After four years and 1800 shows performing the role of Ubaldo Piangi in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in London’s West End, world-renowned Australian lyric tenor, and Ingham Local Paul Tabone has been confirmed to reprise his for the Opera Australia’s new production for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.
Paul Tabone will make his return to Sydney for the Simon Phillips directed and Gabriella Tylesova designed production, for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour from 25 March – 24 April 2022, before joining the Cameron Mackintosh production scheduled for the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne opening later in 2022.
When I was a child my ‘Nanna’ took me to a local picture theatre to see The Phantom of the Opera movie, and it was then that I realised that it was to be my life’s ambition to perform in its musical,” “To have been selected for a role in the London production was an absolute honour. To have once again been cast in the role and perform it in my home country of Australia let alone the opportunity to perform at such prestigious and iconic venues, firstly at the over water stage on Sydney Harbour and then at the Sydney Opera House, is such a privilege, a real pinch myself moment and a tick off the bucket list.
At just thirty-three years of age, Paul’s achievements are vast. Aptly dubbed “Australia’s own Bocelli”, Paul’s story of Queensland farm boy to West End star is one only dreams are made of.
A 2009 graduate of Central Queensland (CQ) University, to one of the world’s largest and most prestigious theatre districts, the glittering West End and beyond, you would be hard placed finding a tenor with a resume as extensive as his, from regional Australia.
From his humbling beginnings as a descendent of Italian immigrants growing up on the sugarcane fields of Far North Queensland, musical theatre has been the life-blood of Tabone. This whole journey for me has been somewhat of a dream for me.
Shortly after graduating from university, Paul was invited by Signora Nicoletta Mantovani (wife of Luciano Pavarotti) to perform in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,000 at the world-renowned Verona Arena in Italy, alongside operatic icons, Andrea Bocelli, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Ambrogio Maestri. Paul was also invited to perform by the Pavarotti Foundation, in a tribute concert for the late Luciano Pavarotti at the New York City Centre on Broadway.
Paul has continued to perform internationally in both opera and musical theatre, in roles including Duca Di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Opera Naţională București (Romania), Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the Teatro Del Giglio (Lucca, Italy), and has performed Tony in West Side Story at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy.
He played the role of Squelch in both the Australian and German productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, which was filmed by Universal Pictures International and is currently screening in cinemas and available on DVD in over 75 countries.
Paul’s recording debut came in 2021 in the form of the classical-crossover album ‘This Is Me’, which features his own take on an eclectic mix of songs featured in popular musical and cinematic soundtracks that reflects who he is, now. The album quickly found its way atop the Classical Music Charts in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States only solidifying Paul’s popularity with audiences the world over.
Paul also releases his cover of the Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper hit single ‘Shallow’ on Friday, February 4 which also features Natalie May Paris – London’s West End Pop Queen and originator of the role of Jane Seymour in the hit musical, SIX. The single can be pre-saved at https://ffm.to/shallowsingle
Venue: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
Date: 25 Mar– 24 Apr 2022
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