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Henry Choo

 

 

A former member of the Australian Boys Choir, Henry Choo attained an Associate Diploma in Singing in 1997 under the guidance of Noel Ancell, and furthered his vocal and performance studies at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music.  He is now one of Australasia’s most outstanding and popular tenors.

A member of Opera Australia's Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program for 2005 and 2006, and former Young Artist of Opera Queensland (2003-2004), Henry made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in Opera Queensland's production of Don Pasquale, and made his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.

His many roles for the national company have included: Tamino in The Magic Flute, Acis in Acis and Galatea, Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Oronte in Alcina, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, The Defendant in Trial by Jury, The Herald in Rinaldo, Benvolio in Romeo et Juliette.  For State Opera of South Australia, he has sung Almaviva and appeared in Rigoletto for the Macau International Music Festival.

Henry has been engaged as soloist in many concert works including Mozart's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Bach's St John Passion and Rossini's Petite messe solemnelle. He performed Bach’s Cantata No. 207 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Bach Musica, Auckland.  He has been a frequent guest artist with the Sydney, Queensland, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Sydney Philharmonia and The Australia Ensemble.

Since 2010, Henry has undertaken a range of major roles for Opera Australia - Don Ottavio, Nadir, Almaviva, The Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Camille in a new production of The Merry Widow and Aldo/Nigel in Bliss in Sydney, Melbourne and at the Edinburgh Festival.  He sang Nadir and Don Ottavio for West Australian Opera and took the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Edo de Waart.

In 2014, Henry Choo will sing Cassio in Otello for West Australian Opera and The Perth Festival and appear as soloist with the Queensland and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Melbourne Bach Choir and the Auckland Choral Society.

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