"He knows how with brains, voice and natural instinct to bring a number, and a character, to life"
“Adrian Dwyer tackled the stratospheric tenor role - a veritable Matterhorn in itself – with heroic stamina”
Australian tenor Adrian Dwyer has sung in many of the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls, gaining international recognition for his “gorgeously honey-toned” and “thrilling” voice and vivid dramatic portrayals.
He begins the 2014/15 season with his BBC Proms debut in Strauss' Deutsche Motette under Vasily Petrenko. He then returns to English National Opera as Trin in a new Richard Jones production of "Fanciulla del West", followed by role debuts as Huon in "Oberon" at London's Cadogan Hall and Narraboth "Salome" for NI Opera. He finishes the season in the title role of Jonathan Dove's "Swanhunter" for Opera North at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House and on tour.
Last season he appeared in several significant roles at English National Opera: Jaquino in Calixto Bieito's "Fidelio", Andres in Carrie Cracknell's Olivier-Award nominated production of "Wozzeck" and Strolling Player in Deborah Warner's "Death in Venice", (which has since been released on DVD by Opus Arte) a role he subsequently reprised at de Nederlandse Opera for the Amsterdam Festival. He also returned to Opera North as Trin "Fanciulla del West", and was selected for the inaugural Meisterkurs at the Bayreuth Festival, where he studied under Petra Lang and Adrian Baianu. He was also highly praised as Hermes "King Priam" and Inkslinger "Paul Bunyan" in ETO's Olivier Award-winning season at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House.
Born into a musical family, he studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music, winning a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio (London). Further studies included the Steans Institute for Young Artists (Ravinia Festival, Chicago) and the Britten Pears Young Artist Program. He continues to study privately with Julian Gavin.
He made his professional debut in Los Angeles as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann's production of La Boheme (receiving an LA Stage Alliance "Ovation" Award for Outstanding Permormance), and has since performed as a principal artist with English National Opera, De Nederlandse Opera, Opera de Toulon, Scottish Opera, the Edinburgh International Festival, Opera Queensland, Opera North, Cape Town Opera, Birmingham Opera, Opera Queensland, the State Opera of South Australia, NI Opera, Opera Ireland, Opera Theatre Company, Opera Holland Park, Garsington, Grange Park Opera et al, in roles such as Janek "Makropoulos Case", Steuermann "Der fliegende Hollander", Lensky "Eugene Onegin", Tamino "Die Zauberflote", Benedict "Beatrice et Benedict", Alfredo "La Traviata", Ismaele "Nabucco", Hagenbach "La Wally", Macduff "Macbeth". From the modern repertoire he has had great success as Sam "Street Scene", Beadle "Sweeney Todd", Gardiner/Trio "Trouble in Tahiti" as well as creating roles in several world premieres.
His discography includes "Trouble in Tahiti" and "Sweeney Todd" with the Munchen Rundfunkorchester under Ulf Schirmer, Deborah Warner's "Death in Venice" with English National Opera for Opus Arte, and Vakula in Cherevichki with Garsington Opera under Elgar Howarth. He has also broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3.
Future seasons see him returning to English National Opera, Opera North and the Buxton Festival.
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