Australian Tenor Damian Arnold is a recent graduate from the Opera School at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), where he was the recipient of the Ewen Balfour Award. He is thrilled to be moving to Strasbourg to join the Opera Studio at L’Opéra National du Rhin for the 2020/21 Season.
Since moving to London he has had the opportunity to sing with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle and to cover the role of Eurymachus in the Royal Opera’s production of The Return of Ulysses.
Damian was an award winning finalist in the 2019 Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation Bel Canto award, as well as being a finalist in the 2015 and 2017 Australian Singing Competition. In 2015 he debuted with the Opera Australia Schools Company in their adaptation of La Cenerentola by Rossini, which toured around Australia.
In 2017 he traveled to Israel where he participated in the Israeli Young Artist program, including performing scenes from Pelléas et Mélisande. He spent 2017 as a scholar in the Melba Opera Trust, highlights included performing alongside Peter Coleman-Wright and Cheryl Barker, as well as participating in masterclasses with Yvonne Kenny and Stuart Skelton.
In 2018 he travelled to Auckland where he sang the role of Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Bellini and performed in concert with the Auckland Opera Studio.
Since transferring into the Opera School at GSMD Damian has performed scenes from L’elisir d’amore, I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Written on Skin, La Finta Giardiniera, Fidelio and Les Mamelles des Tirésias. In 2019 he portrayed the roles of Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Shepherd in Venus and Adonis and Lindoro in La Fedeltà Premiata at GSMD, and Henry Crawford in Waterperry Festival’s production of Mansfield Park .
He finished his time at GSMD by creating the roles of Ismael and the Pentecostal Leader in the world premiere of Lliam Paterson’s The Angel Esmeralda and The Prince in Respighi’s La bella dormente nel Bosco.
Before transferring to Strasbourg, Damian will once again join Waterperrry Opera Festival in their concert version of Così fan tutte, in which he will sing Ferrando.