Australian Tenor Damian Arnold has recently relocated to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where is the recipient of the Ewen Balfour Award. 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.
A finalist in the 2015 and 2017 Australian Singing Competition, Damian also won the 2016 Cowra and Wollongong Eisteddfod Aria competitions. In 2015 he debuted with the Opera Australia Schools Company in their adaptation of La Cenerentola by Rossini, which toured around Australia.
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 Guildhall School of Music and Drama 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. He has just finished portraying the role of Snout in Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Tebaldo in “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” at Goodenough College.
He is very much looking forward to portraying the role of Henry Crawford in Waterperry Festival’s production of Mansfield Park and then returning to Opera Australia to workshop the new Australian work “The Track” by John Haddock, in which he will perform the role of Tom.