Nathan Lay



Last Victorian Opera performance

Narcissus in Echo and Narcissus, March 2021

Echo and Narcissus Digital Access premiered on Friday 19 March and is available on-demand until Sunday 19 December.

Last 3 major performances

  • The Guard, Mind Over Matter, The Song Company, 2019
  • Home for the Holidays - USA Christmas National Tour, The Ten Tenors, Christmas 2019
  • Love is in the Air - Palm Springs Artist residency, The Ten Tenors, 2020


  • Master of Arts, Advanced Vocal Technique - Wales International Academy of Voice/University of Wales Trinity St. David - 2016-2017
  • Young Artist - Victorian Opera Young Artist Program - 2014-2015
  • Master of Music, Opera Performance - Melbourne University - 2014-2015
  • Artist on Full Scholarship - The Opera Studio Melbourne - 2010-2011
  • Bachelor of Music, Classical Voice - Dame Nellie Melba Conservatorium of Music - 2006-2008

Age when you started singing

Started singing and did my first musical at 16 - Started singing lessons at 17.

Favourite opera or musical

Opera - Boheme

Musical - Les Misérables

Favourite opera or musical role to perform

There are many I’d like to perform in the future, such as Sweeney Todd. But of the roles I’ve performed, I really enjoyed playing Tarquinius in The Rape Of Lucretia with Sydney Chamber Opera Company. 

A fun fact not many people know about you

I love to ride motorcycles, and I’m a crazy cat man. That’s two fun facts for the price of one!

Where's the strangest place you've performed?

In 2019 I travelled to Dubai with The Ten Tenors to perform for a private function that was held in the middle of the desert in the sand dunes, on a stage that was built especially for the event. It was epic!


  • Australian International Opera Award - Winner 2016
  • Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria - Winner 2013
  • Herald Sun Aria - Third Place 2013
  • National Liederfest - Winner 2010
Nathan Lay as Narcissus in Echo and Narcissus. Photo credit: