"Australian tenor Adrian Dwyer also gives a career-defining performance as his venal son Andrei, singing with real blade and incisiveness, and as repellent in his early mistreatment of the two women in his life as he is sympathetic in his final agonising journey to the place of execution.” Bachtrack (K. Cooper)
"Adrian Dwyer is simply a superb Mime in every way, vocally and dramatically, virtually a comic mime in his physicality. He is a tall, good-looking, and lanky man with a lovely voice and yet you believe it when Siegfried refers to him as an ugly dwarf." Playstosee (M. Cooper)
Born in Melbourne, the British-Australian character tenor Adrian Dwyer has gained international recognition for his wide-ranging vocal ability and vivid theatrical presence in works spanning from the 19th Century to the present day.
He has appeared at many of the world's greatest Opera Houses, such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro Real (Madrid), Teatro Massimo (Palermo), Opernhaus Zürich, Dutch National Opera (Amsterdam), Welsh National Opera, the Israeli Opera, English National Opera, Opéra de Toulon, Scottish Opera, Irish National Opera, Cape Town Opera, Opera Queensland, Opera North, Birmingham Opera, Northern Ireland Opera, the State Opera of South Australia, as well as the Amsterdam, Edinburgh International and Aldeburgh Festivals.
An enthusiastic advocate of contemporary music, his recent engagements have included Gerald Barry's The Intelligence Park for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, John Adams’ The Flowering Tree for Opera Queensland, Thomas Adés’ Powder Her Face for the inaugural production of Irish National Opera, as well as the World Premieres Michael Gallen's Elsewhere with Ensemble Miroirs Étendus at the Abbey Theatre (Dublin) and Antony Bolton's The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko (title role) for Grange Park Opera.
On the Concert platform he has appeared in the BBC Proms, with Orchestra de Paris at the Opéra Comique and Theatre Mogador (Paris), with München Runfunkorchester at the Prinzregententheater (Munich), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic and Concert Orchestras, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide.
A prizewinner in the Australian Singing Competition, he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio London, with additional scholarships to the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme and the Bayreuth Festival. He made his professional debut in Los Angeles as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s production of La Bohème (winning an “Ovation” Award for Outstanding Performance).
Upcoming engagements include Mime in das Rheingold and Siegfried for Longborough Festival Opera's 2024 der Ring des Nibelungen (Negus/Lane), Mime in das Rheingold in Singapore, Michael Gallen's Elsewhere with Ensemble Miroirs Étendus for Opéra de Rouen, Operadagen Rotterdam and on an Irish tour, as well as making his debut at Theater Magdeburg as the Astrologer in The Golden Cockerel, returning later in the season for the german language premiere of Gerald Barry's Alice's Adventures Under Ground.