Guy Booth completed a Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2005, where he won the Jeffrey Black Scholarship for Baritone and the Donald Penman Prize for voices in combination.
While a student Guy performed roles in Conservatorium productions of Going into Shadows, Burning Fiery Furness, Pilgrims Progress, Semele, and was a principal performer at fundraising events such as Opera Under the Stars, and Opera at Sommerville house. Also while studying Guy won the Dame Joan Sutherland aria and concerto competition, including the Peoples’ Choice award, appeared in productions of Tristan und Isolde and St Mathew’s Passion for the Queensland Music Festival, and joined the Opera Queensland Chorus in productions of Carmen, Tosca and Verdi’s Requiem. After completing his degree Guy returned as an alumnus to sing in role of Sid in the Conservatorium production of Albert Herring.
After graduation Guy studied abroad in both Germany and New York with international singing teacher Neil Semer, and was a finalist in the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. On his return to Australia he won the National Lieder Competition and was a finalist in the Australian National Aria Competition and the South East Aria and Concerto Competition.
A member of the Opera Queensland Chorus he performed in productions of Nabucco, Lucia di lammermoor, Romeo and Juliette, Aida, Tosca, Carmen, Rigoletto, Fanciulla del west, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro, Turandot, The Merry Widow, La boheme, La traviata, Macbeth, and Elisir D’amore.
Guy formally joined the company in 2008 as a member of the Opera Queensland Developing Artist Program. As a DAP guy understudied the role of Fiorello in il barbiere di siviglia, performed in numerous recitals, and worked with many respected coaches, conductors and directors including soprano Yvonne Kenny, conductor Peter Robinson, Giovanni Reggioli and Kelly Dickeson. He finished the year performing in recital at the Brisbane City Town Hall with the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra.
Guy then made his debut performance of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte for South Australian opera company CoOpera, which toured for 6 months through Australia, Germany and Switzerland. Also in 2009, Guy understudied the role of Marullo for Opera Queensland, and covered and performed the role of Cascada in Opera Queensland’s touring production of The Merry Widow.
In 2010 Guy returned to Opera Queensland as a member of its Young Artist Program for two years. As a young artist Guy performed the roles of Second armed man in Die Zauberflöte, Marullo in Rigoletto, Herald in Otello, Peter Dawson in Waltzing our matilda, Gaoler in Tosca and Morales in Carmen.He also covered roles Fiorello in il Barbiere di siviglia, and Guglielmo in Cosi fan Tutte. Guy completed his final year as a Young Artist with a Opera Queensland in 2011 in an Opera Gala concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in the Queensland Concert Hall.
While a Young Artist, Guy performed the role of Shaunard in South Australian Opera’s production of La Boheme, and since the program continued to perform regularly with Opera Queensland, now known as Opera Q. In 2014 Guy performed the roles of Marcello and Shaunard in Opera Q’s production of La Boheme.
Guy has been working on language in Germany at the Goethe institute Berlin, and attended the 19th Annual Neil Semer vocal institute in 2015.