Shanul Sharma with Helena Kernaghan
Australia’s rising star of the international opera world, tenor Shanul Sharma returns to his hometown to perform an exciting concert of loved operatic arias, Neapolitan songs and plenty of memorable musical moments.
Shanul will be joined by accomplished pianist Helena Kernaghan for this special one time event.
Shanul Sharma: Born in India, Shanul studied Information Technology in Australia before starting out as lead vocalist in heavy metal bands, touring and releasing three original studio albums. His exploration of the classical singing technique led him to privately commence opera studies in Melbourne in 2012.
Shanul’s opera debut came in 2014 as Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola (Opera Australia School’s Tour) and since then he has also sung the title role in Massenet’s Werther (2014, Australia), Florville in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino (2016, Australia), Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale (2017, Italy) and Obadiah in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah (2016, Australia). In high demand for gala concerts Shanul has regularly been a featured artist at several high profile events such as Opera in the Alps, Opera in the Market, Opera by the Lakes (2016, 2017 & 2018) starring alongside artists such as Marina Prior, Cheryl Barker, Greta Bradman, David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes.
Shanul’s most recent engagements included the roles of Almaviva in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia (2018, Italy and Australia), Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims (2018, Rossini Opera Festival Pesaro Italy) and as the tenor soloist in Stabat Mater (2018, Italy).
Winner of the 2017 Rossini International award in Pesaro (Italy), Shanul also holds an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies from the Wales International Academy of Voice, UK.
Helena Kernaghan: Helena Kernaghan finished her Masters in Music Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005 under the tuition of Dr Donna Coleman. She commenced her studies in 1996 at the VCA under the tuition of Caroline Almonte, and soon established herself as an accomplished chamber musician, accompanist and soloist. In 2002 Helena commenced her Masters degree and worked as an accompanist and performer until leaving Melbourne at the end of 2005.
Performance highlights during this time included performing as soloist in Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques at Government House, a duo piano recital with Will Poskitt of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps at the ABCs Iwaki Auditorium, and soloist in Gerswhin's Rhapsody in Blue with The Opus 21 Big Band.
Since 2006 Helena has lived in Albury enjoying the challenge of teaching and maintaining an active performing life. In this time she has focused on family life, classroom and private teaching, MD work for productions, working with the Orpheus Piano Trio and continuing her work as a duo-pianist. In recent times he has performed with Donna Coleman, Shanul Sharma, Sally-Anne Russell and is currently Artistic Director for the Albury Chamber Music Festiva.