Baritone Samuel Dundas is a fast-rising star of Australian opera, making a name for himself with Opera Australia. In the last half of 2014, he’ll appear in Rigoletto, The Elixir of Love and Don Pasquale. He’s also regularly featured on the raunchiest opera blog on the internet, Barihunks, and his brother Toby Dundas is the drummer for ARIA Award-winning band The Temper Trap. We asked him to share five of his favourite songs.
Javert’s suicide (Les Miserables) – Phillip Quast
I’m a secret Javertaphile and I just think this clip epitomises who and what the character should be. Quast is so riveting to watch, even in this concert version, and you can tell he has truly inhabited the character.
Te deum (Tosca) – Bryn Terfel
I honestly think this is one of the greatest pieces of musical writing, not only in opera, but across the board. Lyrical, brooding and just straight-up exciting. So many greats to choose from, but Bryn is a sentimental favourite!
Love Lost – Temper Trap
This is just a shameful family plug. We often joke about how it is possible to have two sons, both in music, but both at such completely opposite ends of music spectrum. It’s also just a great clip to back up my favourite song by the band.
Here it goes again – OK Go
I remember when this clip first came out. The boys backed it up with a catchy song, but this clip is one of my first memories of something going “viral”.
I Believe (The Book of Mormon) – Andrew Rannells
I had to have something from Mormon on my list, because it’s the most creative performance I’ve seen in the last 12 months. While not my favourite track from the show, this is probably the only one suitable for this list.