Shanul is fast becoming recognised as one of Melbourne’s most exciting young tenors. Born in India, Shanul launched his singing career as a lead vocalist for heavy metal bands releasing three studio albums and fronting major national tours over 8 years. Concurrently he explored the classical singing technique as a stylistic expression for his music and in late 2012 relocated to Melbourne to commence his classical singing studies and pursue this art form.
Shanul has since appeared regularly on the concert, recital and theatrical stages. During 2014 he made his operatic debut as ‘Don Ramiro’ in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for Opera Australia’s Victorian schools tour and was later engaged to sing the titular role of Massenet’s Werther with the Lyric Opera of Melbourne.
During 2015 Shanul joined Cheryl Barker, John Bolton Wood and Sally-Ann Russell as a featured artist at Stonnington’s ‘Opera in the Park’ and Marina Prior at Gippsland Opera’s ‘Opera by the Lakes’. He sang as a featured artist with the Penrith Symphony Orchestra at ‘Opera in the Q’ under the baton of Paul Terracini, and also took part in Opera Australia’s month long season of Aida on Sydney Harbour.
2016 has already seen Shanul as a featured soloist at the annual ‘Opera in the Alps’ and ‘Opera in the Market’ events, alongside Greta Bradman and Teddy Tahu Rhodes under the baton of Guy Noble. He joined David Hobson for his second ‘Opera by the Lakes’ in March and will star in ‘Canzoni Di Mio Padre (Songs My Father taught me)’ at the Melbourne Recital Centre as part of the annual La Dolce Italia festival in May. During this time he will also make his oratorio debut with the Frankston Symphony Orchestra as the tenor soloist in Mendelssohn’s Elijah and will sing the role of ‘Florville’ in Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino in June.
In late September 2016 Shanul will relocate to Cardiff, UK to commence an MA in Advanced Vocal Studies at the Wales International Academy of Voice under the directorship of renowned tenor and vocal coach Mr. Dennis O’Neill CBE. The academy's reputation for fostering selected young singers at the early professional stage in their careers will present Shanul with a unique opportunity to develop and polish his craft to the highest professional standards.