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Opera conducting 

Michael first trained in opera conducting technique at the Franz Liszt Hochschule für Musik, Weimar, Germany 1995-96 with Professor Nicolás Pasquet, where he learnt specialist techniques for conducting recitative with security and accuracy.

He continued his training several years later with Howard Williams (formerly of ENO music staff) at the Royal Welsh College of  Music and Drama.

Michael’s recent opera conducting work includes:

Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Assistant) (Surrey Opera, August 2008)

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas (directed from the harpsichord) for the Waverley Ensemble, Haslemere, Surrey (June 2015)

Gilbert and Sullivan: The Mikado (August 2016, Haslemere Hall, Surrey) for Imagine That Productions

Future work includes:

Osgood: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (première) (May 2017)

Opera répétiteur

Michael trained with top répétiteurs in Weimar, Germany and from Welsh National Opera, Cardiff.  He has worked as a répétiteur for a number of London-based opera companies including Focus Opera, Surrey Opera and more recently UCL opera and Opera Coast.

He has also worked with a large number of singing teachers from top London music colleges including RAM, RCM, GSMD and Trinity Laban, leading to a thorough knowledge of both what top music college teachers teach (and expect in music college auditions), and professional practice in opera theatres (and what is expected in professional auditions).

To email Michael, please  click here.

Michael speaks fluent German (with native-level accent), very good French and healthy Italian.

He offers the following skills for vocal coaching:

– Bringing the text to life with acting techniques.

-Cleaning up the pitching and rhythms etc. for an audition or masterclass or important singing lesson.

-Finding the style for each genre, epoch and national style.