Luke Gabbedy

Baritone

Management: Australasia

The Nixon Tapes, Vivid Live, Sydney Opera House

“…As Richard Nixon, baritone Luke Gabbedy’s dark-hued timbre and firm-voiced power captured the US president’s capricious character”.
Murray Black, The Australian, June 2017

 

Carmen – Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

“…Sustaining resounding power and an appealing dark-hued timbre, baritone Luke Gabbedy conveyed the toreador Escamillo’s swaggering bravado and virile machismo.”
Murray Black, The Australian, March 27 2017

“…the toreador Escamillo, is conceived of as an overbearing but affable celebrity with sequined clothes and obsequious entourage, and Luke Gabbedy projected this with domineering confidence, the voice firm and well-set”.
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, March 27 2017

 

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, 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, 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.

 

In 2021, Luke’s roles will include Cascada (The Merry Widow), Sacristan (Tosca), Jago (Ernani), Hermann (Tales of Hoffmann) and Gunther (Die GÅ‘tterdämmerung) for Opera Australia. He will also once again feature in the Great Opera Hits performances. After performing the title role in Don Giovanni and Escamillo (Carmen) in 2020, he was also engaged to perform Gunther in Wagner’s Ring Cycle and to cover the title role of Eugen Onegin, also for Opera Australia.

 

Luke’s most recent performances with Opera Australia have included Valentin (Faust), for which he received the Green Room award for Artist in Supporting Role (Opera), his long-awaited debut as Marcello in La Boheme, Albert (Werther), Don Alvaro (Il Viaggio a Reims), Marullo (Rigoletto), Matheiu (Andrea Chenier) Cascada (The Merry Widow), Escamillo and Dancairo (Carmen),Sacristan (Tosca), Kothner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), as well as covering Giorgio Germont (La Traviata), the title role in Rigoletto and Prosdocimo (Il turco in Italia).

 

After making his principal debut with Opera Australia in 2005 as Mercutio in Romeo et Juliette, Luke has also sung the title role and Fiorello in The Barber of Seville, Gunther in Wagner’s Ring Cycle, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Zurga (The Pearfishers), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte),  Danilo (The Merry Widow), Pantaloon (Love For Three Oranges), Ping (Turandot), Marquis (La Traviata), Frederic (Lakmé), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Aeneas (Dido & Aeneas), 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), and Marco (Gianni Schicchi),as well as the title role in Opera Australia’s Tour of Don Giovanni. Luke has featured in the Great Opera Hits concert series at the Sydney Opera House, as well as Opera in The Domain, and covered the major roles of Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tonio (Pagliacci) and the title role in King Roger.

 

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, Yamadori for State Opera South Australia and featured as Richard Nixon in The Nixon Tapes (John Adams) for the Vivid Festival at Sydney Opera House.

 

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 2021
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