Geoffrey Harris

Geoffrey Harris began his training in Sydney studying voice with Isolde Hill and attended the Sydney Conservatorium Opera School. After three years as a young artist with Opera Australia, he pursued further studies with other renowned teachers Ettore Campogalliani (Mantova), Clemens Kaiser-Breme (Essen, Bayreuth) Fernando Bandera (Milano). He was awarded scholarships by the Opera Foundation Australia, the Potter Foundation and in 1996 he travelled to Germany to take up the Bayreuth Fellowship awarded by the German government. He has been a member of the teaching staff at Melbourne University (Conservatorium of Music) and Edith Cowan University (Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts) and now teaches singing privately in Melbourne.


His work has encompassed most of the tenor repertoire and he has worked in commercial theater, making his professional debut as Mr Erlanson, whilst touring Australia with Hal Prince’s production of A Little Night Music in 1974. He has sung leading roles and in concert with all the Australian and New Zealand Opera Companies and Symphony Orchestras and in many world and Australian premiers of 20th Century and contemporary Operas.


For Opera Australia roles include Don José in Carmen, Beppo in Fra Diavolo, Riccardo in Triumph of Honour, Steersman in The Flying Dutchman, Radames in Aida, Melot in Tristan und Isolde, Otello in Otello, Don Basilio/Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Calaf and Pang in Turandot, , Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Bob Boles in Peter Grimes, Cassio in Otello, Vítek in The Makropulos Secret, Red Whiskers in Billy Budd, Ismaele in Nabucco and The Beadle in Sweeney Todd. Most recently he sang Monostatos in the 2015 national regional tour of The Magic Flute.


For Melbourne Opera Geoffrey has performed the roles of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Zeta in The Merry Widow and Der Schreiber in Tannhäuser and has acted as Assistant Director on several productions.