Shanul Sharma

Shanul Sharma


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«Sharma’s distinctive tenor voice with its extraordinary upper extension and flexibility was very well suited to the demands of Rossini’s more florid passages. He made an appealingly sensitive lover whom you couldn’t help but cheer on no matter how outrageous his claims»
heather leviston, classicmelbourne.com.au, (2017)
«Shanul Sharma presents Werther with a playful and impetuous urgency and a soulful robust masculinity in his attempts to win for Charlotte’s love. With just a smattering of opera credits since finding his way into opera from heavy metal less than two years ago, Sharma exhibits unselfconscious confidence, plentiful vocal steam and a powerful high range»
Paul selar, aussietheatre.com.au (2017)
«Sharma blew the audience away with his opening number. The timbre of his voice reminded me of Pavarotti and he bought a good sense of comedy to his role.»
bryce baumgarten, theatrepeople.com.au (2017)
2018Rossini: Il viaggio a ReimsConte Di Libenskof
2018Rossini: Il Barbiere di SivigliaIl Conte d'Almaviva
2018Rossini: Stabat MaterTenor
2017Donizetti: Don PasqualeErnesto
2016Rossini: Il signor BruschinoFlorville
2016Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Obadiah
2014Massenet: WertherWerther
2014Rossini: La CenerentolaDon Ramiro


"Not only was he placed first in the vocal section but then, in the round for all instrumentalists, he was again placed first. Effectively the prix d'honeur of the festival. This is an extraordinary achievement and something that, for example, I personally could not have achieved at his stage of development… Bravo Shanul!” WIAV Director Dennis O’Neill on Shanul winning the 2017 Rossini International Award in Pesaro, Italy

Born in India, Shanul studied Information Technology Australia. He launched his singing career as lead vocalist for Heavy-Metal bands releasing three studio albums and fronting national tours over 8 years. Concurrently he explored the classical singing technique as a stylistic expression and in late 2012 relocated to Melbourne to privately commence his classical singing studies at the Ciccone Academy. In June 2017 he obtained a Masters in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) under the directorship of renowned Welsh tenor Mr.Dennis O’Neill.​
Shanul made his operatic debut as ‘Don Ramiro’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Opera Australia’s Victorian schools tour in 2014 and was later engaged to sing the titular role of Massenet’s Werther with Lyric Opera of Melbourne.
During 2015 Shanul joined Marina Prior, Cheryl Barker and John Bolton-Wood for gala concerts around Australia and took part in Opera Australia’s season of Verdi’s Aida on Sydney Harbour. He was also offered a coaching residency at Opera Australia with Joshua Hecht during this time.
​2016 saw Shanul feature at gala concerts alongside Greta Bradman, David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes while also starring in ‘Canzoni Di Mio Padre’ (a selection of Neapolitan, Roman and Italian songs) at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He also made his oratorio debut as the tenor soloist/Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and sang the role of ‘Florville’ in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with Lyric Opera of Melbourne. During this time, with assistance from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Ars Musica Australis and the Australian Cultural Fund Shanul successfully crowdfunded more than A$50,000 in total to complete a Masters at the Wales International Academy of Voice and relocated to Cardiff, UK until July 2017.
​Shanul briefly returned to Australia in early 2017 to take part in his second ‘Opera in the Alps’ and ‘Opera in the Market’ gala concerts and through WIAV he also appeared at various music festivals in Wales and the UK including the 2017 Llangollen Festival where he featured in Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award winning composition ‘Calling All Dawns’ with the Welsh National Opera orchestra.
​In April 2017 Shanul was awarded the ‘Canto Lirico’ and ‘2017 Rossini International’ awards at the ‘Concorso Internazionale Musicale Citta di Pesaro’ (CIMP), an annual competition held in Pesaro, Italy to celebrate the works of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. He also made his Italian debut as 'Ernesto' in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in September that year.
​Shanul returned to Australia in January 2018 for a four month extensive tour of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia as Il Conte d'Almaviva; a role he sang again in May 2018 while debuting at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy. In August 2018 he debuted as ‘Il Conte di Libenskof’ in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy and in September made his recital debut at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. In October 2018 Shanul debuted as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater at LaVerdi in Milan under the baton of Claus Peter Flor.
​Currently a part of Opera Australia’s Moffatt-Oxenbould Young Artist Programme, Shanul will be reprising the role of Il Conte di Libenskof in Sydney and Melbourne in 2019 while also appearing as the Student in Reimann's Ghost Sonata (Sydney and Melbourne), Der Narr in Berg's Wozzeck (Sydney) and the Great Opera Hits concert series (Sydney).
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Berg: Wozzeck Madman (narr) Immediately Opera Australia 2019
Berg: Wozzeck Andrès 24 hours Opera Australia 2019
Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims Conte Di Libenskof 24 hours Rossini Opera Festival 2018
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Il Conte d'Almaviva 24 hours Teatro del Giglio Lucca 2018
Rossini: Stabat Mater Tenor 24 hours Auditorium La Verdi, Milano 2018


rossini international
canto lirico, cimp