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After completing his Bachelor of Music degree in 2000, Irving focused on performing in chamber vocal ensembles such as e21 and the Palestrina Project, which included solo performances in the televised Australian premiere of the newly discovered Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi, and live broadcasts with 3MBS and ABCFM. In 2007, Irving sang the Mozart Requiem tenor solo with Monash University’s Choral Society and Orchestra, and was the tenor soloist in the October 2007 Australian premiere of a setting of the St. Matthew Passion composed by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev. In late 2008, Irving was tenor soloist in the Rachmaninov Vespers (Gloriana Choir), and soloist in the Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio/Gounod St. Cecilia Mass with the Royal Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra.
Competition highlights have included the semi-finals of the 2006 Herald-Sun Aria, finals of the Armstead Singing Award, winner of the Art songs sections in the Diamond Valley and Bendigo Eisteddfods among others. In 2008, Irving was the winner of the encouragement award at the prestigious Herald-Sun Aria final, held at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.
Stage experience has included Melbourne Opera’s production of Turandot at the Palais Theatre in 2004; a collaboration between Caroline Stacey and e21 to stage (previously un-staged) Monteverdi works as well as Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, of which a repeat performance is scheduled at the Sydney Opera House in April 2009.
In 2006 Irving performed in the role of Don Ottavio for Melbourne Opera’s production of Don Giovanni in Melbourne, country Victoria and interstate.