Shanul Sharma

Shanul Sharma

Tenor

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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)
2017Donizetti: Don PasqualeErnesto
2016Rossini: Il signor BruschinoFlorville
2016Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70Obadiah
2014Massenet: WertherWerther
2014Rossini: La CenerentolaDon Ramiro

Bio


Born in India, Shanul studied Information Technology at Charles Sturt University in 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. 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 has appeared regularly on the concert, recital and theatrical stages in Australia. During 2014 he made his operatic debut as ‘Don Ramiro’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Opera Australia’s Victorian schools tour and was later engaged to sing the titular role of Massenet’s Werther with Lyric Opera of Melbourne. He also featured on the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir’s CD ‘In the Spirit’.

During 2015 Shanul joined Cheryl Barker and John Bolton-Wood as a featured artist at Stonnington’s ‘Opera in the Park’ and Marina Prior at Gippsland Opera’s ‘Opera by the Lakes’ gala concerts. He sang as a featured artist with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra at ‘Opera in the Q’ under the baton of Paul Terracini and also 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 as a featured soloist at ‘Opera in the Alps’ and ‘Opera in the Market’ gala concerts, starring alongside Greta Bradman and Teddy Tahu Rhodes under the baton of Guy Noble. He joined David Hobson for his second ‘Opera by the Lakes’ and starred in ‘Canzoni Di Mio Padre’ (a selection of Neapolitan, Roman and Italian songs) at the Melbourne Recital Centre under the baton of Daniele Ciurleo. During this time he also made his oratorio debut with the Frankston Symphony Orchestra 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.

Shanul briefly returned to Australia from the UK in early 2017 to take part in his second ‘Opera in the Alps’ and ‘Opera in the Market’ gala concerts and through WIAV has appeared as a soloist at various music festivals in Wales and the UK including the 2017 Llangollen Festival where he sang as a soloist in Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award winning composition ‘Calling All Dawns’.

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 G.Rossini.

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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Rossini: Il viaggio a Reims Conte Di Libenskof 24 hours Rossini Opera Festival 2018
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Count Almaviva 24 hours Teatro del Giglio Lucca 2018
Donizetti: Don Pasquale Ernesto 1 week 2017
Rossini: Il signor Bruschino Florville No Lyric Opera of Melbourne 2016
Mendelssohn: Elijah, Op. 70 Obadiah 1 week Frankston Symphony Orchestra 2016

Awards

rossini international
2017
canto lirico, cimp
2017