Guest Artists 2018

Henry Choo

Regarded as one of Australia's finest lyric coloratura tenors with a voice that displays great versatility across a range of styles, Henry was raised in the cultural city of Melbourne and originally trained as a pianist, violinist and boy soprano. He achieved an Associate Diploma in Singing under the tutelage of Noel Ancell OAM, and furthered his operatic studies at the Melba Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music, as well as with late French repertoire specialist Susan Falk.

Henry is an alumnus of both the Young Artist Program of Opera Queensland and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program of Opera Australia. He has received multiple Green Room Award nominations, most recently for his portrayal of Robert Leicester in Melbourne Opera's production of Maria Stuarda.

Henry made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in Opera Queensland's production of Don Pasquale, and his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.

Other roles for Opera Australia have included Nemorino in L'elisir D'amore, Gerald in Lakmé, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando inCosì Fan Tutte, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Acis in Acis and Galatea, Oronte in Alcina, Rinuccio inGianni Schicchi, Hotel Porter in Death in Venice, Camille du Rossillon in The Merry Widow, The Defendant in Trial By Jury, Faninal Major-Domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Herald in Rinaldo, as well as tenor soloist in Vaughan William's The Pilgrim's Progress, Mozart's Requiem and excerpts from Mozart's Mitridate re di Ponto.

His roles for other companies include Cassio in Otello, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles for West Australian Opera, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for State Opera South Australia, Robert Leicester in Maria Stuarda for Melbourne Opera, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte for Harbour City Opera, Martin in The Tender Land for Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Lord Riccardo Percy in Anna Bolena and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos for OperaBox, Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos for Citiopera, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.

Henry has also premiered the roles of Aldo/Nigel Clunes in Bliss at the Edinburgh International Festival for Opera Australia, and the role of Russell in Busking Hugs for OzOpera. He has also appeared as Borsa in Rigoletto for the Macau International Music Festival.

Henry's concert and corporate profile has been impressive and varied. He has performed with Susan Graham (under the baton of Edo de Waart), the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Youth Orchestra, The Australia Ensemble, Australian Army Band, Zelman Symphony, Three Australian Tenors, and the Three Chinese Tenors.

Henry has performed at many operatic concert-style events including Opera in the Rainforest, Opera in the Arboretum, Opera in the Vineyard, the launch of Melbourne's Food and Wine Festival, and the opening concert of the Australian International Guitar Festival held in Adelaide where he teamed up with internationally acclaimed guitarists Oliver Fartach-Naini and Lee Song-Ou to present excerpts from Schubert's Der Winterreise.

Henry has also been broadcast on local and international television and radio on numerous occasion, appears in several operatic CD/DVD recordings, and features as a sung voice-over in the P. J. Hogan film Mental, starring Toni Collette.




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