Paul Ettore Tabone began performing from the age of 9 and throughout his education attained extraordinary grades in piano, voice and music theory. He was given the honour of the prestigious ‘Most Promising Voice for Music Theatre Award’, both in 2007 & 2009 at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music.
In 2009 Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Music Theatre from CQ University’s Conservatorium of Music and it proved to be a pinnacle year. He made his solo opera debut in Opera Queensland’s world premiere production of The Dirty Apple.
With a rising reputation as one of Australia’s most promising lyric tenors, Paul was also engaged to perform with Dmand Entertainment’s Tenorissimo.
In 2011 Paul was engaged in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to the acclaimed The Phantom of The Opera, Love Never Dies in the supporting principal role of ‘Squelch’. In the same year he also performed in Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight in Melbourne which is broadcast nationally every Christmas eve. Paul moved to Italy in 2012 where he was engaged as a soloist in Puccini’s renowned opera Turandot in Florence.
In September that year he performed at the New York City Centre, Teatro Menotti (Spoletto) and then Teatro Duse in Bologna with the Luciano Pavarotti Heritage Concert.
In 2014, Paul made his professional operatic debut as Duca di Mantova in Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Opera Națională București under the baton of Cristian Sand, with direction by Stephen Barlow. In April Paul performed as Tony in Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story for the Teatro Carlo Felice (Genova) under the baton of Maestro Wayne Marshall and also in 2014 he made his debut as B.F Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Teatro dei Gigli (Lucca) in collaboration with the Puccini Foundation of Italy under the direction of Massimo Morelli.
Paul was a second prize winner at the 2013 International Vocal Competition Rinaldo Pellizoni and won the Public Choice Award at the 2014 Canto Festival at Teatro La Fenice (FM).
2015 proved to be another great year for the young tenor from Ingham, Queensland when he returned to the Opera Națională București for further performances as Duca Di Mantova in Stephen Barlow’s production of Rigoletto. And in the same year Paul was also invited to reprise the role of ‘Squelch’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at the Stage Operettenhaus in Hamburg (Germany) called, Liebe Stirbt Nie - Phantom II.
In 2021 amidst the world wide pandemic, together with Producer Robin Smith, Paul released his debut album 'This is Me' which rose to #1 on the classical crossover charts in The Uk, USA & Australia. BBC dubbed Paul as "Australia's own Bocelli".
Paul has recently concluded a four-year contract at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s Glimmering West End in the role of Ubaldo Piango in the 33rd year of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of The Opera. Paul continues his success in the role of Ubaldo Piangi as he returns to Australia in the Lawrence Connor production of "The Phantom of The Opera" that will perform for a limited season at the Sydney Opera House & The Arts Centre Melbourne in 2021 & 2022.
Paul has established himself internationally as one of the West Ends and Broadways leading vocal coaches/teachers. Paul has studied the "Melocchi Technique" for the last 10 years under the guidance of Fulvio Massa (Bologna, Italy) as one of the last remaining practioners of this bel canto technique which assists all types of singers in many genres from Pop, Musical Theatre, Opera & Rock as well as vocal health rehabilitation.
Simone grew up in Melbourne, first training in classical ballet at the National Theatre Ballet School.
In 1999 Simone was asked to join Graeme Murphy’s prestigious Sydney Dance Company, dancing many principal roles during her six-year tenure, including a 2004 season of the critically acclaimed Ellipse at The Joyce Theatre in New York.
Simone has performed in many professional musical productions, including Phantom of the Opera (
Australia), Chicago (Australia and London), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (London), Sinatra at The London Palladium, and ENO productions of On The Town in both London ( London Coliseum ) and Paris ( Theatre Chatelet)
Simone career has seen her complete several films - most notably Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, Sweeney Todd and Alice in Wonderland with Oscar nominated director Tim Burton.
Simone had the honour of singing the demo track Take It All for director Rob Marshall’s film Nine and had worked extensively in TV for GALAVANT ABC America, Royal Variety Show London and various productions for the BBC.
Simone’s talents have made her a much sought after Creative director and choreographer all over the world having coached and lead master classes in Russia, London, Japan USA and Australia.
Her creative roles have encompassed workshops for major West End productions such as The Wizard of Oz, Flashdance and Shoes.
As a choreographer, Simone’s work includes Love Never Dies (USA, Japan, Germany), Sadler’s Wells’ Most Incredible Things with the Pet Shop Boys, Strictly Dance Fever for the BBC, 2012 London Olympic Games ceremonies with Danny Boyle. Classic Brit Awards, GIRI/HAJI Netflix, Baby Ballroom UK Channel 4 and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Workshop for CINDERELLA ( Other Palace, London)
Simone is the UK Associate Choreographer for Marianne Elliot’s London Production of Stephen Sondheim’s COMPANY and is also the Associate for the Broadway production.
Most recently Simone was the Choreographer snd Associate Director of the brand new Production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA on Sydney Harbour In collaboration with Really Useful Group and Opera Australia. Along side Australia’s Simon Phillips ( Dir) and Gabriela Tylesova ( Designer) Simone had the privilege of being a part of the first new creative team, in over 36 years, to present a brand new production of this most masterful of shows.
She combines everything a performer should, she excels in all aspects of her craft. She is a rare talent and I am proud to see her as one of the West End’s finest performers."
Stephen Mear, Choreographer,
“Her unflagging energy, attention to detail, understanding of dancer’s needs, and close working relationship with the Creative team has helped to create a positive working atmosphere on what invariably can be a tough and lengthy rehearsal process. She has supported the cast in every way, including during technical rehearsals, and helped to keep the momentum of the work moving forward in a seemingly effortless way. ...It is rare to come across someone so competent on so many levels."
Emma Gladstone, Artistic Programmer/Producer, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London