Henry Choo

Melbourne – Australia

Regarded as one of Australia’s most versatile lyric tenors, Henry Choo was raised in Melbourne, originally trained as a pianist, violinist and boy treble, is a graduate of the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC and an alumnus of both the Young Artist Program of OPERA QUEENSLAND and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program of OPERA AUSTRALIA.

He made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in OPERA QUEENSLAND‘s production of DON PASQUALE, and his debut with OPERA AUSTRALIA as the Italian Singer in DER ROSENKAVALIER.

Subsequent roles for OPERA AUSTRALIA have included Nemorino in L’ELISIR D’AMOREGerald in LAKMÉNadir in LES PÉCHEURS DE PERLESTamino in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTEDon Ottavio in DON GIOVANNIFerrando in COSI FAN TUTTEAlmaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIALysander in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAMTebaldo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHIAcis in ACIS AND GALATEAOronte in ALCINARinuccio in GIANNI SCHICCHI, the Hotel Porter in DEATH IN VENICECamille du Rossillon in THE MERRY WIDOWThe Defendant in TRIAL BY JURYFaninal/Major-Domo in DER ROSENKAVALIER, the Herald in RINALDO, the tenor soloist in Vaughan William’s THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS and the roles of Aldo/Nigel Clunes in BLISS in the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL production.

His roles for other companies include Cassio in OTELLODon Ottavio in DON GIOVANNI and Nadir in THE PEARLFISHERS for WEST AUSTRALIAN OPERAAlmaviva in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA  and Rory in HOW TO KILL YOUR HUSBAND for STATE OPERA SOUTH AUSTRALIA and for MELBOURNE OPERA his appearances include Leicester in MARIA STUARDA for which he was nominated for a GREEN ROOM AWARD and to which he returned for the company most recently in 2023, also the title role of ROBERTO DEVEREUX, the Sailor in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE and in 2024, Edgardo in LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR.

On the concert platform Choo has performed with the WORLD PEACE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, as soloist in Beethoven’s SYMPHONY NO.9, under the baton of Edo de Waart with the HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA and also with the NEW ZEALAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAORCHESTRA WELLINGTON and the CHRISTCHURCH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and most recently in 2022 with the ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. He has sung the roles of the Sailor and Shepherd in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE   with the AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA, has been a regular soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, Tasmanian, West Australian and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, ORCHESTRA VICTORIA, the AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA and THE AUSTRALIA ENSEMBLE in such works as Mahler’s SYMPHONY NO 8, Mozart’s REQUIEM and Handel’s MESSIAH, in Bach’s ST JOHN PASSIONST MATTHEW PASSION and THE CHRISTMAS ORATORIO with organisations including BACH MUSICA NZ and MELBOURNE BACH CHOIR.

Other concert engagements have included the premiere performances, with the QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, of Gordon Hamilton’s THE TRILLION SOULS, and Beethoven’s CHORAL FANTASY with the MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA while 2021 included his appearance as tenor soloist in Tippett’s A CHILD OF OUR TIME for the ADELAIDE FESTIVAL, of which LIMELIGHT said, Henry Choo was in truly beautiful voice, anguished and yearning in turn as the central protagonist of the piece. Of the Evangelist in ST JOHN PASSION with BACH MUSICA NZ in 2023, the NZ HERALD wrote, … a mighty Evangelist …one feels that the Australian lives with this role, fine-tuning every inflection and nuance and NZ OPERA MAGAZINE said, Once again Henry Choo’s captivating and strongly assured tenor clearly stood out.   His strength and stamina in leading the listeners through a massive work never wavered.  The varied shading of his voice, especially required in the compelling and gritty statement “Jesu von Nazareth, der Juden König !” was spine-tingling ! His pronunciation impeccable.

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