Artist Biography

Regarded as one of Australia's finest lyric tenors with a voice that displays great versatility across a range of styles, Henry was raised in the cultural city of Melbourne and originally trained as a pianist, violinist and boy soprano. He achieved an Associate Diploma in Singing under the tutelage of Noel Ancell OAM, and furthered his operatic studies at the Melba Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music, as well as with late French repertoire specialist Susan Falk.

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Henry is an alumnus of both the Young Artist Program of Opera Queensland and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program of Opera Australia. He has received multiple Green Room Award nominations, most recently for his portrayal of Robert Leicester in Melbourne Opera's production of Maria Stuarda.

Henry made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in Opera Queensland's production of Don Pasquale, and his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.

Henry Choo - Don Pasquale

Don Pasquale | Credit: Rob Maccoll

Other roles for Opera Australia have included Nemorino in L'elisir D'amore, Gerald in Lakmé, Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Acis in Acis and Galatea, Oronte in Alcina, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Hotel Porter in Death in Venice, Camille du Rossillon in The Merry Widow, The Defendant in Trial By Jury, Faninal Major-Domo in Der Rosenkavalier, Herald in Rinaldo, as well as tenor soloist in Vaughan William's The Pilgrim's Progress, Mozart's Requiem and excerpts from Mozart's Mitridate re di Ponto.

His roles for other companies include Cassio in Otello, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles for West Australian Opera, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for State Opera South Australia, Robert Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Roberto Devereux in Roberto Devereux and Sailor in Tristan Und Isolde for Melbourne Opera, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte for Harbour City Opera, Martin in The Tender Land for Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Lord Riccardo Percy in Anna Bolena and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos for OperaBox, Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola and Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos for Citiopera, Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore, Nanki-Poo in The Mikado, Frederick in The Pirates of Penzance, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus.

Henry has also premiered the roles of Aldo/Nigel Clunes in Bliss at the Edinburgh International Festival for Opera Australia, and the role of Russell in Busking Hugs for OzOpera. He has also appeared as Borsa in Rigoletto for the Macau International Music Festival and is one of very few tenors in Australia to have performed all three of Donizetti "Tudor Operas".

Henry Choo - Bliss

Bliss | Credit: Branco Gaica

Henry's concert and corporate profile has been impressive and varied. He has performed with the World Peace Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne, Sydney, Queensland, Tasmanian, West Australian and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Youth Orchestra, The Australia Ensemble, Australian Army Band, Zelman Symphony, Three Australian Tenors, and the Three Chinese Tenors.

Henry has performed at many operatic concert-style events including Opera in the Rainforest, Opera in the Arboretum, Opera in the Vineyard, Opera at Pegasus Bay (NZ), the launch of Melbourne's Food and Wine Festival, and the opening concert of the Australian International Guitar Festival held in Adelaide where he teamed up with internationally acclaimed guitarists Oliver Fartach-Naini and Lee Song-Ou to present excerpts from Schubert's Der Winterreise.

Henry has also been broadcast on local and international television and radio on numerous occasion, appears in several operatic CD/DVD recordings, and features as a sung voice-over in the P. J. Hogan film Mental, starring Toni Collette.

On a more traditional front, Henry has performed soloist in many oratorio and symphonic works including Mahler's Symphony No 8, Mozart's Requiem, Händel's Messiah, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Bach's St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, and Mendelssohn's Elijah to name but a few. He has performed recitals for various organisations including Opera Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Opera Society of Victoria, The Australian Robert Stolz Society and The Lieder Society of Victoria.

Henry Choo - The Tender Land

The Tender Land | Credit: Sarah Walker

2014 saw Henry perform the role of Cassio in Otello for West Australian Opera, Martin in The Tender Land for Lyric Opera of Melbourne (for which he received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Male Operatic Lead), Sailor/Shepherd in Tristan Und Isolde for Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the premiere performance of An Australian War Requiem by Christopher Bowen OAM in commemoration of the centenary of WWI. It also saw Henry embark upon a concert tour of China, followed by performances of Haydn's Harmony Mass with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana with Orchestra Wellington, and performances of Messiah with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Choral, and the Collegium Symphonic Chorus in Perth.

2015 saw Henry perform the role of Lord Riccardo Percy in Anna Bolena for OperaBox (Western Australia). This was the first time the opera had been performed in Australia in 140 years. This was followed closely by a premiere performance with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra of The Trillion Souls, by Australian composer Gordon Hamilton. Other engagements included the role of Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola for CitiOpera, Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bach's Magnificat with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, ChorusOz with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Bach Musica NZ.

Anna Bolena and Ariadne auf Naxos have dominated Henry's operatic performances for 2016, whilst his concert performances have included Bach's St Matthew Passion for Melbourne Bach Choir, Opera in the Orchard (Shepparton Arts Festival), and performances with Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Wellington.

Radiance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas BRAVO Cruise | Credit: Henry Choo

Henry has recently returned from a successful sojourn with the Radiance of the Seas - Bravo Performing Arts Cruise, where he performed several recitals and concerts to much appreciation of those on board, and didn't get sea-sick!

information about future engagements currently remains under embargo. Regularly visit Henry's engagements page and twitter feed for the latest details about future performances.

Finally, when not performing or learning new music, Henry's other interests include photography, massage therapy practice, coaching AFLW junior football, badminton, teaching singing and playing violin in an amateur orchestra named Squawkestra.

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