Possessing a voice capable of “dazzling fireworks” (The Age), “laser-like precision” (Limelight Magazine) and “resplendent clarity” (Sydney Morning Herald), tenor Shanul Sharma is “the first Indian-born Australian to perform as a principal artist in an Australian opera” (SBS News) and currently a member of Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program.
Shanul launched his singing career as a lead vocalist in heavy metal bands and released three original studio albums between 2004-2012 while simultaneously exploring the classical singing style as an artistic expression. He relocated from Wagga Wagga to Melbourne and commenced his training as an opera singer in 2013.
Shanul’s operatic debut came in 2014 with Opera Australia as Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for the Victorian Schools’ Tour. He made his mainstage debut for the company at the Sydney Opera House as Madman in Berg’s Wozzeck (2019) and has since performed the roles of Il Conte di Libenskof in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and the Student in Reimann’s The Ghost Sonata to critical acclaim in both Sydney and Melbourne (2019). For 2020, Shanul was due to make his French opera debut as Léopold in Olivier Py’s production of Halévy’s La Juive.
Shanul regularly appears as a soloist for the company’s Great Opera Hits concert series and also appeared in concert with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in 2019 for Mazda Opera in the Domain which was broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. Shanul has also understudied the roles of Andrés in Wozzeck, Riccardo Percy and Gennaro in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena and Lucrezia Borgia for Opera Australia.
With other companies most notably, Shanul has appeared as Il Conte di Libenskof for the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in Moscow (2020 & 2019) and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy (2018), Il Conte d’Almaviva in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy (2018) and Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for Teatro Martinetti in Pavia, Italy (2017). Also in 2018, he represented the Rossini Opera Festival at the prestigious LaVerdi Auditorium in Milan as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. In addition, he has also performed the roles of Florville in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, the title role in Massenet’s Werther and the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah.
In high demand for gala concerts Shanul has featured most notably for Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award winning composition Calling All Dawns at the Llangollen Festival in Wales in 2017 while also appearing across various festivals and gala concerts in Australia, UK and Italy.
Shanul holds an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiﬀ, UK and is a winner of the 2017 ‘Canto Lirico’ discipline and the ‘Rossini International Award’ from Pesaro, Italy. He remains as the only artist to have won both the awards in the same calendar year.
Shanul Sharma is supported by Dr Alison Pert and Rod Sims