Well we are off! the opera australia regional tour of madame butterfly has well and truly begun! friday and saturday night we performed to a packed drum theatre in dandenong. i am looking forward to performing the quirky goro in a further 31 performances throughout regional victoria, new south wales and tasmania!
this dynamic photo was taken by the lovely jeff busby.
after a busy week rehearsing for opera australia’s regional tour of madama butterfly, i would just like to take the time to thank the very generous people who have donated to my australian cultural fund project. you have helped me reach 63% of my goal!
i am so humbled by the support that i have received. if you would like further information on my project please click on the link in my bio.
it is hard to believe that in just less than three months i will be relocating to frankfurt to begin my journey as a member of the oper frankfurt opernstudio!
over the past few months i have applied for a number of scholarships and grants to support my relocation. i am very humbled to have recently been the recipient of the 2018 brian boak outstanding performer bursary. this bursary was awarded by the empire theatres foundation, which supports young people to achieve their goals in the performing arts, from the beginning of their learning to nurturing professional practice.
i would like to thank the empire theatres foundation for supporting me through such an important moment in my professional and artistic development.
to read the article, please click on the link below! https://m.thechronicle.com.au/news/empire-theatres-award-14000-bursary-recipient/3441901/
as many of you are aware, i have recently been offered a contract for opera frankfurt’s opera studio in september. this is a truly wonderful opportunity and my step towards an international career! understandably the costs of relocating to another country and living for a year are substantial and so i am seeking financial support for my travel, relocation and living costs in frankfurt throughout my participation in this program. if you wish to support me in this way, i have created an australian cultural fund fundraising project through which you can make tax deductible donations for donations over $2. you can click on the link below for more information. your donation would be greatly appreciated.
thank you for supporting this exciting stage in my career! as soon as i touch down in europe i will be providing updates as often as i can! https://australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/michaels-opera-frankfurt-adventure/
I am extremely excited to announce that i have been offered a position in the prestigious opera frankfurt opera studio for season 2018/19. i will be relocating to frankfurt, germany in september 2018!
as part of this program i will be performing the main stage roles of the italian tenor in strauss's capriccio, ein offizier in strauss's ariadne auf naxos, basilio/don curzio in mozart's the marriage of figaro and others that are yet to be confirmed. there will be many other exciting concerts and performances, as well as regional tours. as this is also a professional development program, i will be able to learn from some of the best teachers and coaches in europe, have regular german lessons, network with international opera agents, as well as participate in masterclasses with internationally renowned opera singers.
i feel fortunate that i have been given this opportunity and i am very much looking forward to taking on the many challenges of beginning an international career.
please click on the link below for further details: https://www.oper-frankfurt.de/de/ensemble-gaeste-teams/opernstudio/
Here are a few action shots from last night’s mozart concert with the heidelberg choral society. it was my first time performing as tenor soloist for the mozart requiem, and wow is the music hauntingly beautiful! thank you to my fellow soloists katherine radcliffe, anna plotka and nick dinopoulos who sang extremely well. it was wonderful singing with the very confident and full sounding heidelberg choral society and heidelberg choral society orchestra. and a big thank you to maestro peter bandy for leading the charge, we have finally worked together at long last! thank you to all of my friends and family for coming along! we performed to a full house! enjoy the rest of your sunday!
Last night i had the pleasure of performing a few italian numbers for the cabrini fundraising gala with young talented soprano cleo lee-mcgowen and talented pianist adam mcmillan from the melba opera trust. we performed in the great hall of the national gallery of victoria. it was a privilege to perform as part of the entertainment for the night which also included katie noonan! the room looked absolutely spectacular!
Over the past week i was lucky enough to be working in auckland with new zealand opera on a new work that was co-composed by crowded house and split enz star tim finn and tom mcleod with text by gary henderson. we were under the direction of the enigmatic simon phillips. i had a great week with a fun cast and i was made to feel right at home especially by the lovely carla parry! looking forward to working with you all again sometime soon! photo credit: joanne cole
It has been lovely getting back to the airbnb after rehearsals this week and having a dip! i will miss the beautiful weather! it was a great perth festival showcase yesterday of luke styles’ and a peter goldsworthy’s ned kelly with the team at lost and found opera. and i have had a ball getting to know many fabulous musicians on the west coast! but now the return journey home and onto the next project!
Off again on another adventure. this time a week in perth doing workshops and a showcase for a new work, ‘ned kelly’ with lost and found opera. the showcase will be performed as part of the perth festival next sunday! if you are in town come along and say hello!
Yesterday i had the last stage audition of my sojourn in europe. it really has been an exciting time with so many different connections being established all over germany and in austria. i have also learned so much about the inner workings of opera houses over here and have regularly used the german and italian languages in both working (coachings and lessons) and audition capacities. now onto london for a few days before coming home on jan 16! looking forward to some heat and catching ups with family and friends after almost three months!