Raphael Wong

Freelance Musician

 Photography: Elly Patience

Photography: Elly Patience

Raphael completed his Bachelor of Music under Full Merit Scholarship at the University of Melbourne and has since worked on stage and in concert with companies across Australia, the USA and China.

He was an opera scholar with Australian Music Events, and a member of The Opera Studio Melbourne, before making his operatic principal debut as Top in Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s The Tender Land in 2014.

In 2016 Raphael was awarded runner up in the National Liederfest, was a finalist in the Herald Sun Aria Competition, and received a Green Room Nomination for his role as the Musiklehrer in Citi Opera’s Ariadne auf Naxos.

In 2017 Raphael performed the role of Il Re in Victorian Opera’s The Sleeping Beauty; Baritone Soloist in Ricky Edward’s premiere of Sanctuary at the Ten Days on the Island Festival; Tobit in Tobias and the Angel for the Melbourne International Singers Festival in conjunction with XL Arts and the School of Hard Knocks Choir; Baritone Soloist in Frankston Music Society’s Carmina Burana and Tamino/Papageno Swing in Opera Australia’s School Company production of The Magic Flute and a chorus member in Victorian Opera’s La Sonnambula. Raphael was a finalist in the Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year Competition, and a finalist for the Herald Sun Aria Competition.

Raphael is the recipient of the 2017 Acclaim Awards Italy Opera Fellowship, which will see him undertake a study tour of Italy in 2018.

 Photography: Herald Sun Aria

Photography: Herald Sun Aria

Raphael continues to impress on the opera, music theatre and concert stage. Critics have described Raphael as having a voice of ‘superb heavyweight baritone resonance…’ (Paul Selar, OperaChaser) and ‘with gorgeous legato phrasing and sweet unwavering tone.’ (Simon Parris, Man in Chair).

Other principal credits include; Musiklehrer, Ariadne auf Naxos; Filiberto, Il Signor Bruschino; Silvano, Un ballo in maschera; Carter, Our Man in Havana; Colas, Bastien and Bastienne; Boy 2, Trouble in Tahiti; St. Ignatius, Four Saints in Three Acts; Lun Tha, The King and I; Papageno, The Magic Flute; Tiridate, Radamisto; Dottore Grenvil/Marchese, La Traviata; Caspar, Play of Herod; The Footman, Cinderella; Feuilly, Les Miserablés; Sweeney Todd, Sweeney Todd; Nicely Nicely Johnson, Guys and Dolls; Samuel, The Three Sisters who are not Sisters. He was awarded the Lyrebird Award for ‘Best Male Performer in a Musical Theatre Variety’ for 2014.

Raphael has been a chorus member with Opera Australia and Victorian Opera since 2011.

Raphael holds a Diploma of Education, and is an experienced vocal, choral, piano and cello teacher, having taught across primary and secondary level education.

As a past music director with Oxagen Productions, his credits include; Songs for a New World and Little Women.

Amongst his stage and concert work, Raphael also provides music for weddings, funerals, corporate events and private events. Head to the contact page for further enquiries.