After such a thrilling year in Europe he returned to Australia to cut his teeth on some not too taxing tenor repertoire with the Australian Opera, in a season consisting of Melot in Tristan und Isolde, Moser in Die Meistersinger, Third Jew in Salome, a Sorcerer in the world premiere of Larry Sitsky’s The Golem, and a rather sleazy Notary in La Périchole (pictured left).
In the midst of all this he was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in
the first National Voice Symposium organised by the Opera Foundation, consisting
of masterclasses with Dame Joan Sutherland, Luigi Alva and Marlena Malas - this proved
to be one of the highlights of the year and another "life-changing-event". Dominic, to this day, thanks Dame Joan, Marlena and Luigi for their guidance and encouragement (Pictured left).
The other highlight and major challenge of the year came hot on the heels of these sessions with an invitation to sing his first significant tenor piece - the tenor solo in Verdi’s Requiem for two performances in New Zealand.
“Tenor D. N. geographically Australian but spiritually Italian, brought an enchanting Latin flair not only to his own work, but to the whole feel of the evening....all four sang beautifully in solo, duet or ensemble.” Harry Brown, The Daily News 23rd August 1993
He had to wait until 1996 to get another go at this masterpiece and that came in Germany for four performances in and around Frankfurt am Main, here is what the reviews said then:
"D N... a tenor with a passionate Italian Bel Canto voice, blending wonderfully with the powerful and warm voices of the quartet of soloists." Kirsten Liese Frankfurter Neue Presse 1995
Other performances of the Verdi Requiem have been in London, Dublin Concert Hall in 2000, Canterbury Cathedral in 2005, Lund, Sweden in 2008, Gothenburg, Sweden in 2009 with Gustavo Dudamel, and Singapore in 2010. 1993 finished up with a couple of lieder recitals , with the encouragement of Dame Joan, Richard Bonynge and Carlo Felice Cillario, he headed back to Europe to audition. In the 45 days from the middle of November to the end of the year he did over 30 auditions for agents and theatres across Austria and Germany and secured a string of guest contracts beginning with Tamino in Rostock, Germany, conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing in a production which ran for three seasons. He has not looked back since.