Photo by Bridget Elliot

Photo by Bridget Elliot

Russell Harcourt studied voice with Rowena Cowley and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before completing a Master of Arts in Opera Performance with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He is an alumnus of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme and in 2008 won the Dame Joan Sutherland Award National Vocal Competition and the People’s Choice Award.

Russell studied part-time at the National Opera Studio and was an associate of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He has performed in master classes for Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Andreas Scholl and Rosalind Plowright.

Russell made his opera debut in 2007 as Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, his concert debut in 2009 as a guest artist at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, and his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the Crush Room as part of the Deloitte Ignite 2010 series.

Roles at the Royal Academy of Music have included Athamas in Handel’s Semele and Volano in Cavalli’s Giasone (Jason). Other roles have included Fox / Coachman in Jonathan Dove’s The Adventures of Pinocchio for Opera North, and Armindo in Handel’s Partenope for Opera Australia. In addition, he has appeared as alto soloist in Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

Recent engagements have included the role of Zelim in Vivaldi’s La verità in cimento for Garsington Festival Opera, and the alto solos in Bach’s St Matthew Passion.


Russell appeared as Corrado in Griselda (2011) for Pinchgut. He will be appearing as Andronicus in Bajazet in 2015 for us. 


This bio taken from the last program in which Russell appeared.