Michael Lampard is an experienced classical singer, conductor, teacher and composer. Originally from Tasmania, and now based in Melbourne, Michael’s music has been performed by a wide varied of soloists and ensembles including the children’s choir, Bel Canto Australia, the Hobart Orpheus Choir, IHOS Opera, as well as many different ensembles from the University of Tasmania. His first opera ‘Succubus’ was performed by the IHOS Opera Laboratory in Hobart in 2004 conducted by Jean Louis Forestier. His ‘Brass Quintet’ was performed by the brass section of the Rome Opera Festival Orchestra and he has had works performed in Japan, the United States of America and in Sydney, Melbourne and across Tasmania.
Michael studied composition with Douglas Knehans at the University of Tasmania, and under Constantine Koukias at IHOS Opera.
He has also worked as a score editor/consultant and typesetter for many composers and until 2012 ran Wildebeest Press!; a publishing house for emerging Tasmanian composers. His editorial work includes the new performing edition of the Play of Daniel premiered in Hobart in 2012.
Primarily a vocal composer, the majority of his catalogue is songs, choral works and four chamber and a number of children’s operas (Succubus 2004, Magic Mountain 2006, Princess and the Pea 2007, Not Now Darling! 2007, A Remarkable Creation 2010, A Tell-tale Heart 2010, Never Alone 2010, Pinocchio 2011, Once Upon a Time 2012, The Doll 2013). He has also composed music for piano, string quartet, orchestra (including two symphonies), percussion, harp and several other instruments and chamber combinations.
Michael is currently working on 2 operatic projects, one that will be performed in 2018 and the other in 2020.
Upcoming performances include performances of song cycles by singers such as Sally-Anne Russell, Alexandra Oke, Jamie Moffat, Douglas Kelly and Michael himself.
Catalogue (information about performances and sound recordings added in due course)
Feel free to contact Michael about any of the following works or for more information about works not listed.
More than 100 individual songs for all voice types in English and German.
In 2016 Michael will self publish the first volume of 10 songs for voice and piano, This book will contain songs for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone.
Many song cycles. Listed below is list of the cycles Michael self-publishes:
Poems by Christina Rossetti. 12 minutes (Dedicated to Alexandra Oke)
Version 1: Soprano and Piano.
Premiered November 2015 by Alexandra Oke and Rhodri Clarke for the Music Lover’s Society. Melbourne, Australia
Version 2: Soprano and Chamber Orchestra (2 French Horns, 2 Oboes and Strings)
Premiered March 2016 by Alexandra Oke and the Art of Sound Orchestra conducted by Mario Dobernig at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia.
Emily on Life 2016 (Dedicated to Lee Abrahmsen)
Poems by Emily Dickinson. 8 minutes
Three Songs for Soprano and Piano
Two Settings of Edna St. Vincent Millay 2016 (Dedicated to Teresa Duddy)
Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay. Duration 6 minutes.
Two Songs for Soprano and Piano
The Soul’s Expression 2015 (Dedicated to Sally-Anne Russell)
Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. 10 minutes
Version 1: Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
Version 2: Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and String Quartet
Life in the Middle (Cabaret Songs) 2015 (Dedicated to Sally-Anne Russell)
Poems by the composer. 10 minutes
Three Songs for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano
No man is an Island 2015 (Dedicated to Douglas Kelly)
Poems by John Donne. 14 minutes.
Song Cycle for Tenor and Piano
Night and the woods and you (complete in 2016)
Poems by Rupert Brooke. c.15 minutes
Between the Silence 2011
Text by Douglas Mawson. 15 minutes
Six connected songs for baritone and piano.
Premiered by Michael Lampard and Karen Smithies in 2011 in Hobart, Tasmania.
Night, Sleep and the Stars 2013
Poems by Walt Whitman. 15 minutes
Three connected songs for baritone and piano.
The Dark of Time 2014
Poems by Judith Wright. 12 minutes
Song cycle for baritone and piano
Day’s Embers 2015
Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson
Song Cycle for baritone and piano
So Young and Fair (Completed in 2017)
Poems by James Joyce. c.20 minutes.
Song cycle for baritone and piano