Newcastle-born Bass Baritone, Ashley, completed a Bachelor of Music at the Newcastle Conservatorium in 2001, after which he relocated to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts Opera Studio, graduating in 2004.
Ashley has become an experienced and versatile performer with many opera, operetta and musical roles to date. Some highlights include The Vicar (Albert Herring), Antonio (Il Viaggio a Reims), The Pirate King (The Pirates of Penzance), Pluto (Orpheus in the Underworld), Svengali in the world premiere of Trilby, Papageno (The Magic Flute), Nick Shadow (The Rakes Progress), Purcell's Dioclesian for Pinchgut Opera, Publio
(La Clemenza di Tito), Count Danilo (The Merry Widow) and Figaro (The Barber of Seville).
For the last seven years Ashley has been touring as a Principle Artist with Opera Australia’s Oz Opera. In addition to his busy touring schedule Ashley performs regularly with Opera Australia Chorus and Pinchgut Opera. Cantillation and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra also see Ashley performing as a soloist, most recently with ABO in Purcell’s Come ye sons of Art: Ode to Queen Mary in Sydney and Melbourne. Ashley recently made his soloist debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in April and then in September with Sydney Chamber Opera as Badger / Parson in The Cunning Little Vixen.
For Festival Opera Ashley has sung in many concerts around NSW and performed the roles of Papageno The Magic Flute, Count Danilo The Merry Widow, both of which he was nominated for CONDA awards and Gugliemo Cosi fan tutte which was the companies debut production.
Ashley was recently appointed to the board of Festival Opera to take up the position of Artist Consultant.
Ashley’s future engagements include Papageno & Sarastro The Magic Flute for Opera Australia, Falke Die Fledermaus for Festival Opera.