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Ass. Prof. Adrian Tamburini is appointed Head of Vocal Performance

We welcome Ass. Prof. Adrian Tamburini to our staff team as Head of Vocal Performance where he will be working in both the Higher Education and Public Examination Departments.

Tamburini is a well known face (and voice) across the Australian opera and concert stage, a pedagog, and critically acclaimed music director and producer.

At the age of 5, Adrian started as a chorister with the Victorian Boys Choir and has always had a passion for music and singing.

His operatic debut was in 1997 and since then he has enjoyed a varied career with diverse roles including operatic soloist, recording artist (including motion picture soundtracks, radio, cinematic opera releases), television appearances and television drama work such as the soundtrack to “After the Deluge”. Adrian also works as a music director, a producer, a vocal coach for Stage School Australia and language coach at prominent universities. His work, both on and off stage, has received critical acclaim including being nominated for a Green Room Award.

As a Bass-Baritone, his engagements for Opera Australia and other notable opera companies include roles in Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Carmen, Tosca, The Magic Flute, La Traviata, Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, Das Rheingold, Simon Boccanegra, The Love for Three Oranges, The Eighth Wonder, Brian Howard’s Metamorphosis, Shostakovich’s The Nose, and Verdi’s Macbeth - to name a few… While on the concert stage he is notable for 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, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8.

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, 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.

As a music educator, Adrian has taught and mentored students throughout Victoria and New South Wales at such schools as Monash University, MacDonald College, Patrick Studios Australia, Danceworld Studios, and VCASS. He starts out his journey at the Australian Guild of Music Education, leading the development of new vocal syllabi and working with students in the Degree Programs through Technique, Performance and Language masterclasses. He is also responsible for vocal auditions, examinations and degree technical and repertoire standards.


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