Vienna Years 1983 - 1986:

Dominic went to Vienna in May of 1983 and landed his European debut engagement in a baroque opera by Kaiser Leopold I of Austria entitled Der Verlorene Sohn (The Prodigal Son) which was presented in July that year in the Jesuiten Kirche in Vienna.

He also began studying voice privately with Carol Blaickner-Mayo, the lady who turned him into the singer he is today. It was clear that Vienna was the place to be, so he enrolled in the Vienna Conservatorium Opera Class because each year they staged a complete opera and took it on an extensive tour of the theatres in Vienna and surrounding Lower Austria. In his first year Dominic sang Figaro in Rossini’s Barber of Seville in German. (pictured Left)

Press Reviews:

“Outstanding personality amongst the young artists was undoubtedly the Figaro, D.N.. He mastered his role with spark, lots of speed and, above all, vocal accuracy.”
“Star of the evening, the title role Figaro, DN, captured your heart with much voice and temperament. Simply delicious in all that encompasses dramatic stage presence as well as vocal quality”.
“The title role of Figaro was sung and acted by D. N. with the naturalness of a veteran. A magnificent performance!”
“D.N. gave his Figaro with lively acting and a first-class cultivated voice”
“As Figaro D.N. could pull out all the stops both vocally and dramatically. One believed him to be the factotum of the whole world”

In the following two years he performed Hermann and the Villains in Tales of Hoffmann, then in his final year he sang Sharpless in Madama Butterfly (pictured left). Sadly, the press from these performances has been lost.

In 1986 he graduated from the Conservatorium with honours, and went straight into a Vienna Kammeroper production of Paisiello’s Barber of Seville at Schloss Schönbrunn Theater (pictured left). He also sang many oratorios including, Haydn Seasons, The Creation, and several lieder recitals. All as a baritone.

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