Born in Hobart, Michael has performed widely across Australia, Europe, UK, USA and Asia in operas, oratorios and many recitals. Competition success includes being an award-winning finalist in the Australian Singing Competition (2006 & 2008), being a Quarter Finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Paris (2007), placing 3rd in the 2013 RMP Aria in Melbourne and winning the 2015 Melbourne Welsh Male Choir ‘Singer of the Year’ competition. Aside from his singing activities, Michael is also an experienced composer, conductor, chorus-master and voice teacher having taught privately and at the University of Tasmania.
Since relocating to Melbourne in 2013 he has quickly established himself as one of Australia’s most exciting young operatic baritones. He has recently worked with Victorian Opera, Lyric Opera of Melbourne, Emotionworks, Melbourne Opera, CitiOpera, the Forest Collective, Camberwell Chorale, Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra and as a chorister for Opera Australia. With the pianist Rhodri Clarke, Michael established the Zenith ensemble, a recital duo that have performed critically acclaimed recitals at the Melbourne Recital Centre, for 3MBS (Winterreise as part of the 2014 Schubert Marathon) and for many societies and organizations around Melbourne and Tasmania. He is establishing himself as a leading interpreter of new art music, commissioning and performing the premieres of many works by Australian and international composers.
His operatic experience includes more than 50 roles including featured roles Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Die Zauberflöte, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride, Bizet’s Carmen and Pearl Fishers, Verdi’s La Traviata, Macbeth, Un Ballo in Maschera, Rigoletto and Il Trovatore, Puccini’s La Boheme and Madame Butterfly, Wagner’s Tannhauser, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenrentola, Richard Strauss’Ariadne auf Naxos, plus many contemporary operas by composers such as Constantine Koukias, Don Kay, Scott McIntyre, Evan Lawson and Matthew Dewey.
He has sung with many leading orchestras including the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rome Opera Festival, Orchestre Pasdeloup, and the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, working with conductors including Placido Domingo, Richard Bonynge, Brian Castles-Onion, Fabian Russell, Warwick Stengards, Gaetano Colajani and Myer Fredman. His concert repertoire includes oratorios and masses by Handel, Bach, Mendelssohn, Faure, Mozart, Rütti and Durufle. He has recorded for ABC Classic FM, and has been broadcast regularly on many local and national radio and television stations.
Upcoming engagements include roles in Puccini’s La Boheme, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’amore and Puccini’s Il Tabarro, an opera tour of China, plus recitals in Melbourne, Newcastle, Tasmania and in the United Kingdom.
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.
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.