Western Sydney. In 2013, she made a highly successful and unprecedented return to the music profession, her performance schedule rapidly filling up. She has recently appeared with NSW Doctors Orchestra, Opera New England’s production of La Bohème in the lead role and at Blacktown Arts Centre. She is due to perform in Melbourne with Bradley Gilchrist, further appearances with John Martin, as well as solo engagements with Penrith Symphony Orchestra. She will be performing the role of Lia in Debussy’s L’Enfant Prodigue for Harbour City Opera, in October.
Ayse is the Senior Ambassador for FinemusicFM Young Virtuosi and she will be releasing her debut CD with Bradley Gilchrist, produced by Finemusic.Top
Adrian undertook his early vocal training in Melbourne, his home town, and is now a Principal with Opera Australia. Along the way, he has been the recipient of many prizes, and finalist in a number of Australia’s most prestigious vocal competitions. He has won Lygon Street Festa Aria Competition, 2003; Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Award, 2007; Lythgo Trust Operatic Aria Award, 2007; Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir Singer of the Year Competition, 2007; John Tallis Singing Competition, 2008; Acclaim Awards Pergolesi-Spontini Festival Baroque Scholarship, 2010.
Adrian has been a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant, Hessisches Staatstheater, Wiesbaden in both 2008 and 2011, as well as in the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, 2010 and Music and Opera Singers Trust Opera Awards, 2011.
Adrian’s Operatic experience with Opera Australia has been as Zaretsky, Eugene Onegin; Zuniga, Carmen; Second Armed Man, The Magic Flute; First Soldier, Salome; Alcindoro, La Bohème; Messenger and Assassin, Macbeth; Bass Chorus, The Love of the Nightingale; The Officer of the Watch, Barber of Seville; Pickpocket, Lakme; Sarastro, The Magic Flute; Leporello, Don Giovanni; Figaro, The Barber of Seville.
With other companies he has taken the roles of Figaro and Bartolo, The Marriage of Figaro; Count Ceprano, Rigoletto; Leporello, Don Giovanni; Yakuside, Lo Zio Bonze and Il Commissario, Madama Butterfly; Dr Grenvil, La Traviata; Fiorello, Ambrogio and The Officer, The Barber of Seville; Alfio, Cavelleria Rusticana; Taddeo, The Italian Girl in Algiers; Colonna, Rienzi; Aeneas, Dido and Aeneas; The Lawyer and The Doctor, Gianni Schicchi; Papageno and Sarastro, The Magic Flute; Uberto, La Serva Padrone; Colatinus, The Rape of Lucretia; Jervis, Nelson; Mr Gobineau, The Medium; Dandini, La Cenerentola; Count Rodolfo, La Sonnambula: Sir John Flastaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor; Usher, Trial by Jury.
His concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s St John’s Passion, Easter Oratorio, Magnificat and Ich Habe Genug, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Mahler’s Symphony No 8.Top
Sydney-based Christopher Richardson commenced studies in pianoforte at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, however changed his major to voice, studying with Marilyn Smith, and graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance in 2003. Since then, Christopher has studied with renowned Australian soprano Jane Edwards, tenor Glenn Winslade, voice coach Sharolyn Kimmorley and at the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School. He has also been the recipient of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Award.
Christopher appears regularly on the concert and opera stage as soloist in oratorio, opera, music theatre, recital and radio broadcasts. Performance highlights include Haydn’s Creation with the Canberra Choral Society, Handel’s Messiah with St Andrews Cathedral Choir, Sydney, and Newcastle University Choir and Orchestra, Mozart Requiem in D minor with Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, and Abandon (Handel arr. Crabb) with Opera Queensland and DanceNorth which premiered in Townsville last year, and was featured at the Brisbane World Theatre Festival in February this year. Christopher’s future performances will include soloist in Sing Along Messiah with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Balus (Handel) with Canberra Choral Society, Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride (Gluck) for Pinchgut Opera and a recital for the Wagner Society of NSW.
He has also featured as guest soloist with Melbourne-based Syzygy Ensemble, in the chamber opera The Apology of Bony Anderson (Conyngham) at the 2013 Metropolis New Music Festival and with Arcko Symphonic Project in the world premiere of KURSK: an Oratorio Requiem by David Chisholm at the Melbourne Festival.Top