I am a lyric tenor from Melbourne, born in India. On my family’s insistence that I get good training for a ‘sensible’ career in IT, in 2002 I relocated to Australia to commence a bachelor’s degree at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, NSW. I have sung for as long as I can remember and find it to be an integral part of my expression as a human being. What no one realised at the time when I was training in IT was the great potential I have as one of the rarest operatic voice types.
It took a while for me to find opera and for opera to find me. I began as a lead vocalist in heavy metal bands and released three studio albums over 8 years. During this time, I explored the classical singing style and was quite surprised at how naturally it came to me. In August 2012 I relocated to Melbourne and began training as an Opera singer.
Entering the world of Opera relatively ‘late’ made it difficult for me to enter youth programmes and competitions. Thus far my training has remained self-funded and I have worked with some of the best coaches in Australia as well as with reputable international figures; Daria Masiero (Italy), Gianluca Terranova (Italy) and Joshua Hecht (USA).
I have had some extraordinary opportunities despite my lack of formal training and have built a solid reputation on the concert platform. I am now in the situation where to move to the grand opera stage, I require training aimed specifically for singers at the ‘early professional’ points in their career.
My acceptance at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the directorship of Mr. Dennis O’Neill CBE provides me with just this; it is an opportunity offered to only a handful of singers each year from around the world and there is nothing like it in Australia – or the world. Outstanding Australian singers like Greta Bradman and Siobhan Stagg have trained there.
My specific need is for funding to enable me to take up this amazing offer. My immediate aim is to raise funds to pay for the tuition fees, which are $30,000. My six-month aim is to raise enough money for accommodation, living, travel and visa expenses. These amount to $23,000. My immediate aim is to raise $40,000 through the ACF. Please note that all donations made through the ACF are tax deductible.
After auditioning for Opera Australia in 2014 I was offered a number of contracts with them; OA Victorian Schools Tour (2014), HOSH Chorus “Aïda” (2015), and an OA coaching residency (2015).
I also regularly perform in high profile opera concerts; Opera in the Alps, Opera in the Market (2016 – with Greta Bradman and Teddy Tahu Rhodes), Opera in the Park (2015 – with Cheryl Barker and John Bolton-Wood AM), Opera By the Lakes (2015-16 – with Marina Prior and David Hobson), Opera in the Q (2015), Werther (title role) – Lyric Opera of Melbourne (2014) as well as at numerous private functions.
My time at the WIAV will allow me develop and showcase my talent to some truly influential people in the Opera industry on a global level and I am confident that by the end of it I will be ready for the world stage and will promote the multicultural face of the Australian opera industry.