Adrian Tam­burini

At home with This tal­ented singer knows how to hold a ham­mer, as well as a

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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.”

Care Bear

Is­abelle gave me this as a present when I left and it’s the most spe­cial thing.

Smeg oven

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.

Chess board

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.

Pocket squares

These are from Tim. I wear pocket squares ev­ery time I wear a jacket and these are

of my favourites.

Tim’s art­work

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

My peace and quiet and sanc­tu­ary from the won­der­ful mad­ness that is Opera Aus­tralia ey, as e g


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