Bernard Leon-Lokman, nicknamed 'Bernitone', has been a part of Lyric Opera of Melbourne's ensemble since 2013 production of Iphigénie en Tauride. He has been a regular part of the company, performing minor roles such as Werther's Johann, Tenderland's Mr. Jenks, Gianni Schicchi, Il Signor Bruschino's Il Commissario and L'incoronazione di Poppea's Mercurio.

He was the founder of Opera Prometheus in Sydney, producing chamber version of Tancrede's Campra, Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, A Handel's Pastiche: Passione Appassionata, including three new chamber operas. In Melbourne, he produced the Faure Project. His opera Monsoon was workshopped by Opera Prometheus in 2015 and he is currently working on Gejolak: A Political Chamber Opera.

He is a fierce promoter of multicuturalism, being a proud fifth generation Straits-Chinese (Malaya Archipelago Chinese) and first generation Australian. He believes that the future of the opera is bright in the hands of young and passionate artists. 

Bernie returned to Lyric in 2015 in the role of Betto in Gianni Schicchi. and as the Commissioner in Il Signor Bruschino In 2017 Bernie returns to Lyric in the role of Mercury in Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea. 

Bernie will return to Lyric in 2018 as the Gendarme in Les Mamelles de Tiresias. 

BERNARD LEON

Baritone

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