"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
Australian tenor Adrian Dwyer has sung in many of the world's greatest Opera Houses and Concert Halls, gaining international recognition for his wide-ranging vocal ability and vivid theatrical presence.
Engagements for the 2021-22 season include the World Première of Antony Bolton's The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko for Grange Park Opera with the BBC Concert Orchestra (Medcalf/Barlow) and Michael Gallen's Elsewhere with Ensemble Miroirs Étendus in Dublin, Opéra de Rouen and Operadagen Rotterdam (Creed/Monbet), as well as Mime in Siegfried for Longborough Festival Opera's Ring Cycle (Lane/Negus).
During the 2019-20 season he appeared at the Royal Opera House as D'Esperaudieu in Gerald Barry's The Intelligence Park, and at Teatro Massimo (Palermo) in Graham Vick's new production of Parsifal. Work cancelled as a result of the COVID pandemic included Georgia Shreve's The Voice of Silence at Alice Tully Hall (New York) and the Merry Widow (Mumbai).
Engagements for the 2018-19 season included Anatole in War and Peace for Welsh National Opera, and main stage debuts at the Israeli Opera (Salome), Opernhaus Zürich (Sweeney Todd) and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (War and Peace revival). He also returned to Opera Queensland as the Prince in A Flowering Tree and to Longborough Festival as Mime in Das Rheingold. He appeared in concert with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Kensho Watanabe (Carmina Burana), the Scottish Concert Orchestra under Michael Bawtree, and the Cambridge Philharmonic under Timothy Redmond.
Engagements for the 2017-18 season included an acclaimed debut with Welsh National Opera as Andrei in Khovanshchina, First Jew in Salome for Opera North, the inaugural production of the Irish National Opera (Electrician in Powder Her Face, a role which he subsequently reprised for the Nevill Holt Festival). He also stepped in at the last minute to sing Sam Kaplan in Street Scene at Teatro Real, Madrid.
Adrian made his professional debut in Los Angeles as Rodolfo in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème (winning an LA Stage Alliance “Ovation” Award for Outstanding Performance), and has since embarked on an extensive international career. He has been engaged by companies such as English National Opera (Wozzeck, Fidelio, Death in Venice, The Passenger, Parsifal, Forza del Destino, Lucia di Lammermoor), the Dutch National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Teatro Real (Madrid), Scottish Opera, Opéra de Toulon (Street Scene), Cape Town Opera, Opera Queensland, the State Opera of South Australia (Nabucco), Opera North (Makropoulos Case, House of the Dead, Skin Deep, Salome, Fanciulla del West, Adventures of Herr Broucek, Swanhunter), Birmingham Opera, NI Opera (Fliegende Holländer, Salome, Powder Her Face), and at the Edinburgh International, Aldeburgh and Amsterdam Festivals.
He has collaborated with innovative directors such as Richard Jones, Christopher Alden, Calixto Bieito, Deborah Warner, David Pountney, Carrie Cracknell, David Alden, John Fulljames, Oliver Mears, Graham Vick, Olivia Fuchs, Antony McDonald, Annilese Miskimmon, Olivier Benezech, David Freeman, and many others.
He has also performed with eminent conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Richard Armstrong, Richard Bonynge, Jane Glover, Marc Soustrot, David Parry, Ulf Schirmer, Stephen Lord, Dan Ettinger, David Charles Abell, Oleg Caetani, Mark Wigglesworth, Ed Gardner, Tomáš Hanus, Rafael Payare, Paul Daniel, Vasily Petrenko, David Stern, Nicholas Braithwaite, Omer Meir Wellber, David Hill, Richard Farnes, Stephen Barlow and Rafael Payare.
On the Concert Stage he has appeared in the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, with Orchestra de Paris at the Opera Comique and Theatre Mogador (Paris), with München Runfunkorchester at the Prinzregententheater (Munich), the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Usher Hall (Edinburgh), the Ulster Orchestra at Waterfront Hall (Belfast), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool), the BBC Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide, and at Opera City (Tokyo), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Glyndebourne, and the Sage Gateshead.
As a prizewinner in the Australian Singing Competition, he studied under full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio (London), the Steans Institute (Ravinia Festival, Chicago), the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, the Victorian College of the Arts (Melbourne) and the Wagnerjahr Meisterkurs at the Bayreuth Festival.