In 2016, Shane Lowrencev sang Escamillo (Carmen) and Schaunard (La bohème) for Opera Australia and Hunding in Die Walküre for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 2017, he appears as Scarpia (Tosca), Escamillo and Shaunard for the national company and is a soloist with the Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
Shane Lowrencev was born in Melbourne and, in 2000, graduated from the Melba Memorial Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music. He furthered his studies at The Australian National Academy of Music and at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. While studying at the Melba, Shane received the Robert Salzer Scholarship Award for Operatic Potential as well as a Victoria University Scholarship. In 2008, he won the Australian Singing Competition's Opera Awards featuring the Youth Music Foundation of Australia Inc Award adjudicated by Cheryl Barker, Richard Bonynge and Robert Gard.
Shane is a full-time principal artist with Opera Australia. His roles have included –Scarpia in Tosca, title roles in Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, Escamillo in Carmen, Schaunard in La bohème and principal bass roles in Bliss, La fanciulla de West and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He has also sung The King: Aida, Polyphemus: Acis and Galatea, Guglielmo: Così fan tutte, Capellio in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Ferrando: Il trovatore, Baron Douphol: La traviata, Cascada: The Merry Widow, Cook: The Love For Three Oranges, Filiberto: Il Signor Bruschino, Pistola: Falstaff, Timur: Turandot, Monterone: Rigoletto, Sergeant of Police: Pirates of Penzance, Betto di Signa: Gianni Schicchi, Basilio: Il barbiere di Siviglia, Melisso: Alcina, Lodovico: Otello, Nourabad: The Pearlfishers - all for Opera Australia. He also sang Colline in La bohème for West Australian Opera.
Shane has enjoyed a distinguished career on the concert platform having performed the bass solos in Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus, Messiah, La Resurrezione; Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Mass in C Minor, Coronation Mass and Missa Brevis; Bach’s B Minor Mass, Sleepers Wake Cantata No.140, St John Passion, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion; Haydn’s Creation; Schubert’s Missa Brevis.
His roles for Opera Australia in 2012/2013 included Mozart’s Figaro, the 1st Nazarene in a new production of Salome, Scarpia in Tosca and Schaunard in La bohème; he also covered the role of Wotan/The Wanderer in Der Ring des Nibelungen.
In 2014, Shane Lowrencev reprised the roles of Schaunard and Escamillo and starred in two of Opera Australia’s new productions – as Prince Selim in Il turco in Italia and Leporello in Don Giovanni. The following year, he sang Scarpia, Leporello, Schaunard and The Count (in a new production of Le nozze di Figaro); he also took the role of Brander in the Melbourne Symphony’s performances of Le damnation de Faust.