Australian tenor Michael Butchard has been described by critics as having a “fresh voice… a true tenor with easy high notes” and is quickly establishing himself as a young lyric tenor to watch.
Michael Butchard graduated from a Master of Performance (Vocal Performance) from the Royal College of Music, London (RCM) in 2013, where he studied under Justin Lavender and was the recipient of the Vivian Prins Award. Michael also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Music and Germanic Studies) degree from the University of Sydney and an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Dr Rowena Cowley. He is an alumnus of the Pacific Opera Young Artist programme. Michael’s studies at the RCM were aided by bursaries from the Opera and Arts Support Group, the NSW Music Teachers Association and the Royal School of Church Music NSW branch.
After graduating from the RCM, Michael sang with companies across the UK including English Touring Opera, London Voices, the Philharmonia Chorus and Garsington Opera while continuing his vocal studies in London with Raymond Connell. Once more based in Sydney, he studies with Glenn Winslade.
Michael’s recent operatic roles include Elvino in La Sonnambula for Operantics/Penrith Symphony Orchestra (September-November 2016), Young Man 1 in the contemporary indigenous opera Pecan Summer (Short Black Opera) in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall (September 2016), Alfredo in La Traviata (Opera New England), Frank Wild and Thoralf Sorlle in the contemporary children's opera Shackleton's Cat (English Touring Opera), Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Woodhouse Opera Festival), Pasek (cover) in The Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Festival Opera), Ferrando in Così Fan Tutte (Focus Opera), Ernesto in Don Pasquale (Pavilion Opera), Remendado in Carmen (Woodhouse Opera Festival), Rodolfo in La Boheme (Opera at Bearwood) and 2nd Soldier in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (RCM International Opera School/English Touring Opera).
In demand on the concert platform, his recent concert performances include the Evangelist in Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Tenor Soloist in Bach’s St John Passion, Messiah, and gala concerts with Pacific Opera and Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. In July, Michael was a Semi-Finalist of the Mietta Song Competition in Melbourne.
Future engagements include Lensky in Eugene Onegin for Co-Opera (December 2016- May 2017) and Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Opera Projects at the Independent Theatre (Jan 2017)