Australian Paul Tabone to perform at one of Europe’s first attempts at a ‘Social Distanced Musical Theatre Concert’

When Paul Tabone was just 28 years of age he was chosen to perform at the home of Luciano Pavarotti to a ‘Sold Out’ arena in Verona and he also shared the stage with operatic icons Andrea Bocelli and Placido Domingo. He performed regularly for Royalty in London. He made his debut at the National Opera of Bucharest (Romania), Teatro Carlo Felice (Italy), Teatro Del Giglio (Italy) and performed on Broadway .

In 2015 he made his German debut in the return season of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies in Hamburg’s Operettenhaus. Currently this Australian Lyric Tenor resides in London’s West End, where due to the COVID19 Pandemic, has sadly been released from obligation from a four year run in the longest running and most successful musical theatre production, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. On July 3, Australia’s own Tenor will take part in one of Europe’s first socially distanced concerts.

Paul Tabone

Paul grew up on a sugarcane farm, in the small town of Ingham, in Far North Queensland (Australia). He graduated from CQ University with a Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2009. Since turning professional he has performed with Opera Queensland and has worked with a variety of nationally recognised artists including Rhonda Burchmore, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Mercury Four and Guy Sebastian, just to name a few.

Since graduating from CQ University’s Bachelor of Music Theatre, Paul has been constantly employed in both opera and musical theatre productions, an enviable trait for any young artist. When Love Never Dies wrapped its Australian season he decided to move to Europe to pursue his career and further study as a Lyric Tenor, in where else but Italy. Inspired (by possibly the greatest tenor of the last century), Luciano Pavarotti, Paul headed overseas to commence study. He has studied internationally with many renowned teachers and performers and has studied in London, Wiesbaden, Milan, Florence and Bologna.

Early in 2013 Paul auditioned for the Luciano Pavarotti Foundation in Modena Italy, just fifteen minutes away from his base at the time in Reggio Emilia. The Foundation is directed by Signora. Nicoletta Mantovani (Maestro. Pavarotti’s wife, and a prominent producer in Italy). Signora Mantovani was won over by Paul’s talent and has provided him with invaluable support.

Tabone was fortunate enough to be chosen by Signora. Mantovani as one of four tenors to sing at the world renowned Arena in Verona, where he performed alongside some of the most recognised opera singers in the world today such as Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Ambrogio Maestri to a crowd of around twenty thousand people. This was broadcast with RAI 1 internationally
to an audience of over nine million people. Since then, Paul has travelled internationally and was fortunate enough to perform on Broadway (New York) at the New York City Centre in a tribute concert for Luciano Pavarotti, organised by the Foundation. Paul has performed the role of Duca Di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto in a brand new production for the Opera National in Bucharest, which premiered in August 2014 and was directed by Australian Stephen Barlow. Paul also has performed the roles of Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly for the Teatro Del Giglio (Lucca, Italy) and has performed Tony in West Side Story at the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Italy.

Paul performed 8 shows a week in Germany in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the acclaimed The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies or in German, Liebe Stirbt Nie – Phantom II. Paul played the role of Squelch in both the Australian and German production of Love Never Dies. After successful Sydney and Melbourne seasons the $9.8 million production was filmed by Universal Pictures International and is currently screening in Cinemas and available on DVD & Blu-Ray in over 75 countries.

During his time in the United Kingdom due to the global COVID19 Pandemic, Theatres have all closed in London’s West End, with reopening forecasted for 2021.

“This is such a sad time for Theatre. Our show has been running for 34 years at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and sadly we are now all released from obligation, due to the pandemic. I am so grateful I was able to take part in this wonderful show, and be apart of The Phantom of The Opera Legacy here in London, in the Brilliant Original Production”

As one door closes, another opens, and as a leading international vocalist, Paul has been invited to sing with the Orquestra Dos Centros (Portugal), conducted and produced by Nuno Fiest, at one of Europes first attempts at a “Social Distanced Musical Theatre Concerts”, in the city of Coimbra, Portugal as apart of the city’s summer festival celebrations. Paul will perform with a large Orchestra & The Fiest Choir in a concert dedicated to “The Best of Musicals” together with friends Lara Martins, Britt Lenting and Henrique Fiest.

“I understand the affect that this pandemic has had on my industry and have seen the devastation it has caused on my colleagues as well. I am very lucky to be apart of this momentous occasion and to take part in a monumental move forward in the fight to save our industry and the music. ”


2 thoughts on “Australian Paul Tabone to perform at one of Europe’s first attempts at a ‘Social Distanced Musical Theatre Concert’

  • This is heartbreaking , especially for a fan that adores Paul and the Phantom. Why has everyone been released? Will the show not return or is it so they can pursue other avenues until the show returns?
    With Love in my Heart,

    • Hi Cathy
      Thank you for your message – your support means so much. We have been released because the theatre has nearly 4 decades of repairs that need to be mended – what other show in the world can say that? 4 decades! So instead of keeping us under contract they have released us for now and then when the theatre/production is ready and in a good order we can see where we are at in our lives and re-apply and see what happens 🙂 x Take care of yourself x


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