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Warwick Fyfe

Warwick Fyfe

Renowned for his performances in such roles as Rigoletto and Falstaff, Warwick Fyfe is one of the finest baritones Australia has produced.  Most recently, he triumphed as Alberich in Opera Australia's Der Ring des Nibelungen in Melbourne.

In the course of his long association with Opera Australia, Warwick has consistently produced outstanding performances in challenging and complex roles including Rigoletto, Falstaff, the Dutchman in Der fliegende Holländer; Mandryka in Arabella; Dr Schön in Lulu; Amonasro in Aida; Scarpia in Tosca; Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier; Wolfram in Tannhäuser; Papageno in The Magic Flute; Germont in La traviata; Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier; Leporello in Don Giovanni; Pizarro in Fidelio; Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia; Pooh-Bah in The Mikado; Schaunard in La bohème; Peter in Hansel and Gretel; Falke in Die Fledermaus; Jupiter in Orpheus in the Underworld; Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro; Frederic in Lakmé; Kothner in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg; the Herald in Lohengrin; Capulet in Roméo et Juliette; Ottokar in Der Freischütz; Chief of Police in Lady Macbeth of Mtensk; Ping in Turandot; Donner in Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Warwick's roles for other companies have included Rigoletto, Tonio in Pagliacci and Taddeo in L'italiana in Algeri for New Zealand Opera, Fasolt in Der Ring des Nibelungen for State Opera of South Australia and Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro in Hong Kong.

His major awards include the prestigious Bayreuth Scholarship (2007); a Green Room Award (Schaunard, 2005); the Leopold Julian Krönenberg Foundation Award at the Stanislaw Moniuszko International Vocal Competition (Warsaw, 2001); a Bayreuth Bursary (2000); first prize in the McDonald’s Aria (1998); the Heinz Australian Youth Aria; the Dame Mabel Brookes Memorial Fellowship, the Austral Salon Scholarship and the Mabel Kent Scholaship. His Papageno was nominated for a Helpmann Award.

Concert engagements include performances with the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, West Australian, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras; the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Symphony Orchestra; the Melbourne Chorale; Sydney Philharmonia; Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Society and the Canberra Choral Society. Concert repertoire includes Orff’s Carmina Burana; Handel’s Messiah; Beethoven's Symphony No.9; Mozart's Requiem; Bach's St Matthew Passion and Mass in B minor; Brahms’ A German Requiem.

In 2014 Warwick will sing the title role in Opera Australia’s new production of Rigoletto; he will also reprise his much-acclaimed Falstaff.  In between these appearances, he will return to Auckland and Wellington to perform Leporello in Don Giovanni for New Zealand Opera.

Warwick’s recordings include: Opera Australia’s 2011 DVDs of The Mikado, The Marriage of Figaro and Der Rosenkavalier and the ABC DVDs of Operatunity Oz and Opera Australia 50th Anniversary Gala Concert. CDs include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes Op.52 (Move Records); The Love for Three Oranges (Chandos); Classic 100 Opera Concert (ABC) and Operatunity Oz (ABC).