Adrian McEniery is a graduate of the QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM. His awards include the 1999 OPERA AWARD of the AUSTRALIAN SINGING COMPETITION, a 1996 CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP, and the 1995 BRITTEN-PEARS SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP. He was a member of the VICTORIA STATE OPERA ‘s Young Artist Program in 1994 and 1995.
Adrian McEniery now sings baritone repertoire but has enjoyed an impressive operatic experience in the performance of tenor roles extending back to 1992 and 1993 when he was first engaged by OPERA QUEENSLAND to sing Goro in MADAM BUTTERFLY and the title role in Mozart’s LUCIO SILLA and to appear in the role of Captain Vere in Britten’s BILLY BUDD for the BRISBANE BIENNIAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC.
The following year he appeared in the title role of Gounod’s FAUST and as the First Armed Man in THE MAGIC FLUTE for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA and, during 1995, as Remendado in CARMEN for the same company, as Spoletta in TOSCA both for OPERA QUEENSLAND and for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA and as Camille de Rossillon in THE MERRY WIDOW for CANTERBURY OPERA in Christchurch.
In the UK, during 1996. he sang the role of Male Chorus in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA for the BRITTEN-PEARS SCHOOL production at Aldeburgh.
Between 1997 and 2007, Adrian McEniery‘s engagements included The Beadle in SWEENEY TODD for OPERA QUEENSLAND and the roles of both The Duke and Borsa in RIGOLETTO for OZ OPERA and OPERA QUEENSLAND, both Cassio and Roderigo in OTELLO, Bardolfo in FALSTAFF, Malcolm and the cover of Macduff in Verdi’s MACBETH, Turiddu in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and Beppe in I PAGLIACCI, and Goro in MADAM BUTTERFLY all for OPERA NEW ZEALAND, Rodolfo in LA BOHEME for OPERA UNDER THE STARS, Don Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI and Male Chorus in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA both for the VICTORIA STATE OPERA.
During this same period he established himself as a regular principal artist for OPERA AUSTRALIA appearing as Edmondo in MANON LESCAUT, Pang in TURANDOT, Andres in Berg’s WOZZECK, the Major Domo in DER ROSENKAVALIER, the First Jew in SALOME and the Second Noble in LOHENGRIN. He also covered Steva in JENUFA, Captain Vere in BILLY BUDD and Aschenbach in DEATH IN VENICE. Other operatic engagements during this same period included appearing as Tom Rakewell in the OZ OPERA production of THE RAKE’S PROGRESS and as Dr S in Michael Nyman’s THE MAN WHO MISTOOK HIS WIFE FOR A HAT for OPERALIVE.
He appeared in the roles of King Pandion & The First Soldier in the 2007 world premiere co-production between the WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA, the QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL and VICTORIAN OPERA of Richard Mills’ THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE.
During 2008, Adrian McEniery covered the role of Gregor in Janacek’s THE MAKROPULOS CASE for OPERA AUSTRALIA and appeared as Lucano and The First Soldier in Monteverdi’s THE CORONATION OF POPPEA for VICTORIAN OPERA.
On the concert platform, Adrian McEniery appeared as soloist with the SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in performances of Britten’s SERENADE FOR TENOR, HORN & STRINGS during 1997, was soloist in Handel’s MESSIAH for THE QUEENSLAND ORCHESTRA in 1996, the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in 1997, and for the ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA in 2001, was engaged by the SYDNEY PHILHARMONIA CHOIR to sing the Evangelist in Bach’s ST JOHN PASSION during 2006 and as tenor soloist in the Mozart REQUIEM for the ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA during 2001. Other concert engagements include being soloist in the Dvorak STABAT MATER, Haydn’s NELSON MASS and THE CREATION and Rorem’s EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN in the 2004 program of the MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL.
He has broadcast Schubert’s song cycle, DIE SCHONE MULLERIN for 4MBS FM and has given solo recitals in ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS and at ST JAMES’S PICCADILLY in London.
Adrian McEniery‘s engagements during 2009 included performing the role of Der Tanzmeister in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for VICTORIAN OPERA, in which he also covered the lead tenor role of Bacchus. He also appeared as Cavaradossi in TOSCA for MELBOURNE OPERA, performances of which THEATREPEOPLE reviewing online said, Adrian McEniery is in fine voice and brings conviction to the noble plight of his character.
2010 and 2011 included regular appearances for young audiences of the role of Sir Topham Hat in THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE for MARILLA PRODUCTIONS in Australia, a role he subsequently continued to perform, during 2012 and 2013, as part of SMILE LIVE‘s international touring production of THOMAS & FRIENDS in seasons in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.
2011 also included Pang in TURANDOT for MONASH UNIVERSITY, and the set of tenor roles – Andres, Cochenille, Franz, Pitichinaccio and Nathaniel – in THE TALES OF HOFFMANN for WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA.
Also during 2013 he appeared in the role of Delfa in Cavalli’s opera, GIASONE for PINCHGUT OPERA in Sydney.
2015 included the role of Ottokar in DER FREISCHUTZ for MELBOURNE OPERA and Don Magnifico in LA CENERENTOLA for CITIOPERA and a return to the WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERA as Basilio in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO.
Appearances during 2016 included the title role in Gilbert & Sullivan’s THESPIS for GERTRUDE OPERA at the NAGAMBIE LAKES FESTIVAL.
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