Featured Collaborator: Daniel Carison


Daniel Carison is a 22 year-old bass-baritone born and raised in Melbourne. He is the 2015 recipient of the Opera Society Vocal Scholarship and the Beleura-Tallis Opera Scholarship, through Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust.

In 2014 Daniel completed his studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the teaching of Peter Mander and currently holds his Bachelor of Music.

As a musician and an actor Daniel has spent a large portion of his performance career on stage in opera, operetta, musicals and straight dramas, starring in such roles as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady. Daniel was awarded Best Male actor in a leading role in 2011 by the Victorian Theatre Guild. In recent years Daniel has been awarded The Herman Schildberger award for an upcoming young opera singer and in December of 2013 Daniel performed in the Great Romantics Competition at the Melbourne Recital centre. This competition recognized Daniel as one of the top developing young musicians in Australia. Daniel has worked as soloist and chorister for the University of Melbourne, Victorian Opera Company, Opera Australia, Savoy Opera Company and various other semi-professional and community groups. Daniel is a natural interpreter who puts great emphasis on attention to tradition, language, character and delivery. 

Most recently Daniel was awarded first place in the very prestigious RMP (Royal Melbourne Philharmonic) Aria Competition. In August 2014, Daniel was one of three winners in 3MBS’ Inaugural live radio performance series, ‘The Talent’. Daniel has performed as a soloist on some Melbourne’s finest stages including Hamer Hall and the Melbourne Recital Centre, and is a regular performer on 3MBS. 2015 has seen Daniel perform in a number of operas in and around Melbourne including Victorian Opera’s The Flying Dutchman and Sweeney Todd and the Pirate King in Savoy Opera Company’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. Daniel is quickly becoming one of Australia's most prominent young Baritones. His most recent triumph's include his live radio performance of Schumann's Dichterliebe on 3MBS and his concert performance of Schubert's 'Winterreise' which were both performed with his long term musical partner and repetiteur, Geoffrey Urquhart. 

Daniel is very excited to be making his Royal Melbourne Philharmonic debut and thrilled to be collaborating with Plexus. 

Liane Keegan collaborated with PLEXUS in 2015, and together with PLEXUS gave the world premiere of Requiem for the End of Time by Stefan Cassomenos.