Luke Gabbedy

Baritone

Management: Australasia

Carmen, Opera Australia
 “More interesting were the voices of the smugglers, Luke Gabbedy (Dancairo) … whose scenes were played with a swaggering bravado and lusty singing befitting the tough guys”
David Vance, Sydney Morning Herald, February 2014

Lakmé, Opera Australia
“Luke Gabbedy, as the loyal friend Frederic, was among the most effective, and sang with well-articulated clarity.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, August 2011

Dido and Aeneas, Opera Australia
..”Singing with burnished tone and purposeful strength, Luke Gabbedy's Aeneas was equally impressive. In a role that can seem bland, he found emotional depths instead”
Murray Black
The Australian, 29 June 2009

The Barber of Seville West Australian Opera
“Baritone Luke Gabbedy gives an excellent performance of Figaro. A splendid Italian-sounding baritone with a winning smile, he wins over the audience the moment he rides on stage on his antique bicycle.”
Rosalind Appleby, The West, 4 August 2008

Luke Gabbedy completed a Diploma of Performing Arts and Bachelor of Music Performance at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, and a Graduate Diploma of Education at the Edith Cowan University. He has been a finalist in many major singing competitions including the Covent Garden National Opera Studio Scholarship, the German Operatic Award, second place in the Metropolitan Opera Young Artist Study Award, second place in the National Operatic Aria Competition and the McDonald’s Aria. 

Luke made his principal debut with Opera Australia as Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette in 2005, and since then has sung the title role and Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Zurga (The Pearfishers), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte),  Danilo (The Merry Widow), Frederic (Lakmé), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), Sacristan (Tosca), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Jupiter (Orpheus in the Underworld), Cristian (Un ballo in maschera), Pish Tush (The Mikado), Giuseppe (The Gondoliers), Slim (Of Mice and Men), Donald (Billy Budd), Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Marullo (Rigoletto) and Dancairo (Carmen), as well as the title role in Opera Australia’s Tour of Don Giovanni.  

He has also performed the title role in The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Marcello (La bohème) and Silvio (Pagliacci) for West Australian Opera, and Yamadori for State Opera of South Australia. 

Luke’s recent roles with Opera Australia include Gunther and covering Donner in the Melbourne season of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Pantaloon in Love For Three Oranges, Zurga in The Pearfishers, Dancairo in Carmen, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Sacristan in Tosca, Ping in Turandot, Marquis in La Traviata and Deputy 2 in Don Carlos, as well as featuring in Opera Australia’s Great Opera Hits concert series at the Sydney Opera House in 2015 and 2016 and Opera in The Domain in 2017. His 2017 roles include Escamillo in Carmen, Handa’s Opera on Sydney Harbour, Sacristan in Tosca, Cascada in The Merry Widow, as well as covering Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana, Tonio in Pagliacci, the title role in King Roger and  Danilo in The Merry Widow. Luke will also sing the role of Richard Nixon in The Nixon Tapes for Vivid Festival, Sydney.

 Luke was a member of the West Australian Opera Chorus, during which time he travelled to Italy to sing Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, and in 2002 became a member of the West Australian Opera Young Artist Program. In the same year he was also invited to be a Developing Artist of the Australian Opera Studio. Roles during this time included Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Melisso (Alcina), Paris (Romeo et Juliette), Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly), Anthony (Sweeney Todd), St Brioche (The Merry Widow), the Café Manager (Greek), Riccardo (The Sound Garden), and the Dryblower in Iain Grandage’s The Dryblower and the Water Girl (a new opera for children commissioned by the Australian Opera Studio).In 2003, Luke sang Escamillo in Carmen for Simply Opera, touring NSW, after which he briefly became a member of Opera Australia’s chorus, singing the role of Narrator in the company’s tour of Midnite in both Melbourne and Adelaide, before joining the ranks of the Principal artists. 

Luke Gabbedy is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2017
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