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Steve Davislim (born 1967) is a Malaysian-born Australian operatic tenor. He is of Chinese and Irish ancestry and is based in Vienna, Austria.
He was born Steven Lim in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, in 1967. His father David Lim is of Chinese ancestry, his parents having settled in Penang from China before World War II. David Lim met his Irish wife Joyce Davis, a nurse, while studying at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in the 1950s and 60s. They returned to Penang after marrying. Soon after Steve's birth, the family moved to Australia, firstly to Tasmania, then to Melbourne. It was there that the young Steve Lim joined both his parents' names to create the name Davislim.
Davislim worked as a horn player in brass groups and orchestras for eight years while studying for his Bachelor of Music at the Victorian College of the Arts. While there, he commenced vocal studies under Dame Joan Hammond, and graduated with honours. He sang with the Victoria State Opera for three years. At the 1988 Melbourne Spoleto Fringe Festival, he made his debut with the Treason of Images theatre company as Jove and Sylvia in La Calisto by Francesco Cavalli.
After gaining an overseas study grant from the Australia Council, he undertook studies in Italy, Greece (with John Modenos), Germany and Switzerland, where he spent two years studying Lieder interpretation with the accompanist Irwin Gage at the International Opera Studio of the Zurich University of the Arts. His other studies included masterclasses with Gösta Winbergh, Neil Shicoff, Ileana Cotrubaș and Luigi Alva.