Roger Lemke

Artist Management

Background

                                                                                           

Roger Lemke Artist Management was founded following Roger’s successful 30 years of professional performance in music theatre and opera productions, film and concert

Roger made his operatic debut in Australia in 1985 with Victoria State Opera as Schaunard in La Boheme, and with Opera Australia as Schaunard in 1986. 

He has since appeared with all the major Australian opera companies, as well as in New Zealand in a diverse range of roles which include Papageno in The Magic Flute, Taddeo in The Italian Girl in Algiers, Giuseppe in The Gondoliers, Count Boni in The Gipsy Princess, two seasons as Marcello in the highly acclaimed Baz Luhrmann production of La Boheme (televised throughout the USA, the UK and Europe), the Engineer in the world premiere of The Eighth Wonder by Alan John, Lescaut in Manon Lescaut, the Count and Figaro in The Marriage of Figaro, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Sharpless in the Ken Russell production of Madam Butterfly, Harlequin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, Anckarstroem in A Masked Ball, Valentin in the acclaimed lan Judge production of Faust, Elviro in Xerxes and Marcello in The Puccini Spectacular.

In addition to his opera engagements, Roger has been a regular performer with the Australian Pops Orchestra and on nationally televised musical events. Other concert appearances have included performances for the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as numerous festival performances including Mangus in The Knot Garden (Melbourne), and Maximilian in Bernstein's Candide (Brisbane Biennial).

He received a Green Room Award in 1990 for Dr Malastesta - Don Pasquale.

In musical theatre, Roger has performed the roles of Old Deuteronomy in Cats, and Javert in the internationally acclaimed 10th Anniversary  season of Les Miserable which then toured major cities in Australia and in New Zealand. 

He appears in the Australian Broadcasting Company’s recordings of Baz Luhman’s La Boheme, The Gondoliers and The Gipsy Princess, and on the highlights CD of La Boheme on their Classics label.  He also made his film screen debut in The Wiggles Movie.

Based in Australia, Roger is now a teacher, artist manager as well as a freelance concert and operatic performer and feature artist with companies such as the Victorian Opera.

Most recently Roger performed as guest baritone at the Annual Italian Operatic Festival in Pereta, Tuscany in Italy.

 

Operatic roles

  • La Bohème, Schaunard (Victorian State Opera)
  • La Bohème, Schaunard (Australian Opera)
  • La Bohème, Marcello (Baz Luhrmann production, Australian Opera, 2 seasons)
  • The Magic Flute , Papageno (Australian Opera, Victorian State Opera)
  • Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Figaro (Opera Queensland, Wellington City Opera)
  • The Marriage of Figaro, Figaro (State Opera of South Australia)
  • L’Italiana in Alegeri, Taddeo (Australian Opera, Victorian State Opera)
  • The Gondoliers, Giusseppe (Australian Opera, Opera Queensland)
  • The Marriage of Figaro, Count (West Australian Opera)
  • Lucia di Lammermoor, Enrico (West Australian Opera)
  • The Eighth Wonder by Alan John, Engineer (Australian Opera)
  • Un Ballo in Maschera,  Renato (Wellington City Opera)
  • Madam Butterfly [Ken Russell], Sharpless (Victorian State Opera)
  • The Knot Garden, Magnus (Spoleto Melbourne Festival)
  • Don Pasquale, Dr Malatesta (Victorian State Opera) – won a Green Room award
  • Dulcamara (The Elixir of Love) Victorian Opera

 

Concert Singing Performances

  • Carols in the Domain/ Carols by Candlelight (regular appearances) – televised nationally
  • Singing performances with the State Orchestra of Victoria and Australian Pops Orchestra
  • New Year’s Eve Concert, Sydney Opera House
  • Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, Victorian Arts Centre
  • Appearances with both the Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • Recitals at the Ballarat Festival; Canberra Festival; Martinborough Festival (NZ)
  • Bernstein’s Candide, Maximillian (Brisbane Biennial)
  • Opera in the Vineyards, Hunter Valley NSW
  • Pereta Opera Festival, 2012 Tuscany Italy

 

Music Theatre

  • Cats, Old Deuteronomy (Melbourne season, 1993)
  • Les Miserables, Inspector Javert (Cameron Macintosh; Melbourne season, 1998)
  • Les Miserables, Inspector Javert (Cameron Macintosh; Auckland, Perth, Brisbane, 10th Anniversary Tour 1999)

 

 

Movie/ DVD’s

  • The Gondoliers, Gilbert & Sullivan, Australian Opera DVD
  • Italian Opera Singer Alfonso Tiramisu, The Wiggles Movie  
  • La Bohème: Puccini, Baz Luhrmann, Opera Australia DVD