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Roger Howell - baritone

Welsh-born Roger L. Howell graduated with Distinction from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music School of Opera and Music Theatre.

Roger made his professional debut as Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro for the State Opera of South Australia, later going on to perform with that company Count Almaviva also from The Marriage of Figaro, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Belcore in the Elixir of Love, Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore, Valentine in Faust, Dr. Kolinaty in The Makropoulos Affair, Abimélech in Samson and Delilah, and the title roles in both Rigoletto and Macbeth.

He has appeared with Opera Australia and all the other State Opera Companies in a variety of major works, including: Dr. Bartolo in the Barber of Seville, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Rigoletto, Papageno in The Magic Flute, Enrico in Lucia di Lamermoor, Sacristano in Tosca, Marcello and Schaunard in La bohème, Sancho Panza in Don Quichotte, Germont Pere in La Traviata, Zarastro in Orlando, Escamillo in Carmen, Rambaldo in La Rhondine, Amanasro in Aida, and Paulo in Simone Boccanegra.

Roger’s strong dramatic talent has found outlets not only in opera but Music Theatre as well. He teamed up with the successful creative duo of David Mitchell and Mel Morrow (Shout, and most recently Dusty) to create the stage persona based on the life and career of the legendary Australian baritone Peter Dawson. This one-man show was a tour de force for Roger receiving both public and critical acclaim and was seen both at the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Expo 88.

He has appeared in two productions created and directed by Lyndon Terracini of N.O.R.P.A. one an adaption of the cult Peter Weir movie, The Cars that Ate Paris and an historical piece, Conversations at the Ryan Hotel.

Television credits include the quirky, historical figure of the Italian adventurer Raffaello Carbone in the series The Eureka Stokade. Carbone was in fact the author of the book of the same title.

During 2005 Roger appeared as Max von Mayerling in the Production Company’s highly acclaimed Sunset Boulevard starring David Campbell and Judi Connelli. He has been nominated for the prestigious Green Room Award in the Supporting Principal Male Artist category.

Roger is a recipient of the Green Room Award for his portrayal of Leporello in Don Giovanni presented by the Victorian State Opera.

During the early nineties Roger was resident principal baritone for the Pfalztheater in Kaiserslautern, Germany. There he appeared as Belcore in the Elixir of Love, the Speaker in The Magic Flute, Manfredo in L’Amore dei Tre Re and Renato in Ballo in Maschera. He also appeared as Tomas in Smetana’s The Kiss at the Wexford Festival in Ireland and in the title role of Rossini’s William Tell in New York with the Opera Orchestra of New York.

Roger is a founding and current Board Member of the Melbourne Opera Company and as one of it’s ‘Artists in Residence’ has appeared as Germont Pere in La Traviata, The Speaker in The Magic Flute, Zurga in The Pearl Fishers, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte and as Rigoletto.

Earlier in 2006, Roger made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Melbourne, both in the title role in Don Pasquale and as Sweeney in Sweeney Todd. For the Melbourne Opera Company, Roger has in recent months appeared as Leporello in Don Giovanni and in November as Sharpless in Madame Butterfly.

Roger will perform at the Camberwell Centre on Saturday 25 November 2006 in the Choral Symphony by Beethoven.

Roger Howell has appeared with the Zelman Symphony in the following concerts:

25 November 2006

The above details were supplied by the individual performer and were current at the time of their last performance with the Zelman Symphony.

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