Brenton Spiteri, tenor
Brenton Spiteri is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours.
In 2012, Brenton Spiteri won first prize in Australia’s major singing competition, the Herald Sun Aria, which enabled him to pursue overseas study in singing and languages. He is a current member of the studio at Opéra Lyon, France, where he has performed the role of Maréchal Trac in the International Opera Award winning le Roi Carotte. He appears with the company in 2017 as Mercury, First Soldier and Second Friend in l’Incoronazione di Poppea.
Principal roles with State Opera of South Australia, Pinchgut Opera, Victorian Opera, Sydney Chamber Opera, and Melbourne Opera have included Tamino, The Magic Flute; Almaviva, The Barber of Seville; Nadir, The Pearfishers; Clotarco, Armida. He has also premiered principal roles in new Australian works, notably creating the role of Ashley Crowther in the Helpmann Nominated Fly Away Peter, receiving critical acclaim for his “charismatic warmth and vocal agility,” “maturing excellence” and “extraordinary musicality and daring.”
For the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, he has performed Britten’s extensive solo tenor work Les Illuminations. Other concert engagements across Australia and New Zealand have included Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Purcell’s King Arthur and regular engagements at the Melbourne Recital Centre with ensembles such as Ludovico’s Band, Melbourne Arts Song Collective, Continuo Collective and Latitude 37.
Competition successes have included prizes in the Sydney McDonald’s Aria, the Australian Singing Competition and the 2014 Mietta Song Competition (Runner-Up). From 2012-2014, he continued his development as the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith scholar through the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.
In 2017 Brenton performs with Victorian Opera as Schoolmaster/Cunning Little Vixen; and the State Opera of South Australia as Ernesto, Don Pasquale; and Paco/Rinuccio, La Vide Breve/Gianni Schicchi.
In 2018, he performs Sam Sawnoff in The Magic Pudding (Victorian Opera), covers Nadir in The Pearlfishers for State Opera of South Australia, appears with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in their Bernstein concert, performs Benvolio (cover Romeo) in Romeo and Juliet for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and debuts the role of Mathan in Athalia (Pinchgut).
Brenton sang the role of Clotarco in Haydn's Armida for Pinchgut in June 2016, and the role of Mathan in Handel's Athalia in 2018.