Nathan Lay

Nathan completed his Bachelor of Music at the Melba Conservatorium of Music in 2008. During his time there, he was awarded the ‘Melba Conservatorium Scholarship’ and twice awarded the ‘Robert Salzer Scholarship’ for showing operatic potential. Due to achieving a high distinction in his final year recital, Nathan received the ‘Robert Salzer Scholarship’ once again, to assist him in his further studies.


Early in 2009, he successfully auditioned for a place at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. However, when he was awarded the ‘Gertrude Johnson Scholarship’ to attend The Opera Studio Melbourne, he decided to undertake this course in 2010. In that same year, Nathan was named the Australian Music Events ‘Opera Scholar of the Year’, was the winner of the National Liederfest and was a recipient of the ‘Maroondah Singers Memorial Scholarship’. He was also a      semi-finalist in the 2010 and 2011 Herald Sun Aria and a finalist in the 2011 Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria. In 2012, Nathan was a semi-finalist in the Sydney McDonald Aria.


In 2011 Nathan was one of the scholarship recipients of the Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust, and he returned to The Opera Studio Melbourne on the ‘Acclaim Awards/Hon. John Harber-Phillips Fellowship’. During his two years at The Opera Studio Melbourne, Nathan performed the following roles: ‘Polypheme’ in Handel’s Acis and Galatea, ‘Masetto’ in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, ‘Peter’ in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, ‘Pluto’ in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld and ‘Don Parmenione’ in Rossini’s L’occasione fa il ladro.


At the beginning of 2012, Nathan made his debut with Melbourne Opera playing the role of ‘Schaunard’ in Puccini’s La Bohème.