"....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), ‘radiant high notes’ (Opera Libera) and ‘resplendent clarity’ (Sydney Morning Herald), tenor Shanul Sharma ‘the first Indian-born Australian to perform as a principal artist in an Australian opera’ (SBS News).
Shanul launched his singing career as a lead vocalist in heavy metal bands and released three original studio albums between 2004-2012 while simultaneously exploring the classical singing style as an artistic expression. He relocated from Wagga Wagga to Melbourne and commenced his training as an opera singer in 2013.
Shanul’s operatic debut came in 2014 with Opera Australia as ‘Don Ramiro’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for the Victorian Schools’ Tour. He made his main stage debut for the company at the Sydney Opera House as ‘Madman’ in Berg’s Wozzeck (2019) and has since performed the roles of ‘Il Conte di Libenskof’ in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and ‘The Student’ in Reimann’s The Ghost Sonata to critical acclaim in both Sydney and Melbourne (2019). For 2021 Shanul will be debuting as 'Prince Léopold' in Halevy's rarely performed La Juive and as 'Earl of Leicester' in Donizetti's Maria Stuarda.
Shanul has also appeared in concert with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra in 2019 for Mazda Opera in the Domain which was broadcast live on ABC Classic FM.
With other companies most notably, Shanul has appeared as ‘Il Conte di Libenskof’ for the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in Moscow (2020 & 2019) and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy (2018), as the title role in Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto at Teatro Olimpico for Festival Vicenza in Lirica (Sept 2021), 'Lindoro' in Rossini's L'italiana in Algeri for Fondazione Rete Lirica delle Marche (2022), ‘Il Conte d’Almaviva’ in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia for Teatro del Giglio in Lucca, Italy (2018) and Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale for Teatro Martinetti, Italy (2017). Also in 2018, he represented the Rossini Opera Festival at the prestigious LaVerdi Auditorium in Milan as the tenor soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. In addition, he has also performed the roles of ‘Florville’ in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino, the title role in Massenet’s Werther and the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah.
In high demand for gala concerts Shanul has featured most notably for Christopher Tin’s Grammy Award winning composition Calling All Dawns at the Llangollen Festival in Wales in 2017 while also appearing across various festivals and gala concerts in Australia, UK and Italy with artists such as Cheryl Barker and Teddy-Tahu Rhodes.
Shanul holds an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice in Cardiff, UK and is a winner of the 2017 ‘Canto Lirico’ discipline and the ‘Rossini International Award’ from Pesaro, Italy. He remains as the only artist to have won both the awards in the same calendar year.
In 2019, he was awarded Broadway World Sydney’s ‘Best Performer in an Opera - Male’ for his performance as ‘The Student’ in The Ghost Sonata for Opera Australia and was a part of the company's Moffatt-Oxenbould Young Artist Program from 2018-2021.