Michael Lapiña began his professional career performing in musicals and touring extensively in Australia and Asia as a dancer and singer with WALT DISNEY SPECIAL EVENTS GROUP. He studied classical singing as part of a degree at the VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF ARTS under vocal teachers, Ron Maconaghie, Peter Mander and Brian Hansford. He received the MELBOURNE WELSH MALE CHOIR‘s Singer Of The Year award in 2009.
On the opera and operetta stage, his early engagements included the role of Dick Deadeye in HMS PINAFORE, Leonard May in YEOMAN OF THE GUARD, the lead tenor role of Nanki Poo in THE MIKADO and Strephon in IOLANTHE all for SAVOY OPERA COMPANY between 1992 and 1994. From 1997 to 1999 he appeared again as Nanki Poo for the same company, made regular appearances in its Gilbert & Sullivan concerts and galas and appeared as The Duke Of Dunstable in PATIENCE.
Since 2008 Michael Lapiña has been engaged by VICTORIAN OPERA to cover the role of Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’ELISIR D’AMORE, and the role of DER TANZMEISTER in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS.
In 2009 he was first engaged by MELBOURNE OPERA to cover the role of Cavaradossi in the company’s Melbourne and touring seasons of Puccini’s TOSCA.
Other engagements during 2009 including covering the role of Calaf in TURANDOT for HEIDELBERG CHORAL SOCIETY.
Michael Lapiña‘s engagements during 2010 included the role of Malcolm in concert performances of Verdi’s MACBETH for the HEIDELBERG CHORAL SOCIETY, in which he also understudied the role of Macduff. He appeared as Beppe and covered the lead tenor role of Canio in MELBOURNE OPERA‘s season of I PAGLIACCI and sang Goro in the same company’s production of MADAM BUTTERFLY.
2011 included his appearance as The First Armed Man and The First Priest in THE MAGIC FLUTE, for VICTORIAN OPERA, performances in which roles THE AGE reviewer said, Michael Lapina was impressive., and THEATREPEOPLE wrote, A standout was Michael Lapina… with an exciting presence to his voice.
He also appeared for MONASH UNIVERSITY, as the Emperor in concert performances of Puccini’s TURANDOT, gave performances in the lead role of Gounod’s FAUST for MELBOURNE OPERA and sang the role of Remendado in the company’s season of CARMEN, performances which he continued to give in the company’s 2012 regional touring season. 2012 also included a season of Offenbach’s POMME D’API for MELBOURNE LYRIC OPERA.
He was engaged to cover the role of Don Alvaro in STATE OPERA OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA’s 2013 season of LA FORZA DEL DESTINO and appeared as Alfredo in LA TRAVIATA for CITY OF STONNINGTON’s OPERA IN THE PARK to which, in 2014, he also returned to sing the role of Manrico in IL TROVATORE.
Michael Lapiña‘s concert appearances have included being soloist in both the Haydn and Dvorak STABAT MATER for ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN CHURCH, Geelong, opera concerts for the MONASH CHORALE and Verdi’s REQUIEM and Handel’s MESSIAH for the CAMBERWELL CHORAL SOCIETY. During 2009, he was engaged by VICTORIAN OPERA, to cover the tenor soloist in its performance of Puccini’s MESSA DI GLORIA and in 2012 he appeared in an extensive series of gala opera concerts on tour throughout China. Concerts during 2015 included further performances of the Puccini MESSA DI GLORIA for CITIOPERA.
During 2016 he sang the role of Normanno in VICTORIAN OPERA‘s season of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, performances of which the HERALD SUN wrote, Michael Lapiña elevates the role of Normanno impressively.
He also appeared as Macduff, in Verdi’s MACBETH, in GERTRUDE OPERA‘s production at the NAGAMBIE LAKES FESTIVAL.
2017 included performances of Manrico in IL TROVATORE for CITI OPERA and the HEIDELBERG CHORAL SOCIETY‘s concerts of Rossini’s STABAT MATER and Mendelsssohn’s DIE ERSTE WALPURGISNACHT.
2018 saw him appear in the title role in MELBOURNE CITI OPERA‘s performance of Rimsky-Korsakov’s rarely performed opera, KASHCHEY THE IMMORTAL at MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE of which THE AGE wrote, Michael Lapina gave an impressive performance in the title role, the top of his voice positively thrilling.
Also, during 2018 he appeared in the roles of the Mice and the King in OPERA AUSTRALIA‘s Victorian schools touring production of BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON and performed the role of the Registrar, and covered Goro, in the company’s China touring production of MADAM BUTTERFLY performances he continued for the company, on its Australian regional tour, during 2019.
2019 also included the role of The Steersman in THE FLYING DUTCHMAN for MELBOURNE OPERA, LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE writing of his performance, Michael Lapina is full of energy and vivacity as the Steersman.
He returned to MELBOURNE OPERA to sing Flavio in its 2019 season of NORMA and to the role of Macduff in GERTRUDE OPERA‘s MACBETH at the YARRA VALLEY FESTIVAL.
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