Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. He studied physics and mathematics at the University of Tasmania  before moving to London to further his singing studies. During this time he won a scholarship to the National Opera Studio.

After auditioning for the late Sir John Pritchard he moved to Germany to join the Cologne Opera Studio.

Since commencing his freelance career he has sung in many countries including Australia (Australian Opera, Victorian Opera and South Australian Opera), USA (Washington Opera and Miami Opera), Canada (Canadian Opera, Toronto), Columbia (Bogota Opera), England (Glyndebourne Touring Company and for the BBC), Israel (Tel Aviv Opera), Austria (Salzburg Festival and Klagenfurt), Italy (Pisa Opera) and in West Germany - where he is also resident - (Cologne, Düsseldorf, Bremen, Hannover, Heidelberg, Lübeck , Saarbrücken, Nurenberg, Wiesbaden, and Wuppertal Opera, houses).