SHANUL SHARMA

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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 ‘Opera in the Park’ and Marina Prior at ‘Opera by the Lakes’. 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 his first ‘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 the ‘Canzoni Di Mio Padre’ gala (a selection of Neapolitan, Roman and Italian songs) at the Melbourne Recital Centre. During this time he also made his oratorio debut as the tenor soloist/Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and sang the role of ‘Florville’ in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino.

Shanul relocated to Cardiff, Wales in September 2016 for a year and briefly returned to Australia in early 2017 to take part in his second ‘Opera in the Alps’ and ‘Opera in the Market’ gala concerts. Whilst in Wales, Shanul featured 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’ with the Welsh National Opera orchestra. 

In April 2017 he 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 and in September 2017 he made his Italian debut singing the role of ‘Ernesto’ in Donizetti's Don Pasquale at Teatro Martinetti.

In 2018 Shanul will debut the role of ‘Il Conte Almaviva’ in Rossini’s The barber of Seville in Tuscany, Italy and will also headline ‘Opera by the Lakes’ for Gippsland Opera.