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.
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), the Britten Pears Young Artist Program, and the inaugural Wagnerjahr Meisterkurs at the Bayreuth Festival. 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 bohème (receiving an LA Stage Alliance “Ovation” Award for Outstanding Performance), and has since performed as a principal artist with English National Opera (Andres Wozzeck, Jaquino Fidelio, Arturo Lucia di Lammermoor, Trin Fanciula del West, SS Officer The Passenger, Gralsritter Parsifal, Strolling Player Death in Venice), De Nederlandse Opera (Death in Venice), Opera de Toulon (Sam Street Scene), Scottish Opera (Almaviva Barbiere di Siviglia, Macduff Macbeth), the Edinburgh International Festival, Opera Queensland (Alfredo La Traviata, Barbiere), Opera North (Title role Swanhunter, Trin Fanciula, Janek Makropoulos Case, Cerevin House of the Dead, Miroslav/Harpist Adventures of Mr Broucek, Robert Skin Deep), Cape Town Opera (La bohème), Birmingham Opera (Roderigo Otello), the State Opera of South Australia (Ismaele Nabucco), NI Opera (Narraboth Salome, Steuermann Der Fliegende Holländer), Opera Ireland (La traviata, Gianni Schicchi), Opera Theatre Company (Tamino Die Zauberflöte), Opera Holland Park (Hagenbach La Wally, Don Ottavio Don Giovanni), Garsington (Vakula Cherevichki), Grange Park Opera (Leicester Maria Struada, Tamino Die Zauberflöte), New Sussex Opera (Huon Oberon). He has also had great success in modern repertoire (Hermes King Priam, Edgar/Poor Tom Promised End) at the Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden for English Touring Opera.
He made his BBC Proms debut last year as the tenor soloist in Richard Strauss’ Deutsche Motette under Vasily Petrenko. Elsewhere he has sung an extraordinarily diverse repertoire, performing in venues such as the Opera Comique and Theatre Mogador (Paris), the Prince Regent Theatre (Munich), Tokyo Opera City, Usher Hall (Edinburgh), and in England at the Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Bridgewater Hall, the Sage Gateshead, Glyndebourne and Philharmonic Hall Liverpool. He has collaborated with the Orchestra de Paris, the Munchen Rundfunkorchester, Orchestra Leonard da Vinci/Opera de Rouen, the BBC Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Melbourne, Queensland and Adelaide, with eminent conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Richard Armstrong, Richard Bonynge, Jane Glover, Marc Soustrot, David Parry, Ulf Schirmer, Elgar Howarth, Oleg Caetani, Mark Wigglesworth, Ed Gardner, Paul Daniel, Vasily Petrenko, David Stern, Nicholas Braithwaite, Martin Andre, David Hill, Richard Farnes and Stephen Barlow.
His discography includes Gardiner/Trio Trouble in TahitiI and Beadle Bamford Sweeney Todd with the Munchen Rundfunkorchester under Ulf Schirmer, Deborah Warner’s Death in Venice with English National Opera for Opus Arte, and Vakula Cherevichki with Garsington Opera under Elgar Howarth. He has also been broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3.
Future seasons see him returning to English National Opera, Opera North, the Buxton Festival and the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre.