Melbourne-based baritone Michael Lampard is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting young singers, acquiring impressive experience in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theatre. He has performed in Europe (Italy, France, Germany and Czech Republic), Asia (China and Japan), UK, USA and in many major and regional Australian cities. In 2015 Michael was awarded the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir Singer of the Year title. He was twice an award-winning finalist in the Australian Singing Competition (2006 and 2008) and was a quarter finalist in Placido Domingo’s 2007 Operalia Competition in Paris. In 2013 Michael placed 3rd in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria competition. He has also received awards, or reached final stages of the National Liederfest, Herald Sun Aria, McDonald’s Aria, the Hobart Eisteddfod, German-Australia Opera Grant and the Joan Sutherland Scholarship. In 2011 Michael received the Arts Award in the Tasmanian Young Achievers of the Year Awards.

Michael has performed more than 30 stage roles including Zurga (Pearl Fishers), Escamillo and Morales (Carmen), Conte di Luna (Il Trovatore), Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera), Germont and the Marchese (La Traviata), Yamadori (Madama Butterfly), Schaunard (La Boheme), Hunding (Die Walküre), Biterolf (Tannhäuser), Dandini (La Cenerentola), Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos), Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Kilian (Der Freischütz), Orestes (Iphigenie en Tauride), Papageno (Magic Flute) Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Guglielmo (Cosi Fan Tutte), Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro), Michael Howe in (The Bushranger’s Lover) and Sir Hugh Evans (Sir John in Love) as well as covering roles such as Wolfram (Tannhauser), Falstaff (Sir John in Love), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Figaro (Il Barbiere di Siviglia). Working with companies including Opera Australia, Victorian Opera, Melbourne Opera, More Than Opera, Citi Opera, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Gertrude Opera, Australian International Opera Company, Rome Opera Festival; as well as appearances for More than Opera, Hip-Pocket Opera, and UTas Opera. In contemporary opera, Michael has performed for companies such as IHOS Opera, Forest Collective, Alexander Productions and Mainstage Theatre Company performing works by composers including Evan Lawson, Constantine Koukias, and Matthew Dewey. Upcoming operatic engagements include productions of Rigoletto, The Consul, Tosca and a role in Victorian Opera’s The Princess and the Pea (Toch)

His experience in concert is also wide and varied, ranging from the great works of the baroque to modern composers. Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah for Melbourne Opera, Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Saint Paul with the Camberwell Chorale, Carl Rütti’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Hobart Chamber Orchestra, Faure’s Requiem and Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet with the Hobart Orpheus Choir as well as orchestral performances of Mozart concert arias, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Finzi’s Let Us Garlands Bring. Other orchestras that Michael has performed with include the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Corpus Medicorum, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Rome Opera Festival Orchestra, Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, Australian Concert Orchestra, Jan Sedivka Camerata, Tasmanian Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and Derwent Symphony Orchestra. Conductors he has worked with include Placido Domingo, Richard Bonynge, Brian Castles-Onion, Gaetano Colajanni, Richard Divall, Greg Hocking, Warwick Stengards, Rick Prakhoff, David Kram, Myer Fredman, Timothy Sexton, Gary Wain, Mario Dobernig, Jean Louis Forestier, Douglas Heywood, Pat Miller, Christopher Lawrence, Simon Kenway and David Lawrence.

An acclaimed and passionate recitalist, Michael’s repertoire includes Schubert’s Winterreise, Die Schöne Müllerin, and Schwanengesang, Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Liederkreis (both Op.24 and Op.39) and many song-cycles by Finzi, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich, Mahler, Brahms, Poulenc and Ian Venables. In the field of Australian music, Michael has been involved in many premieres and commissions including works by Calvin Bowman, Matthew Dewey, Andrew Ford, Angus Davison and Scott McIntyre. Michael regularly partners with pianist Rhodri Clarke (with whom he formed ‘Zenith’ in 2012). Other pianists Michael has collaborated with include David Barnard, Patrick Hemmerlé, Leigh Harold, David McNicol, Stefan Cassomenos, Caroline Almonte, Karen Smithies, Michael Curtain, Jennifer Marten-Smith, Shirley Trembath, and Michael Kieran Harvey. He has performed in recital in Italy (Rome Opera Festival), Japan (Light Up Festival, Kyoto), United Kingdom (Ivor Gurney Society, Gloucester and Perrin’s Hall, Worcester) and USA (Cincinnati College of Music) as well as across Melbourne (Lieder Society of Victoria, Melbourne Recital Centre, 3MBS, Lyrebird Music Society, Methodist Ladies College, Medley Hall and st. Paul’s Cathedral), Tasmania (Han Vonk Music House, Mona Foma Festival, St. David’s Cathedral, Runnymede House, Song Circle Tasmania, Meadowbank Winery, and University of Tasmania) and in Canberra (Artsong Canberra) as well as Sunday Live and pre-recorded recitals for ABC Classic FM. Upcoming seasons see Michael presenting recitals in Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania and regional centres.

Rhodri Clarke and Michael Lampard (Zenith) peforming at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon 2013
Rhodri Clarke and Michael Lampard (Zenith) peforming at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon 2013

Michael Lampard began his singing as a boy-soprano in Hobart, Tasmania where he was born. Studying with Suzanne Ortuso, he competed a Masters Degree from the University of Tasmania where he was the DJ Motors University Scholarship recipient. In 2007 he won the UTas Conservatorium Director’s Prize. In 2004 he was awarded his Associate of Trinity/Guildhall, and in the 2006 his AMEB Licentiate. He has received support from Hans Henkell, Michael Johns, Arts Tasmania, Australia Council, Opus 50 Charitable Trust, and many other generous supporters. He has undertaken study with Konrad Jarnot and Stephen Varcoe. Michael is currently coached by David Barnard.

Aside from his singing, Michael is experienced in many facets of the music industry. A composer (click the link for more information and a list of works) studying with Douglas Knehans and Constantine Koukias, his works are performed around Australia, in Japan, Italy and the United States by artists including Sally-Anne Russell, Jamie Moffat, Alexandra Oke, Allegra Giagu, Pamela Christie, Rhodri Clarke, Quartz Quartet and the Art of Sound Orchestra conducted by Mario Dobernig. A conductor, he has worked with choirs, orchestras and opera companies in Tasmania. Recently, Michael made his stage directorial debut for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Tasmania. Michael formed the Tasmanian Opera Chorus (working on Melbourne Opera regional tours and for the University of Tasmania) and Hip-Pocket Opera for which he is the Artistic Director. Please contact Michael for more information about these areas of interest.