The Australian Tenor began his musical training as a Horn player and studied voice at the Victorian College of the Arts with Dame Joan Hammond. He has also studied with Gösta Winbergh, Neil Shicoff and Luigi Alva, attended Irwin Gage's Lieder class and the International Opera Studio in Zurich. In Australia he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Award twice and the Australia Council Overseas Study Grant.
After attending the International Opernstudio in Zurich, Steve Davislim started his career as an ensemble member of the Zurich Opera where he sang among other roles Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia
with Nello Santi, Paolino in Il Matrimonio segreto
, Steuermann in Der Fligende Holländer
, Camille in Die Lustige witwe
, Tamino as well as Maler in Lulu
under Franz Welser-Möst, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni
and Ferrando in Così fan tutte
with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Prinz in Heinz Holliger's Schneewittchen
Important appearances include Almaviva in the German State Opera Berlin, Fenton in Falstaff
in the Royal Opera London, Almaviva and Tom Rakwell in The Rake's progress
in Hamburg, Arbace in Idomeneo
in Lausanne, Don Ottavio in Sydney and Athens, Orfeo by Haydn at the Schwetzinger Festspiele, Tamino at the Ludwigsburg Festival, Tamino, Belmonte and Tom Rakwell in the Volksopera Vienna, Oberon by C.M. von Weber in Paris (Châtelet), Caen and the London Barbican with a recording for DECCA as well as Pong in Turandot
at the Salzburg Festival 2002.
Steve Davislim has already performed with the most prestigious orchestras in Europe, the U.S. and Australia such as the Cleveland, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Australian Chamber and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Danish Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Zurich, Vienna, Leipzig, Berlin, Turin, Madrid, Dresden, Brussels, Lyon and the London BBC Symphony Orchestra also in festivals including the London Proms, New York Lincoln Center festival, Salzburg, Lucerne etc.
Steve Davislim has also worked with such esteemed conductors as Yuri Ahronovitch, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Adam Fischer, John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Bernard Haitink, Thomas Hengelbrock, René Jacobs, Lorin Maazel, Marc Minkowski, Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Marcello Viotti, Franz Welser-Möst, Philippe Herreweghe and David Zinman.
Brahms' Rinaldo for EMI with Michel Plasson and the Dresden Philharmonie, Bach Cantatas with John Eliot Gardiner for Deutsche Grammophon, Beethoven's Christus am Ölberg
and Mozart's Requiem
for Opus111, Rossini's Petite messe solenelle
and Haydn's Die Schöpfung
for Harmonia Mundi, Holliger's Schneewittchen
for ECM, Beethoven's Symphony No.9
with David Zinman for Arte Nova and a solo album of Richard Strauss orchestral songs with Simone Young and the State Orchestra of Victoria for MELBA.
Further highlights include appearances as Belmonte, Tamino and Tom Rakwell in Vienna, Berlioz's Requiem
with Michel Plasson in Oslo, Lenski in Eugen Onegin
and David in Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg
in Sydney, Tamino at the Vienna State Opera, Lazarus
by Schubert in Stuttgart, Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia
in Berlin, Johannespassion
with Riccardo Chailly in Milan, Lukas-Passion
by Rihm in Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Das Klagende lied
with Myung-Whun Chung in Rome, Schneewittchen
by Holliger and Maler in Lulu
in Zurich, The Messiah
in Detroit, Symphony No. 9
with Christian Thielemann in Munich, Mozart's Requiem
in Dresden (Colin Davis), Così fan tutte
in Helsinki, Joaquino in Fidelio