Bass-Baritone. Voice Artist. Pianist. Producer.
A chorister with the Victorian Boys Choir from the age of 5, Adrian 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. Deciding to concentrate on solo classical singing, Adrian commenced vocal lessons with Bettine McCaughan, with whom he achieved great success winning awards in vocal eisteddfods (including the Royal South Street Competition and the City of Geelong Eisteddfod) and competitions (1996 - Finalist in the Victorian Liederfest, 1997 Winner of the Ernest Schilberger Award for Singing and Winner of the Inaugural Diamond Valley Aria Award). Following this period, Adrian was awarded the Robert Salzer Vocal Scholarship in 2002, as well as the winner of the Lygon Street Festa Aria Competition in 2003 and was in the finals of the Australian Puccini Foundation Award, 2006. In 2007 Adrian had won the inaugural Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria Competition, the Lythgo Trust Operatic Aria Award and the Melbourne Welsh Male Voice Choir Singer of the Year Competition. In 2010 Adrian was the recipient of the Acclaim Awards Scholarship and a finalist in the German Australian Opera Grant. In 2017 Adrian won Australia's most prestigious professional operatic prize, the Australian Opera Awards (YMF, MOST).
His singing has featured on cinema releases of opera, DVD, international recordings, motion picture soundtracks, radio, television (Woolworths Carols in the Domain) and Australian dramas including the soundtrack to "After the Deluge".
Adrian’s concert repertoire includes, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Stabat Mater; Handel’s Messiah, the Requiems of Mozart, Haydn, Verdi, Faure, von Suppé and Bowen; Haydn’s The Seasons and The Creation.
His Operatic debut was in 1997 and ever since has had a varied career as an operatic soloist (Opera Australia, West Australian Opera, Melbourne Opera), a concert performer (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Zelman Symphony Orchestra, Sydney University Graduate Choir) and Musical Director. Adrian has worked overseas, and has proudly sung in every state and territory in Australia. His work, both on and off the stage, has been nominated for awards and his performances have received critical acclaim.
Recent engagements for Opera Australia have included roles in La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata and Carmen as well as making his role debuts in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg; Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis; and in Shostakovich’s The Nose. He sang Colline (La Boheme) for West Australian Opera and co-produced a performance of Shostakovich's Symphony 13 - Babi Yar at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne.
2019 sees Adrian make role debuts in Luke Style's latest opera, 'Ned Kelly' (Lost and Found Opera) for the Perth International Festival, and singing the title role in Bartok's, Bluebeard's Castle in Melbourne and Sydney. His concert performances include Orff's Carmina Burana, Puccini's Messa di Gloria, and Verdi's Requiem.