Biography

“… a tenor voice to die for – pure, immediate, unforced, utterly reliable.”
Nicholas Routley, Australian Stage, 23rd June 2018

Brenton Spiteri has performed throughout Australia and Europe as a principal artist, recitalist, and tenor soloist. He has recently been awarded a Marten Bequest scholarship through the Australia Council for the Arts, and later this year takes up a full scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

As an Opéra de Lyon Young Artist for two seasons, he performed at the Royal Opera Houses of Versailles and Vichy as First Soldier/Mercury in The Coronation of Poppea. He also performed as Trac in the award-winning Le Roi Carotte. 

Brenton performs frequently with Pinchgut Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, Victorian Opera, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia and Melbourne Opera, among other prominent Australian companies.  Selected roles have included Tamino, The Magic Flute; Almaviva, The Barber of Seville; Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi; Ernesto, Don Pasquale; Nadir, The Pearl Fishers. 

He notably created the role of Ashley Crowther in the Helpmann nominated Fly Away Peter, as well as the title role in Oscar and Lucinda, both for Sydney Chamber Opera (the latter in co-production with Opera Queensland and Victorian Opera)He is a passionate performer of new and modern music, and critical acclaim for both these role creations was extensive, with The Australian Book Review praising his “remarkable” performance as Oscar, and The Guardian making note of his “caramel tones and… twists of wit and fun.”

Concert repertoire includes Britten’s Les Illuminations for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and various performances with the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He has also appeared in recital with Songmakers Australia, Melbourne Art Song Collective, La Compañia, Ludovico’s Band and Opera Queensland, in a broad range of repertoire.

Brenton Spiteri was awarded first prize in the Herald Sun Aria, runner-up in the Mietta Song Competition, and was also the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith scholar through the Melba Opera Trust. He is a graduate of The University of Melbourne, where he completed an Honours Degree in Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in French and English Literature. 

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