In 2007, at only twenty-one years of age, Michael Lampard was selected as a quarter-finalist in Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA competition in Paris. During 2007 and 2008 he a prize winner in the AUSTRALIAN SINGING COMPETITION, being awarded the DAVID HARPER PRIZE, THE SHEILA PRIOR AUSTRALIAN OPERA AUDITIONS COMMITTEE AWARD, THE ROTARY PRIZE and the INTERNATIONAL OPERA PRODUCTIONS PRIZE which included in its prize package the opportunity to record a CD of operatic arias with the PRAGUE RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.
Through an international audition process in 2005, he secured the role of Guglielmo in the ROME OPERA FESTIVAL‘s season of Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE.
Other early appearances included the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s DIDO & AENEAS for the HOBART CHAMBER ORCHESTRA in performances conducted by Myer Fredman in the TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND festival and Elvadas in Constantine Koukias’ opera, OLEGAS for IHOS OPERA.
He has also enjoyed a vast concert and oratorio experience having appeared as soloist with the SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, in Christmas concerts for the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, and with the TASMANIAN UNIVERSITY CHORAL SOCIETY, the TASMANIAN CHORALE, LAUNCESTON PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY and the HOBART ORPHEUS CHOIR in such works as JS Bach’s ST. MATTHEW PASSION, the Duruflé, and the Fauré, REQUIEM, Gabrielli’s IN ECCLESIAS, Handel’s MESSIAH, Constantine Koukias’ REQUIEM, Mozart’s MISSA LONGA and VESPERAE SOLLEMNES DE CONFESSORE and John Rutter’s MASS FOR CHILDREN. He has appeared for the CITY OF HOBART‘s CAROLS BY THE BAY and given recitals at MONA/FOMA.
Michael Lampard is engaged regularly by MELBOURNE OPERA, first appearing as Schaunard in Puccini’s LA BOHEME and the Marquis in LA TRAVIATA in 2008 and 2009 and then Morales in CARMEN in 2011 and 2012.
Other roles in this period included Papageno in Mozart’s THE MAGIC FLUTE for the UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA.
2013 saw his debut with MELBOURNE LYRIC OPERA in the role of Orestes in Gluck’s IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE.
During 2014 he returned to MELBOURNE OPERA to appear as Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS and Yamadori in MADAM BUTTERFLY and also sang Germont in LA TRAVIATA and Escamillo in CARMEN in ten concert performances of each opera, on tour throughout China.
The same year he created the lead role of Michael Howe in Don Kay’s opera, THE BUSHRANGER’S LOVER, in its premiere season at HOBART CITY HALL.
During 2015 he appeared as Dandini in LA CENERENTOLA for CITIOPERA and returned to MELBOURNE OPERA to sing Killian in DER FREISCHUTZ and Fiorello and Ambrogio in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE.
Engagements during 2016 included Harlequin in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for CITIOPERA in Melbourne, Banquo in Verdi’s MACBETH and Apollo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s THESPIS, both roles for GERTRUDE OPERA at the NAGAMBIE LAKES FESTIVAL and Biterolf in MELBOURNE OPERA‘s season of TANNHAUSER.
For VICTORIAN OPERA, during 2017, he appeared as Der Kanzler in Ernst Toch’s THE PRINCESS & THE PEA, returned to CITIOPERA for the role of Di Luna in IL TROVATORE and appeared in MELBOURNE OPERA‘s concert tour of LA TRAVIATA in China and Singapore.
In 2018 he sang the role of Kurwenal in MELBOURNE OPERA‘s season of TRISTAN & ISOLDE, CONCERTONET writing, Michael Lampard’s Kurwenal… strongly delivered and well-rounded portrayal… commanding stage presence., and LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE saying, Michael Lampard… enhanced the poignant beauty of Act III’s lamentation and death with his honeyed baritone., performances for which he also received a GREENROOM AWARD nomination.
He also appeared as The Duke, and covered Mercutio, in Gounod’s ROMEO & JULIET for the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, and made his debut for the CANBERRA STREET THEATRE in its season of James Humberstone’s and Nigel Featherstone’s dramatised song-cycle, THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT.
He created the title role in the premiere season of Antony Ransome’s opera, BUCKLEY during 2019.
In 2020 Michael Lampard makes his debut with OPERA AUSTRALIA, as Schaunard, in the Sydney season of LA BOHEME and will appear as Dancairo in the company’s national touring production of CARMEN.
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