Twenty-two year old baritone Laurence Meikle performed in straight theatre and musicals throughout his childhood before beginning classical vocal training in 2004. After appearing in the chorus of several opera productions, Laurence made his solo debut as Il Carceriere in Tosca. Since then, he has performed with various Melbourne based companies in operas such as Cosi fan tutte (Guglielmo), La Boheme (Schaunard), Gianni Schicchi (Pinellino), Il Tabarro (Sounatore d’organetto), Tosca (Angelotti), Amahal and the Night Visitors (King Melchior), The Telephone (Ben), La Serva Padrona (Vespone), L’enfant du Christ (Joseph), A Hand of Bridge (David) and Michael Easton’s The Obelisk (Tiny). Laurence has sung with Orchestra Victoria, The Australian Pops Orchestra, Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Daylesford Festival; and on Radio National, 3MBS, and ABC FM. In 2001, he sang Verdi’s Sacred Songs with the London Gala Orchestra under the baton of Sir Charles Farncombe; and recently presented recitals for The Opera Society and The Austral Salon. Later this year, Laurence will graduate from Deakin University with bachelors in Contemporary Arts (Drama) and Education.