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As a small child Dominic began singing with his Grandmother at local Senior Citizen’s Clubs, it was this interest that lead to his enrolment in the Australian Boys’ Choir where he received his early musical education. He was a member for 7 years culminating in becoming a soloist on the choir’s premiere overseas tour to Japan. (see picture below) 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.

The Beginning

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 University. Teacher Afro Poli’s magnetism and charisma as a performer was a total inspiration to Dominic .

He ended up in Vienna via Naples and enrolled at the Vienna Conservatorium Opera Class, whilst also studying voice privately with Carol Blaickner-Mayo, the lady who turned him into the singer he is today.


Pictured here in Concert with the Australian Boys’ Choir on tour in Japan singing Balulalow solo from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols. Click the image below to hear the Balulalow solo live from Japan

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 right). 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 followed in 1982 when he sang Falke in Die Fledermaus at the National Theatre in Melbourne, before heading off to Europe to further his studies.