At only twenty-one years of age, Michael Lampard was selected as a quarter-finalist in Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA competition in Paris in 2007 and through an international audition process secured the role of Guglielmo in the ROME OPERA FESTIVAL‘s season of Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE.
In 2020 he made his debut with OPERA AUSTRALIA, singing Schaunard, in the Sydney season of LA BOHEME and Dancairo in the company’s national touring production of CARMEN subsequently rescheduled to 2021.
His roles for VICTORIAN OPERA include Der Kanzler in Ernst Toch’s THE PRINCESS & THE PEA in 2017 and The Ambassador in Respighi’s SLEEPING BEAUTY during 2021.
He is engaged regularly by MELBOURNE OPERA, first appearing as Schaunard in LA BOHEME and the Marquis in LA TRAVIATA in 2008 and 2009 and then Morales in CARMEN in 2011 and 2012 and, in 2014, Di Luna in IL TROVATORE, Fiorello and Ambrogio in THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, Killian in DER FREISCHUTZ and Biterolf in TANNHAUSER.
Of his 2018 appearances in the role of Kurwenal in the company’s season of TRISTAN & ISOLDE, CONCERTONET wrote, 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 sang the roles of Zurga in THE PEARLFISHERS, Yamadori in MADAM BUTTERFLY, Germont in LA TRAVIATA and Escamillo in CARMEN in ten concert performances of each opera, for MELBOURNE OPERA, on tour throughout China.
Michael Lampard’s other recent operatic roles include Orestes in Gluck’s IPHIGENIE EN TAURIDE for MELBOURNE LYRIC OPERA, Dandini in LA CENERENTOLA and Harlequin in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS for CITIOPERA, Banquo in Verdi’s MACBETH and Apollo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s THESPIS, both roles for GERTRUDE OPERA and earlier appearances included the role of Aeneas in Purcell’s DIDO & AENEAS for the HOBART CHAMBER ORCHESTRA at the TEN DAYS ON THE ISLAND festival, Elvadas in Constantine Koukias’ opera, OLEGAS for IHOS OPERA, Papageno in THE MAGIC FLUTE for the UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA and the lead role of Michael Howe in Don Kay’s opera, THE BUSHRANGER’S LOVER, in its premiere season at HOBART CITY HALL.
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 and has appeared as guest soloist for the CITY OF HOBART‘s CAROLS BY THE BAY.
He also appeared as The Duke, and covered Mercutio, in Gounod’s ROMEO & JULIET for the TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA and was engaged by the CANBERRA STREET THEATRE for its season of James Humberstone’s and Nigel Featherstone’s dramatised song-cycle, THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT while 2020 was to have included the roles of both Morales and Dancairo in the VICTORIA CHORALE‘s staged-concert version of CARMEN.
Michael Lampard is also busy performer of lieder and particularly, English art song, appearing in recitals in the MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE’s LOCAL HEROES series, for VICTORIAN OPERA and in the UK.
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