“spirit, clarity and a depth of expression remarkable in a young artist” Clive O’Connell, The Age, 17 March 2014
Brenton Spiteri is a graduate of the University of Melbourne, from which he holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Music Performance with Honours.
In 2012, Brenton won first prize in the Herald Sun Aria, allowing him to pursue overseas study in singing and languages. Subsequently, he was a resident artist at Opéra Lyon, where his roles included Maréchal Trac in the International Opera Award winning Le Roi Carotte; and Mercurio, Soldato 1 and Famigliare 2 in l’Incoronazione di Poppea.
Australian performance highlights include Ernesto, Don Pasquale, Rinuccio, Gianni Schicchi, Paco, La Vide Breve, Tamino, The Magic Flute (State Opera South Australia); Schoolmaster/Mosquito, Cunning Little Vixen, Sam Sawnoff, The Magic Pudding (Victorian Opera); Count Almaviva, The Barber of Seville, Nadir, The Pearlfishers (Melbourne Opera); Clotarco, Armida, Mathan, Athalia (Pinchgut Opera).
For Sydney Chamber Opera, he created the role of Ashley Crowther in the Helpmann Award Nominated Fly Away Peter, receiving critical acclaim for his “charismatic warmth and vocal agility,” “vocal virtuosity” and “extraordinary musicality and daring”. Also for Sydney Chamber Opera, he has performed the lead role in Notes from Underground and Author in Mayakovsky.
Recent concert engagements have included Britten’s Les Illuminations with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; and Bernstein on Broadway with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Other concert engagements across Australia and New Zealand have included the solo tenor roles in Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Purcell’s King Arthur and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
Brenton Spiteri was runner up in the 2014 Mietta Song Competition, and has performed solo recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Brisbane Town Hall and Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art, as part of various collaborations with Opera Queensland, Ludovico’s Band, Melbourne Art Song Collective, Latitude 37 and Continuo Collective.
From 2012-2014, Brenton continued his development as the John and Elizabeth Wright-Smith scholar through the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.
In 2019 he sings Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville for Victorian Opera.