Ian Vayne was born in the Outback of Australia in a little town called Ceduna. He began his musical studies at the age of 7 and later played the Violin all through High School. Finding a dark Baritone voice at age 15 he sang the role of the pirate king in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." This led to a placement at The University High School Parkville where he could pursue vocal studies formally.
Ian studied voice as an undergraduate at The Victorian Collge of The Arts and completed his postgrade studies at The Queensland Conservatorium. Ian later engaged in further intensive training in New York with Julliard teacher Daniel Ferro and also in Zurich as a member of the pretigeous International Opera Studio.
In 1988 Ian won the vocal section of Symphony Australia's "Young Performers Competition," and in 1990 he won the Australian Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions.
Ian has sung over 40 major roles in opera. He has a large range and a dark hued voice that has allowed him to sing roles as diverse as Rossini's Barber and Wagner's Hollaender. Ian has worked for scores of opera houses such as Mannheim, Sydney, Royal Opera, Hamburg, Adelaide,Brisbane, Freiburg, Cagliari, Zurich, Basel and Linz to name just a few.