Dean Bassett Singer
Empowering the student.
A Patient Singing Teacher
My name is Dean Bassett. I am a singer, a teacher, husband and a father. I have a passion for sharing my love of music with others and look forward to helping you find your inner voice. Whether you want to sing professionally, are a student studying music, you just love singing or just want to feel more confident in yourself, you have come to the right teacher. I have a strong working knowledge of healthy vocal practice and an excellent ability to break down the steps in order to progress. I am also able to explain them in a variety of ways. If I am not speaking in a language the student understands, then I have to try another way that does make sense to the student.
I have a passion for teaching what I know, and supporting the students' vocal health is the primary imperative. The second is supporting the students choice of repertoire. Seeing students improve their skills and feel good about improving performance fuels me to teach more. It also makes me a better teacher.
My musical interests are wide and varied ranging from country and western through to musical theatre, classical music and Opera. My passion for theatre developed through performing
amateur musical theatre productions.
In my professional career as a valued member of the Opera Australia Chorus I regularly perform at the Sydney Opera House and the Melbourne Arts Centre. I have covered and performed a number of roles as a soloist and also know how to blend my voice as part of the 40 full time singers in the Opera Australia Chorus.
Since commencing work with Opera Australia in 2003, I have continued to hone my craft. In doing so, I have a strong working knowledge of healthy vocal technique and an ability to story tell through acting. A large part of my role in the Opera Australia Chorus has been singing in a number of different languages such as Italian, French and German to name a few. Through being coached in foreign languages, I have the knowledge to coach pronunciation in these languages.
Last year, I saw my first singing student through her HSC in which she scored an overall 92% for music, voice making up 50%. I also teach primary school students, senior music students, adults wishing to find their voice and those deciding on whether to follow singing as a profession.
I look forward to working with you to empower you to find your voice.
Education and Experience
I have a genuine care for others. I am good at problem solving and explaining things to accommodate different people’s ways of understanding things. I am resourceful and adapt well to different working environments.
Opera Australia, Surry Hills — Opera Chorister
2003 - 2020
High pressure high performance environment
Negotiate performance outcomes with 39 chorus members, international conductors and soloists
Adhere to Code of Conduct
Ability to be understood in several languages
Learn new material rapidly with high accuracy and understanding of the broader context
Expertise in public speaking/singing communication
Singing in Italian, German, French and other languages
Close and broad team work with 39 other chorus members)
Opera Australia, Surrey Hills — Opera Roles/Covers 2003 - 2020
Wather Von Stolzing - Die Meistersingers von Nüremberg
Siegmund - Die Walküre
Harry - Fanciulla del West
Arturo - Lucia di Lammamoor
Din Jose - Carmen
1st Armed Man - Die Zaubeflöte
1st Knight - Parsifal
Registrar - Madama Butterfly
Musical Theatre Roles
Pontias Pilate - Jesus Christ Superstar
Enjeloras - Les Miserables
Lord Evelyn Oakleigh - Anything Goes
Pat Denning - 42nd Street
Anatoly - Chess
Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney — Diploma of Counselling
Sydney Conservatorium, Sydney — Bachelor of Music (Voice)
Canberra School of Music, Canberra — Bachelor of Music (Voice)
"Dean has a beautiful tone and is gifted with an amazing voice. Dean sang at our wedding and it was a moment that has never been forgotten. A fantastic singer."
"Dean has been wonderfully supportive and has helped me find and develop my voice. His welcoming manner and wealth of knowledge in singing technique and performance truly makes for enjoyable and worthwhile lessons. His way of explaining concepts is remarkable!"
James Leo Donoghue
"Dean Bassett has one of the finest tenor voices I've ever heard. When he teaches singing, you know he knows what he's talking about. And he demonstrates it - with magical effect."
"Anyone learning from you will be lucky and will receive a true insight of skill and professionalism in the arts industry as well as learning how to balance and have fun doing it."
"You've always been a truly supportive colleague. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again soon."
If anyone is looking for a singing teacher during - or after - the pandemic I can't think of anyone I would more highly recommend that Dean.