Roy Best is hailed as one of Australia’s most loved and dynamic tenors. He established his singing career in spectacular fashion after successfully competing in ABC television’s Operatunity Oz. He performed the role of the Duke in Opera Australia’s Rigoletto at the Sydney Opera House and was rewarded with a standing ovation from a packed house and a television audience of over one million viewers.
After studying voice for several years in Melbourne, Roy completed an Associate Diploma in Music through the Australian Music Examinations Board. He now delights audiences with his varied repertoire and captivating stage presence.
Principal roles in opera include: Alfredo – La Traviata (Melbourne Opera), Ferrando – Cosi Fan Tutte (Melbourne Opera), Rodolfo – La Bohème, (Melbourne Opera), Nemorino – Elixir of Love (Victorian Opera) (Green Room Award nom.), Duca – Rigoletto (Opera Australia Sydney), Turiddu – Cavalleria Rusticana, (Melbourne Opera) (Green Room Award nom.), Camille – Merry Widow (Melbourne Opera), Count Almaviva – Barber of Seville (Melbourne Opera), Elvino – La Sonnambula (Pacific Opera, Sydney), Arturo – I Puritani (Melbourne Opera), Brueys (plus others) – Nelson by S. Greenbaum (More than Opera) as well as Prisoner – Dead Man Walking (Alexander Prods, Sydney).
Oratorios include: Mozart: Requiem, Mozart: Grand Mass, Schubert: Mass in Eb, Rossini: Stabat Mater, Dvořák: Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn: Elijah and Mendelssohn: St Paul and Requiem.
Roy is in high demand as an entertainer at corporate functions and major events. He performs a wide range of classics from jazz to musical theatre and, of course, opera.
His many concert appearances see him performing alongside some of Australia’s finest artists including Yvonne Kenny, Marina Prior, Silvie Paladino and James Morrison. He has worked with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, The Queensland Symphony Orchestra (TQO), Australian Pops Orchestra, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Opera Orchestra, Alpha Symphonia and