Steve Davislim is an Australian tenor who emerged as an international singer in the 1990s.
He was a fine French horn player who had eight years of experience as members of orchestras and brass groups when he entered the Victorian Academy of the Arts to study singing. His teacher was Dame Joan Hammond.
After graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, he was with the Victoria State Opera for three years, and was also a member of the Treason of Images Theatre Company Australia. He debuted with them as both Jove and Sylvia in La Calisto by Cavalli at the 1988 Melbourne Spoleto Fringe Festival.
He received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver jubilee Award in Australia, and also an Australia Council Overseas Study Grant.
He went to Europe where he studied with John Modenos in Athens and had several master classes with singers such as Gösta Winberg, Neil Schicoff, and Ileana Cotrubas. He spent two years at the International Opera Studio in Zurich, where he also studied Lieder interpretation with the internationally famous accompanist Irwin Gage.
Davislim became a member of the of the Zurich Opera in 1994. With that company he has sung the parts of Count Almaviva in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Achilles in La Belle Helene, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Ferrando in Così fan Tutte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Camille in The Merry Widow, and Gonsalvo in Ravel's L'Heure Espagnole.
He has also appeared at the Salzburg Festival, the Hamburg Opera, the Berlin Staatsoper, and the Mozart Festival Schönbrunn Vienna. He was scheduled to debut as Fenton in Verdi's Falstaff at Covent Garden in 2001.
He also is a frequent concert singer, appearing with the Chicago Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Royal Danis Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He participated in the recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, part of that group's prize-winning complete Beethoven symphony recording on the Ars Nova label. He has also made numerous live and broadcast appearances with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.