• Heinz Australian Youth Aria 1981, 1st Prize Heinz Australian Youth Aria 1981, 1st Prize
  • Australian Boys Choir Soloist 1971 Japan Tour Australian Boys Choir Soloist 1971 Japan Tour Balulalow
  • Australian Boys Choir Soloist 1971 Japan Tour Australian Boys Choir Soloist 1971 Japan Tour Balulalow
  • Debut as Dr. Falke in Fledermaus November 5, 1982 Debut as Dr. Falke in Fledermaus November 5, 1982 With Amanda Thane who sang Rosalinde
  • Afro Poli as Scarpia Afro Poli as Scarpia My first singing teacher, the incredible Afro Poli, a charismatic and inspiring performer and teacher.

The Beginning:

As a small child of five Dominic began singing with his grandmother at local Senior Citizen’s Clubs, from which his interest in singing and performing blossomed and lead to his enrolment in the Australian Boys’ Choir where he received his early musical education. He was a member of the choir for 7 years culminating in his being chosen as a soloist on the choir’s premiere overseas tour to Japan in 1971. (see picture - Click here to listen to him sing his solo Balulalow from A Ceremony of Carols).

Choir occupied his Friday evenings and Saturday mornings for those seven years as well as annual Music Camp which involved travel to wonderful places around Australia for a few weeks at a time when the choir would prepare most of the repertoire for the upcoming concert season.

After his voice broke he took it easy on the vocals for nearly 5 years then started to sing as a baritone whilst studying Law and Economics at Monash University. His teacher Afro Poli’s magnetism and charisma as a performer was a total inspiration to Dominic. During this time he sang small concerts around Melbourne and entered numerous singing competitions on radio as well as at the local music venues.

In 1981 he won the Heinz Australian Youth Aria (see picture). The adjudicator George Logie-Smith wrote the following comments on his assessment:

“Fine singing, total involvement! Arresting climax, great sense of melodic singing in operatic tradition. Great histrionic performance!”

His professional debut as an adult followed on 5th November, 1982 when he sang Falke in Die Fledermaus at the National Theatre in Melbourne, with Amanda Thane as Rosalinde (pictured left), before heading off to Europe to further his studies.
He started out in Naples .... Click to read what happened next....

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