"....it is so difficult, but he is one of the few people in the world who can sing it." - Lyndon Terracini AM, Artistic Director, Opera Australia on Shanul's role as Il Conte di Libenskof in Rossini's 'Il viaggio a Reims'
"Not only was he placed first in the vocal section but then, in the round for all instrumentalists, he was again placed first. Effectively the prix d'honeur of the festival. This is an extraordinary achievement and something that, for example, I personally could not have achieved at his stage of development… Bravo Shanul!” WIAV Director Dennis O’Neill on Shanul winning the 2017 Rossini International Award in Pesaro, Italy
Possessing a voice capable of “dazzling fireworks” (The Age), “laser-like precision” (Limelight Magazine) and “resplendent clarity” (Sydney Morning Herald), tenor Shanul Sharma is “the first Indian-born Australian to perform as a principal artist in an Australian opera” (SBS News) and currently a member of Opera Australia’s Young Artist Program.
Shanul launched his singing career as lead vocalist for Heavy-Metal bands releasing three studio albums and fronting national tours over 8 years. Concurrently he explored the classical singing technique as a stylistic expression and in late 2012 relocated to Melbourne to privately commence his classical singing studies. In June 2017 he obtained a Masters in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice (WIAV) under the directorship of renowned Welsh tenor Mr.Dennis O’Neill.
Shanul made his operatic debut as ‘Don Ramiro’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Opera Australia’s Victorian schools tour in 2014 and was later engaged to sing the titular role of Massenet’s Werther with Lyric Opera of Melbourne.
In 2015 Shanul joined renowned Australian artists Marina Prior, Cheryl Barker and John Bolton-Wood for gala concerts around Australia and took part in Opera Australia’s season of Verdi’s Aida on Sydney Harbour. He was also offered a coaching residency at Opera Australia with Joshua Hecht during this time.
2016 saw Shanul feature at yet more gala concerts alongside Greta Bradman, David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes while also starring in ‘Canzoni Di Mio Padre’ (a selection of Neapolitan, Roman and Italian songs) at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He also made his oratorio debut as the tenor soloist/Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and sang the role of ‘Florville’ in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino with Lyric Opera of Melbourne. During this time, with assistance from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, Ars Musica Australis and the Australian Cultural Fund Shanul successfully crowdfunded more than A$54,000 in total to complete a Masters at the Wales International Academy of Voice and relocated to Cardiff, UK until July 2017.
Shanul briefly returned to Australia in early 2017 to take part in his second ‘Opera in the Alps’ and ‘Opera in the Market’ gala concerts and through WIAV he featured at various music festivals in Wales and the UK including the 2017 Llangollen Festival for Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award winning composition ‘Calling All Dawns’ with the Welsh National Opera orchestra.
In April 2017 Shanul was awarded the ‘Canto Lirico’ and ‘2017 Rossini International’ awards at the ‘Concorso Internazionale Musicale Citta di Pesaro’ (CIMP), an annual competition held in Pesaro, Italy to celebrate the works of the Italian composer Gioachino Rossini. He also made his Italian debut as 'Ernesto' in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in September that year and appeared in concerts and galas in northern Italy for the remainder of 2017.
Shanul returned to Australia in January 2018 for a four month extensive tour of Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia as Il Conte d'Almaviva. He reprised the role in May 2018 at Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy while in August 2018 he debuted as ‘Il Conte di Libenskof’ in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims at the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival (ROF) in Pesaro, Italy. In September (representing ROF) he made his recital debut at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo while also debuting as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater at LaVerdi in Milan under the baton of Claus Peter Flor in October 2018.
Shanul is currently a part of Opera Australia’s Moffatt-Oxenbould Young Artist Programme and since joining in July 2018, among other roles has appeared as Il Conte di Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims) and Der Student (Die Gespenstersonate, Reimann) in Melbourne and Sydney with the company to critical acclaim.
He was also invited in October 2019 and March 2020 to perform as Il Conte di Libenskof (Il viaggio a Reims) at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.