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Steve Davislim


Twice awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee award, Australia's leading young tenor Steve Davislim is at the forefront of the new generation of singers. He has been acclaimed throughout the world for his beautiful lyric voice, strong stage presence and remarkable agility.

Mr. Davislim has appeared with many of the leading opera companies of the world, including the Staatsoper Berlin (Almaviva), Vienna  State Opera (Tamino), Hamburg Opera (Lensky/Eugene Onegin and Tom Rakwell/The Rake's Progress), Royal Opera, Covent Garden  (Fenton/Falstaff), Australian Opera in Sydney (Lensky, Don Ottavio, David/Die Meistersinger, Lenski/Eugene Onegin), the Chatelet in Paris (Weber's Oberon), Chicago's Lyric Opera (Jacquino/Fidelio and Pedrillo), the Metropolitan Opera (Pedrillo), the Deutsch Opera Berlin (Zeminsky's Traumgörge) and the Semper Oper in Dresden (Tom Rakewell)

A turning point in his career came with his engagement to sing the title role of Idomeneo at the season opening of La Scala in 2005, under Daniel Harding. He was invited back to La Scala in 2007 for the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi's Teneke, under Roberto Abbado and again last year as Tamino in The Magic Flute.

Steve Davislim has performed with the most prestigious orchestras in Europe, the U. S. and Australia: the Cleveland, San Francisco, Chicago and National Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Zurich, Vienna, Turin, Madrid, Dresden, Brussels, Lyon and the London BBC Symphony Orchestra, and in major festivals, including the BBC Proms, Lincoln Center Festival, Mostly Mozart, Lucerne and Salzburg, where he sang in Puccini's Turandot under Valery Gergiev (recorded for Decca and TDK DVD). He has worked with such esteemed conductors as Claudio Abbado, Yuri Ahronovitch, Sir Colin Davis, Rafaele Frühbeck de Burgos, Adam Fischer, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Thomas Hengelbrock, René Jacobs, Armin Jordan, Lorin Maazel, Marc Minkowski, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Sir Georg Solti, Riccardo Chailly, Marcello Viotti, Jeffery Tate, Franz Welser-Möst, Philippe Herreweghe and David Zinman.

Highlights of recent seasons have include performances of L'Arborio di Diana at the Liceu Barcelona, Max in Der Freischütz in Baden Baden and Candide at the Vienna Konzerthaus; Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with Christian Thielemann in Munich, and again in Vienna's Musikverein with Martin Haselböck, a tour with John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra, Elijah with the Munich Philharmonic, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at the BBC Proms and Maggio Musicale Florence with Hogwood, Liszt's Faust Symphony at the Tonhalle in Zürich with Alan Gilbert, Schumann's Faust Szenen at La Scala and again with Hogwood and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. He recorded Martinu's Julietta with Sir Charles Mackerras and Szymanowski's Lied der Nacht with Pierre Boulez and the Vienna Philharmonic. 

Forthcoming engagements include The Messiah as his debut with the New York Philharmonic, Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang at the Gewandhaus Leipzig,  Martin?'s Juliette with Geneva Opera and his first Titus (Clemenza di Tito) at the Semperoper Dresden. 

His numerous recordings include Brahms Rinaldo (EMI) with Michel Plasson, Holliger's Schneewittchen (ECM), Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with David Zinman (Arte Nova), Beethoven's Christ on the Mount of Olives and Mozart's Requiem (Opus 111), Tippet's A Child of Our Time with Colin Davis (LSO Live), Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, Martin's Le vin herbé and Haydn's Creation (Harmonia Mundi) and Martinu's Julietta under Charles Mackerras (Supraphon). He has made numerous recordings for the Australian label Melba, including a solo album of Richard Strauss songs with the State Orchestra of Victoria under Simone Young, Saint-Saëns' Hélène and Nuit Persane, Britten's Folksongs and Schubert's Winterreise, and several recordings for DGG including Handel's Lotario and Rodelinda with Alan Curtis, Bach cantatas with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and Mozart's Requiem under Christian Thielemann.

Steve Davislim began his musical training as a horn player. He studied voice at the Victorian College of the Arts with Dame Joan Hammond, working also with Gösta Winbergh, Ileana Cotrubas and Luigi Alva. He attended Irwin Gage's Lieder class and the International Opera Studio in Zurich and began his professional career as an ensemble member with Zurich Opera.

March 2012
Steve Davislim