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.
Adrian’s many prizes and scholarship wins have included the Robert Salzer Vocal Scholarship, the Lygon Street Festa Aria Competition, the inaugural Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition (in 2007), the Lythgo Trust Operatic Aria Award and the Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir Singer of the Year Competition. He has been the recipient of the Acclaim Awards Scholarship and was twice a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant.
He has enjoyed a varied career as an operatic soloist (Opera Australia, Melbourne Opera, West Australian Opera), has appeared on television (Woolworths Carols in the Domain) and has been a musical director and producer. His work, both on and off the stage, has been nominated for awards (Green Room Award nomination) and received critical acclaim.
Recent engagements for Opera Australia have included Alcindoro and Benoît in Gale Edwards’ production of La bohème, Leporello in Don Giovanni – touring throughout Australia, Zuniga in Carmen, Antonio in Le nozze di Figaro, Sciarrone in Tosca and The Speaker in The Magic Flute; he sang Colline for West Australian Opera and also joined an all-star cast in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 for the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Adrian Tamburini sings Pierto (Simon Boccanegra), The Cook (The Love for Three Oranges) and The Maestro (The Eighth Wonder) for Opera Australia and joins the Penrith Symphony Orchestra in Verdi’s Requiem. In 2017, he sings the title role in The Marriage of Figaro for Opera Australia’s touring production and continues his mainstage relationship with the national company with appearances in Tosca, Carmen, La traviata and La bohème.