BIOGRAPHY

Luke Stoker is an Australian Bass currently based in Germany. He completed his tertiary education in Brisbane, Australia, having attained a Bachelor of Music (University of Queensland) and a Master of Music Studies (Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University). In 2011, Luke joined Opera Queensland as a member of the Young and Developing Artist Program and in 2012, Luke moved to Sydney to commence work with Opera Australia. In July 2013, he made his West Australian Opera debut as Masetto in their production of Don Giovanni under the baton of Brian Castles-Onion.

Luke has been a frequent soloist for oratorio and concert performances including the Rossini "Stabat Mater", Mendelssohn's "Die erste Walpurgisnacht", Bach’s "Magnificat" and several of his cantatas, Haydn’s "Nelson Mass", Fauré and Mozart Requiems, Mozart's "Coronation Mass", and Handel’s "Theodora". In the 2018/19 season, Luke will feature in Mahler's 8th Symphony with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane, and The Bells by Rachmaninov with the Dortmunder Philharmoniker.

As the recipient of the 2013 German Opera Scholarship, offered by the Opera Foundation Australia, Luke was awarded a position in the Oper Köln Opera Studio in 2013 and went on to become a member of the ensemble. During his 3 years with the company, Luke performed a variety of roles, including Zaretsky (Eugene Onegin), Il Bonzo (Madama Butterfly), Nunte (Leucippo), 2nd Priest/Armed Man (Die Zauberflöte), 
Zuniga (Carmen), Montano (Otello),  Brander (La Damnation de Faust), Masetto (Don Giovanni), Sacrestan (Tosca), Erzbischof von Reims and Florent d'Illiers (Jeanne d'Arc) and Titurel (Parsifal). 

In 2016, Luke changed theatres to take up the role of principal Bass at Oper Dortmund, where he performed Mephistopheles (Faust - Gounod), Sarastro and Speaker (Die Zauberflöte), Montano (Otello),  Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Marchese d'Obigny (La Traviata) and High Priest (Nabucco) among other roles.

In January 2017, Luke made his Paris Opera debut as the Zweiter Geharnischter Mann in Robert Carsen's production of Die Zauberflöte. In 2018, Luke returned to Paris in the role of 
Zweiter Gralsritter in a new production of Parsifal, directed by Richard Jones and conducted by Philippe Jordan. Luke's collaboration with the Paris Opera will continue in 2019, when he reprises his role of Zweiter Geharnischter Mann in Die Zauberflöte.

 

In summer 2017, Luke made his debut at Oper im Steinbruch St. Margarethen, as Sparafucile in Rigoletto and he will return in 2019 as Sarastro in a new production of Die Zauberflöte.

 

In January 2020, Luke makes his role and house debut at the Volksoper Wien with Escamillo in Carmen.