Luke Gabbedy completed a Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music Performance at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, and a Graduate Diploma of Education at the Edith Cowan University. He has been a finalist in many major singing competitions including the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship, the German Operatic Award, second place in the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award, second place in the National Operatic Aria Competition and the McDonald’s Aria.
Luke’s most recent performances with Opera Australia have included his long-awaited debut as Marcello in La Boheme, Albert (Werther), Don Alvaro (Il Viaggio a Reims), Valentin (Faust) Marullo (Rigoletto), Matheiu (Andrea Chenier) Cascada (The Merry Widow), Escamillo and Dancairo (Carmen), Sacristan (Tosca), Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), as well as covering Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), the title role in Rigoletto and Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia).
Having made his principal debut with Opera Australia as Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette in 2005, he has since sung the title role and Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Gunther in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Zurga (The Pearfishers), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Danilo (The Merry Widow), Pantaloon (Love For Three Oranges), Ping (Turandot), Marquis (La Traviata), Frederic (Lakmé), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), Cristian (Un ballo in maschera), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Giuseppe (The Gondoliers), Slim (Of Mice and Men), Donald (Billy Budd), and Marco (Gianni Schicchi),as well as the title role in Opera Australia’s tour of Don Giovanni. Luke has featured in the Great Opera Hits concert series at the Sydney Opera House, as well as Opera in The Domain, and covered the major roles of Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tonio (Pagliacci) and the title role in King Roger.
He has also performed the title role in The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Marcello (La Bohème) and Silvio (Pagliacci) for West Australian Opera, Yamadori for State Opera South Australia and featured as Richard Nixon in The Nixon Tapes (John Adams) for the Vivid Festival at Sydney Opera House.
Luke was a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus, during which time he travelled to Italy to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, and in 2002 became a member of the West Australian Opera Young Artist Program. In the same year he was also invited to be a Developing Artist of the Australian Opera Studio. Roles during this time included Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Melisso (Alcina), Paris (Romeo et Juliette), Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), Anthony (Sweeney Todd), St Brioche (The Merry Widow), the Café Manager (Greek), Riccardo (The Sound Garden), and the Dryblower in Iain Grandage’s The Dryblower and the Water Girl (a new opera for children commissioned by the Australian Opera Studio). In 2003, Luke sang Escamillo in Carmen for Simply Opera, touring NSW, after which he briefly became a member of Opera Australia’s chorus, singing the role of Narrator in the company’s tour of Midnite in both Melbourne and Adelaide, before joining the ranks of the principal artists.