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Adrian Tamburini - bass-baritone

A chorister with the Victorian Boys Choir from the age of 5, Adrian Tamburini has always had a passion for music and singing.

At the age of 10 he was awarded a scholarship to sing with the St Patrick's Cathedral Choir, Melbourne where he stayed until 1992 as the assistant choir captain under the direction of John Mallinson.

Deciding to concentrate on solo classical singing, Adrian commenced vocal lessons with Bettine McCaughan. Between 1993 and 1997, under the tutelage of Ms. McCaughan, he achieved great success winning awards in vocal eisteddfods (including the Royal South Street Competition and the City of Geelong Eisteddfod) and competitions (1996 - Finalist in the Victorian Liederfest, 1997 Winner of the Ernest Schilberger Award for Singing and Winner of the Inaugural Diamond Valley Aria Award).

After taking some personal time away from vocal studies Adrian commenced vocal tuition with Lucas DeJong - a past student of Bettine McCaughan. During this time Adrian was awarded the Robert Salzer Vocal Scholarship in 2002, as well as the winner of the Lygon Street Festa Aria Competition in 2003 and was in the finals of the Australian Puccini Foundation Award 2006. In 2007 Adrian had won the inaugural Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition, the Lythgo Trust Operatic Aria Award and the Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir Singer of the Year Competition. Most recently Adrian has been the recipient of the Acclaim Awards Scholarship and a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant.

His singing has featured on cinema releases of opera, DVD, international recordings, motion picture soundtracks, radio, television and Australian dramas including the soundtrack to After the Deluge.

His Operatic debut was in 1997 and ever since has had a varied career as an operatic soloist (Opera Australia, OzOpera, Melbourne Opera), an operatic chorister (Opera Australia, Victorian Opera) and musical director (Dandenong Theatre Company, Whitefriars Theatre Company). His work, both on and off the stage, has been nominated for awards and his performances have received critical acclaim (Green Room Award nomination, Lyrebird Awards).

In 2013, Adrian has appeared as Alcindoro in La bohème and Zuniga in Carmen for Opera Australia.


The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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