Michael Taylor (countertenor) 11th October

Canadian countertenor Michael Taylor has garnered praise across Europe and North America for performances of leading roles in operas from the baroque period to the modern era; recently he appeared as Tolomeo in Handel's “Giulio Cesare” in Portugal and as Oberon in Britten's “A Midsummernight's Dream” in England to celebrate the composer's centenary year. Michael is also highly sought-after in concert and oratorio, and in 2012 he sang his Lincoln Center debut in New York as a soloist in Handel's “Messiah” with the Grammy-Nominated Trinity Choir.


Michael began singing as a treble at St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, where he also studied the violin and piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music. After graduating with a degree in Physics and Neuroscience from McGill University, he took up further vocal studies with a focus on Early Music, subsequently moving to Europe to pursue a specialization in opera performance with Jeanne Piland (Deutsche Oper am Rhein); he has worked with some of the most eminent talents on the early music scene, including Andreas Scholl, Sara Mingardo and Michael Hofstetter.

 

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Michael has won prizes at international voice competitions in Istanbul and Rheinsberg and is a grant holder of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation. Highlights for the upcoming season include Goffredo in Handel's “Rinaldo” at the Staatstheater Mainz and Liscione in Scarlatti's “La Dirindina” with L'Arte del Mondo. A solo album of operatic arias is set to be released shortly with the baroque ensemble “The Dansant”, of which Michael is co-founder and artistic director.

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