Australian born tenor Adrian Strooper, is currently based in Berlin as a resident soloist at the Komische Oper Berlin. In the 2014/15 season Adrian will be performing the role of Don Ottavio in the Komische Opers’ Premiere of Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, Lysander in Sommernachtstraum, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Eurymachos in Monteverdis’ Odysseus and Tamino in the world renowned production of Die Zauberflöte. Having performed the roles of Ernesto in Don Pasquale by Donizetti and Jupiter in Semele by Händel as a guest with Gärtnerplatz Theatre Munich in the 2013/14 season, Adrian will return to perform St John the Evangelist in La Resurrezione by Händel in April 2015.
Further roles in Adrians repertoire at the Komische Oper include, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Pylades in Händels’ Oreste, Gastone in La Traviata, Ernesto in Don Pasquale, Agenore in Il re Pastore by Mozart and Der Junge Graf in last seasons Die Soldaten by Zimmerman.
In 2012 Adrian performed at the Innsbruck Festspiel Der Alte Musik, as Armidoro in La Stellidaura Vendicante by Provenzale with conductor Allesandro de Marchi, whereby a live recording was made and subsequently released by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
Between 2010 and 2012 Adrian performed Tamino in Peter Brooks critically acclaimed and award winning Une Flute Enchentée, subsequently embarking on a world tour where he performed at some of the largest music and arts festivals, including the Lincoln Centre Festival in New York, Les Nuits in Lyon, and The Barbican in London.
In 2009 Adrian was a member of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festspiele receiving master classes with Thomas Quasthof, Christa Ludwig and Michael Schade and studying the roles of Rinaldo in Armida by Haydn and Septimius in Theodora by Händel. He was subsequently invited to return in 2010 for the role of Benvolio in Gounods’ Romeo et Juliette. He also performed Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos at Oper Leipzig and the Semperoper Dresden. In 2006 the Festival D’aix en Provence engaged Adrian as Pastore/Spirito 1 in L’Orfeo conducted by Rene Jacobs.
Adrian has performed the arias in the St Matthews Passion and the arias and Evangelist in the Johannes Passion with the Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra, Noord Nederlandse Orchestra and Latvijas Concerti in Riga.
Adrian began his studies on the Viola at Canberra school of Music, but soon after changed his degree to Opera Vocal studies. Upon completion of his degree, which culminated in successful productions of Die Zauberflöte in Sydney and Canberra, Adrian was invited to perform at Opera Australia as Marco in The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan, 1ste Diener in Capriccio by Strauss and Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. While in Australia, Adrian won numerous singing competitions including The Metropolitan Opera Award, a 5 month scholarship at the Metroplitan Lindemann Young Artist Programm, The Italian Opera Award, and The German Operatic Award, which brought him to the Kölner Oper Opernstudio. After spending 2 years at the Opernstudio in Köln, Adrian performed Tamino with New Zealand Royal Opera and then in 2006 began his permanent contract at the Komische Oper Berlin,
Adrian has enjoyed working with such directors and conductors such as Peter Brook, Hans Neuenfels, Calixto Beito, Barry Kosky, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Simone Young, Sebastian Weigle, Rene Jacobs, Henryk Nanasi, Marco Comin, Roy Goodman and Alessandro de Marchi.