Winner of the 2018 Royal Over-Seas League Singers’ Prize and the 2017 Pavarotti Prize, Michael was born and raised in Glasgow, and educated at the University of Cambridge and the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Mark Wildman. Michael is a 2018-2020 Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
A versatile singer and actor, Michael feels at home in a wide range of repertoire and styles. For the Royal Opera House his roles have and will include Angelotti Tosca, Zuniga Carmen, Narumov Queen of Spades, Alcade Forza del destino, Minotauros Phaedra (Linbury Studio Theatre), Johann Werther, Youth/German Father/Guide/Priest Death in Venice, Dr Grenvil La Traviata, Judge/Chelsias Susanna and Deputy Don Carlo, as well as covering the roles of Figaro Le nozze di Figaro and Colline La bohème.
He made his Glyndebourne Festival debut roles as the Doctor in Pelléas et Mélisande and the Imperial Commissioner in Madam Butterfly in the 2018 Festival, where he was a Jerwood Young Artist. Other operatic roles include Leporello Don Giovanni for British Youth Opera; Leporello, Immigration Officer Flight, The Protector Written on Skin (scenes), Don Alfonso Così fan tutte (scenes) for RAM; and the title role in Noyes Fludde.
In the 19/20 season he will make his London Symphony Orchestra debut under Alan Gilbert performing Tippett’s A Child of Our Time as well as the St John Passion with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Other concert work has included Verdi Requiem, Jesus, Pilate and arias in both Bach Passions, Haydn Creation, Handel Messiah, Stravinsky Les noces, Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mozart Requiem, Fauré Requiem, and Dvořák Stabat Mater.
Michael was a joint winner of the 2017 Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, through which he has given recitals in the Oxford Lieder Festival and at St John’s, Smith Square. His love of Russian song has led to, among other things, a performance of Shostakovich orchestral songs conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and a recital at Kings Place alongside Sholto Kynoch, Joan Rodgers CBE and Guy Johnston. He has also performed in recital at Wigmore Hall, at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh with Malcolm Martineau, and will return to Oxford Lieder and Heidelberger Frühling in 2020.
In masterclasses and individual coaching sessions he has worked with Sir Simon Keenlyside, Brindley Sherratt, Alessandro Corbelli, Dimitri Platanias, Dame Josephine Barstow, Robert Lloyd and Sir Thomas Allen.
Michael is also a composer; his works include pieces for orchestra, instrumental chamber music, art songs and works for vocal ensemble, and his teachers have included Sir James MacMillan, Richard Causton and Robin Holloway.