Singer Makes the Transition from Bollywood Songs to Opera Music

This man grew up in India and has a passion for singing. As a youngster, he would love singing Bollywood songs but when he moved to Wagga Wagga in Australia as a 19-year-old, his passion was replaced by heavy metal, and a few years down the line, he is making news as an Opera singer.

Meet the talented Shanul Sharma, who can effortlessly sing in various genres of music. And now Shanul is all set to debut for Lyric Opera of Melbourne as the titular character in Massenet’s Werther. And it has taken years for Shanul to develop his voice. Eight years of singing metal, releasing three studio albums with his band Subrusion, has honed Shanul’s vocal skills.

Checkout Shanul Sharma singing La Donna e Mobile…impressive. Isn’t he?

Shanul Sharma will play the lead role in Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s upcoming performances of Werther, at Prahran’s Chapel off Chapel. Shanul brings a diverse musical background to his role as Werther in the Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s production at Chapel off Chapel.

“I didn’t have a very big voice and I refused screaming, so I had to develop frequencies in my voice that could travel over loud guitars, drums and the rest,” Shanul said. Exploring classical singing techniques led Shanul to try his hand at opera singing, he said.

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“It’s beautiful. Opera music is amazing, it can move you in ways that few other forms of music can, and that really attracted me to it.”

Indians are not used to listening to Opera music, and most find the high pitched vocals funny. Considering that, its really commendable that an Indian has managed to hone his skills in a totally different genre of music. We hope that Mr Sharma achieves great heights in the years to come, in the classical music genre.

Watch the Opera scene in the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, where Aamir Khan finds the Opera singer funny, but gradually gets engrossed in the performances.

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