*Please do not use this biography in promotional material or programmes*n Adelaide, South Australia, Grant sang as a boy soprano with the Adelaide Boys' Choir and as Third Boy in The Magic Flute with the State Opera of South Australia as well as in productions with the State Youth Opera programme and his first professional engagement: one of the workhouse boys' chorus of the Cameron Mackintosh production of Oliver! in 1983.
As a child he was a versatile musician, studying organ, flute, piano, clarinet and guitar. While contemplating a career as a rock guitarist and vocalist, he was accepted as a classical flautist onto the Bachelor of Music course at the Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide. As a second study he chose to have singing lessons, and so his classical voice was discovered by Vivienne Haynes, who convinced him to give up the flute and train as a baritone. He subsequently gained straight Distinction grades in the Honours degree in voice at the Elder Conservatorium, winning quite a few local awards and prizes including the 1994 Arnold Matters Scholarship & the 1995 "Singer of the Year" at the Ronald Dowd Summer School in Bathurst, NSW.
State Opera of South Australia and as principal baritone with the ground-breaking Australian touring opera company "Co-Opera" as Papageno (The Magic Flute), Marcello (La Bohème), Silvio (Pagliacci), Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), Escamillo (Carmen). He later made his principal debut for SOSA as Pooh-Bah (The Mikado) and Yamadori (Madama Butterfly). Also with Opera Australia in Sydney, where he made his debut as Luiz (The Gondoliers) and Yamadori (Madama Butterfly).
Thomas Elder Overseas Scholarship to study on the postgraduate opera course with Elizabeth Robson at the Royal College of Music in London. This scholarship was given to the most promising student from the Elder Conservatorium to have graduated within the previous five years. He was also generously sponsored by the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship, who donated accommodation at their student house in Bayswater for the period of his studies.
Whilst at the RCM, he sang Sid in Britten's Albert Herring, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro) conducted by Sir Colin Davis and the title role in Britten's Owen Wingrave as well as the Learned Judge (Trial by Jury) in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Other early UK appearances included Schaunard (La Bohème) with British Youth Opera, Rafaele (Jewels of the Madonna) for University College Opera, Guglielmo (Cosi fan tutte) and Figaro (Barber of Seville) for Clonter Opera, Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) in the Dartington Festival and Dandini (Cinderella) for the Mananan Festival.
He also sang Enrico in Donizetti's Il campanello di notte and Siméon in Debussy's L'enfant prodigue at the Les Azuriales Festival in Nice. He made his Irish debut as Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas) with the Irish Chamber Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan and his US debut in 2001 at the Mt. Dora Spring Festival in Florida, in concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. His numerous other awards in the UK include the Royal Overseas League Overseas Trophy and first prizes in the Madeline Finden Memorial Trust competition, the RCM's Lies Askonas Prize and the National Mozart Competition in Southport in 2000.
He was also awarded a Junior Fellowship of the Royal College of Music 1999-2001.
Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. During his time there he understudied the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni, Nathan for the world premiere of Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice, Dandini (La Cenerentola), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Ford (Falstaff) , Hamlet (Thomas), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Frank/Fritz (Die Tote Stadt). He performed on the main stage minor principal roles including Marullo (Rigoletto), Rolla (Verdi's I Masnadieri), Imperial Commissioner (Madama Butterfly) and Huntsman (Rusalka). He also performed in acclaimed staging of the Italienisches Liederbuch of Wolf in the Linbury Studio Theatre accompanied by Roger Vignoles.
Furthermore, as part of the programme, he had the opportunity of working with and learning from the most respected luminaries in the industry including Sir Colin Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Antonio Pappano, Bernard Haitink, Sir Thomas Allen, John Copley, Sergei Lieferkus, Elena Contrubas, Simone Young and Francesca Zambello.Australian Ballet in Adelaide and Melbourne and made his London Royal Festival Hall debut in that same work.
His oratorio repertoire includes
He played the title role in the 2008 ABC/Channel 4 film of Jonathan Mills' The Eternity Man, the story of Sydney's legendary Arthur Stace. The film premiered at the Sydney Film Festival and had screenings on ABC TV, Channel 4, Barbican Cinema in London, Locarno Festival and won a Rose d'Or for best Performing Arts Programme in 2009.
Grant is now an established singer maintaining a busy career in opera, oratorio, recital and recording. On the stage he has a versatile repertoire including roles in grand opera, contemporary works, operetta and music theatre.
His roles for the Royal Opera House include Ping (Turandot), Second Apprentice (Wozzeck), Billy Wayne Smith (Anna Nicole), Tarquinius (The Rape of Lucretia), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Schaunard (La Bohème), Morales (Carmen), Bello (La fanciulla del West), Demetrius (A Midsummer Night's Dream) also Schaunard (La Bohème) for Glyndebourne Touring Opera.
His extensive appearances in opera also include:
He is an ambassador for the community project "Blackheath Halls Opera" and assists in fundraising and as an advisor as well as performing Marcello La bohème, Belcore L'elisir d'amore, Escamillo Carmen and in 2012, Pandolfe in their well received production of Massenet's Cendrillon.2012 Helpmann Award for "Best Male Performer in a Supporting Role in an Opera". In 2014, he performed with Pinchgut Opera in Sydney the role of Orestes in Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride to great acclaim. He returns to Adelaide in 2015 for the title role in Mozart's Don Giovanni.
He holds dual citizenship of Australia and the UK and currently lives in south east London.