Henry Choo

Originally trained as a pianist, Henry achieved an Associate Diploma in Singing under the tutelage of Noel Ancell OAM. He furthered his vocal and operatic studies at the Melba Conservatorium of Music and the Australian National Academy of Music, and with the late French repertoire specialist and vocal educator Susan Falk.

Henry is an alumnus of both the Young Artist Program of Opera Queensland and the Moffatt Oxenbould Young Artist Development Program of Opera Australia. He made his career debut in the role of Ernesto in Opera Queensland's production of Don Pasquale , and his principal debut with Opera Australia as the Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier.
Roles for Opera Australia have included Nemorino in L'elisir D'amore, Gerald in Lakmé , Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles, Tamino in The Magic Flute , Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni , Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, to name but a few.
Whilst roles for other companies have included Cassio in
Otello, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Nadir in Les pêcheurs de perles for West Australian Opera, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia for State Opera South Australia, Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte for Harbour City Opera, Lord Riccardo Percy in Anna Bolena for OperaBox, and Martin in The Tender Land for Lyric Opera of Melbourne, for which he has received a Green Room Award nomination for best male operatic lead.

Henry's concert and corporate profile has been impressive and varied, having performed in concert with Susan Graham (under the baton of Edo de Waart), the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Australian Youth Orchestra, The Australia Ensemble, the Australian Army Band, the Three Chinese Tenors and the Three Australian Tenors. Recent concert highlights include the premiere performance of An Australian War Requiem by Christopher Bowen OAM in commemoration of the centenary of WWI, and the premiere of Gordon Hamilton’s work, The Trillion Souls, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and in 2016 Henry makes his debut with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Henry has been broadcast on local and international media on numerous occasions, appeared on television current affair programs, and also features as a sung voice-over in the P. J. Hogan film “Mental”, starring Toni Collette.

On a more traditional front, Henry has performed as tenor soloist in many oratorio and symphonic works including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, Mozart's Requiem, Händel's Messiah, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Bach's St John Passion, St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

2015 has already seen Henry perform the role of Lord Riccardo Percy in Anna Bolena, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Mozart’s Requiem with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bach Magnificat with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the role of Roberto in Maria Stuarda, the role of Prince Ramiro in Cenerentola and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Bach Music NZ.

2015/16 highlights included the role of Lord Riccardo Percy (Anna Bolena) , Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 - Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Beethoven Choral Fantasy and Mozart’s Requiem - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Bach Magnificat - Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, the role of Roberto (Maria Stuarda) Melbourne Opera, Prince Ramiro (Cenerentola) CitiOpera, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Bach Music NZ, Baccus (Ariadne auf Naxus) CitiOpera and Operabox, Opera in the Orchard, St Matthews Passion, Lord Riccardo Percy (Anna Bolena) Operabox, Darwin Symphony Orchestra, Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Symphony 9 - Queensland Symphony Orchestra , Mozart Requiem – Wellington Symphony Orchestra, Bravo Cruise of Performing Arts Australia and Handel’s Messiah –New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.