Roy Best’s pathway to eventually making a career out of singing has not been a traditional one, although it comes as no surprise when you realise his talent was noticed and sought after from as early as five years old! He in fact trained and sang for more than ten years as a boy soprano. It wasn’t until very recently that he rediscovered his talent and pursued singing lessons, eventually leading to him entering Operatunity Oz and ultimately launching his new career in a very spectacular fashion by performing the Duke in Opera Australia’s Rigoletto; Sydney Opera House, October 2006, rewarded by a standing ovation to a packed house and a television audience of over one million.
Principal roles in Opera: Ferrando - Cosi Fan Tutte, (M.O.) Turiddu – Cavalleria Rusticana, (M O 2007/11) (Green Room Award nom.); La Boheme, (M O 2008/12) Camille - Merry Widow, (Mel. Op) Count Almaviva - Barber of Seville, (Melbourne Opera); Elvino - La Sonnambula, (Pacific Opera, Sydney); Alfredo – La Traviata, (M O); Arturo – I Puritani, (M O); Nemorino – Elixir of Love, (Victorian Opera) (2009 Green Room Award nom.); Rodolfo – La Boheme, (M O); Duca – Rigoletto (Opera Australia, Sydney); Brueys (plus others) – Nelson, by S. Greenbaum (More than Opera) as well as Prisoner – Dead Man Walking (Alexander Prods, Sydney). Oratorios include Mozart Requiem, Grand Mass, Schubert Mass in Eb, Rossini Stabat Mater and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mozart, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and St Paul and Dvorak Requiem. He also appeared as the title role of Stephen Donovan in the world premiere of Morgan’s Run, by Colleen McCullough with music by talented Sydney composer Gavin Lockley.
Roy’s recording credits include “Heart’s Delight” containing many favourite songs and arias (also including two duets with fellow Operatunity Oz winners, David Parkin and Emily Bourke), recorded with TQO and conducted by Andrew Greene. His songs feature in more than twelve other albums on the ABC Classics label as well as Sony and Decca. Roy also features in the Operatunity Oz winners CD. Both albums are under the ABC Classics label and available at most major outlets including ABC shops. He also features in the recording of the brand new Australian Musical “Morgan’s Run” by composer G. Lockley and libretto by C. McCullough. His many concert appearances create the opportunity to perform with some of Australia’s finest artists, such as Yvonne Kenny, Marina Prior, Sylvie Paladino and James Morrison to name a few. He has worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Pops Orchestra, The Queensland Orchestra (QSO), Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Opera Orchestra, Alpha Symphonia and Symphonia Australis.