At home with This talented singer knows how to hold a hammer, as well as a
Well, he can definitely sing, but Adrian Tamburini, whose recent engagements for Opera Australia have included Alcindoro and Benoit in Gale Edwards’ production of La Boheme, Leporello in Don Giovanni and Zuniga in Carmen, can also hold his own in the reno department.
His Darlinghurst pad, which he bought with his partner, artist Tim Corne, is a two-bedroom apartment in a 1920s block that was hardlyrdly anything to look at, but being in the “worst orst apartment in the best building in the best est part of town”, it certainly ticked some boxes. s.
The renovation included a new bathroom, hroom, knocking out a wall to open up pokey livingiving spaces, and finishing off with a modern kitchen and new Australian cedar timber floors. s.
“The bathroom and kitchen are very y modern, but the rest of the house is very traditionalnal with 1920s antiques,” Adrian says.
Spurred on by what they have managedaged to achieve, Adrian says they are on the hunt unt for their next project.
“We want dogs, so we need a place with a backyard. A terrace would be amazing. g. We spend a lot of time looking at real estate e we can’t afford,” he says. “We love our apartment, rtment, but we are looking for our next house.”
Adrian is originally from Melbourne, e, but moved to Sydney to join Opera Australia full time in 2008.
“It was a huge transition. I went through a relationship breakup and then en the phone call came offering work in Sydney ey and it was the best opportunity to start afresh,” ,” he says.
“The only bad thing — I left my daughterghter Isabelle, 17, in Melbourne. We see each other pretty regularly though.”
Isabelle gave me this as a present when I left and it’s the most special thing.
We have a tinyti kitchen but I had to get a 900mm-wide900mm-wid oven in there. Tim and I cook every dayd and it was important we got the best appliance we could afford.
Photo with Isabelle BeethovenB head bust
My earliest and greatest influence as musician was my aunty who was an aspiring concert pianist. This bust was always on her piano as she practised and I would sit next to her and listen. This was taken just before I moved. I totally adore her. Luckily work takes me to Melbourne twice a year.
Tim bought this as a birthday gift for me last year. It’s a 19th century chess board that folds up to look like two volumes of books. So if you had it on a bookshelf, you would never think it’s a chess board.
Antique ntique Frenchrench porticoo clock
It was bought from a local antique dealer in Sydney, and now has pride of place in the living room.
Tim’s grandparents emigrated from France after World War II and they brought this trunk with them. It still has Tim’s grandfather’s initials on it. It’s our coffee table.
These are from Tim. I wear pocket squares every time I wear a jacket and these are
of my favourites.
This is one of Tim’s earliest works and he gave it to me. He did it for his Masters at the National Art School in 2010. It’s graphite on paper.
Opera Australia’s bass baritone Adrian Tamburini An apartment in Darlinghurst with his partner Tim Corne Favourite thing I love this Jean de Roncourt sculpture (on bookshelf). It’s very famous and beautifully made. It is a complete work of art Inspiration Modern renovation mixed in with 19th century antiques
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