Shanul Sharma

Tenor
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Tenor Shanul Sharma made his operatic debut in 2014 with Opera Australia as Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, followed by the Madman in Berg’s Wozzeck (2019) and the roles of Il Conte di Libenskof in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and The Student in Reimann’s The Ghost Sonata, to critical acclaim in both Sydney and Melbourne. Shanul has also appeared in concert with the Opera Australia Orchestra for Mazda Opera in the Domain which was broadcast live on ABC Classic FM.

This year Shanul performs with Opera Australia in concert and in the role of Tamino (The Magic Flute) and will again feature in Opera by the Lakes, as well as Opera Queensland’s 2024 Bel Canto festival.

Last year he made his Perth Festival debut in the festival’s opening night concert, Music of the Spheres. He also returned to Opera Australia to perform the role of Ghandi in and Almaviva in The Barber of Seville on the national tour, featured in Opera by the Lakes, and then created the role of Cardinale Francesco Barberini in the world premiere performance of Richard Mills’ new opera, Galileo, for Victorian Opera.

With other companies most notably Shanul has appeared as Il Conte di Libenskof for the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in Moscow (2020 & 2019) and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy (2018); in the title role of Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto at Teatro Olimpico for Festival Vicenza in Lirica (Sept 2021); Almaviva for Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy (2018); and Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Pavia, Italy (2017). Shanul also represented the Rossini Opera Festival at the prestigious LaVerdi Auditorium in Milan as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo in 2018, and has performed the roles of Florville in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, the title role in Massenet’s Werther and the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah.

Shanul regularly appears in festivals and features at gala performances in Australia as well as in Italy and the United Kingdom, featuring most notably in Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award winning composition Calling All Dawns at the Llangollen Festival in Wales in 2017.

Shanul holds an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, UK and is a winner of the 2017 Canto Lirico discipline and the Rossini International Award from Pesaro, Italy. He remains the only artist to have won both the awards in the same calendar year. In 2019, he was awarded Broadway World Sydney’s Best Male Performer in an Opera for his performance as The Student in The Ghost Sonata for Opera Australia and was a part of the company’s Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Program from 2018-2021.

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"Satyagraha is also the perfect vehicle for Indian-Australian tenor Shanul Sharma (Gandhi) with his superb purity of tone, lovely sound throughout the range and almost mesmeric stage presence……”

Barney Zwartz

"There was an ethereal quality about tenor Shanul Sharma’s interpretation of Gandhi, especially in his solo that brought the performance to a close; his voice gently shimmered……..”

Patricia Maunder

"…..Shanul (Sharma) sang Glass like it was written for him. No, like it was him. It came from that place that transforms skill to art……”

"…….Indian-Australian tenor Shanul Sharma’s Gandhi was an achievement like few others. Vocally gleaming in quality, Sharma impressively navigated the role’s often lower written range with effortlessness. …….Sharma embodied the spirit of Gandhi with calm command. From the first few notes accompanied by pensive bass strings and with heartfelt humility, Sharma brought immediate attention to the man whose elevation to the echelon of greats he went on to stunningly depict in the work’s divine silken-threaded conclusion.………. Sharma’s was an astonishingly emotional performance that no doubt brought tears to more eyes than mine."

Paul Selar

"Shanul Sharma, performing the role of Gandhi, had a captivating element to his voice – a sense of romantic heroism that followed through to his performance, presenting a princely interpretation of the well-known historical figure."

Jenna Schroder

“ . . . Shanul Sharma . . . lightning-fast and radiant high notes, which fill the theatre, ample technical and scenic confidence, with an important charisma. A true king . . . The authoritative posture, in addition to the penetrating gaze, makes the idea of the monarch.”

Cristina Miriam Chiaffoni

"Sharma has a voice that exemplifies the principles of bel canto – an ease throughout his much extended range, musical clarity in all fioritura and a melting command of morbidezza...."

Victoria Watson

"Particular mention must be made of tenor Shanul Sharma. The role of the Student is extraordinarily demanding, and he was flawless throughout, depicting the considerable emotional range throughout the vocal demands."

Peter Hurley

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