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Michael Honeyman


Management: Australasia

Parsifal, Opera Australia/Sydney Opera House, August 2017
“…Making his role debut as Amfortas, Michael Honeyman showed that his fine King Roger was no flash in the pan. Looking gaunt and pale, he caught the tortured King to a tee, his voice firm and steady, rising effortlessly to the tricky higher notes that bedevil the role……..this was a most auspicious reading boding well for a future Wagnerian career.’
Clive Paget, Limelight Magazine, August 10 2017

“Taking the role of the wounded Amfortas, who represents the spirit in agony, Michael Honeyman's voice captured rich autumnal colours to bring out the character's poignancy.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 10 August 2017

King Roger, Opera Australia, January 2017
 “…Baritone Michael Honeyman gave his best OA performance as the anxious, uptight Roger.  His neurotic, restless energy conveyed the king’s inter torment and indecision.  Firm across his range, he exhibited a good sense of line and strong dynamic control.”
Murray Black, The Australian, 20 January 2017

 “ …Michael Honeyman​ captures the conflicted psychology of Roger in singing of leavened complexity, opening out with commanding force in the third act.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald 23 January 2017

“ …Baritone Michael Honeyman gave his best OA performance as the anxious, uptight Roger.  His neurotic, restless energy conveyed the king’s inner torment and indecision.  Firm across his range, he exhibited a good sense of line and strong dynamic control.” 
Murray Black, The Australian, 23 January 2017

Amonasro, Aida, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour
“…Michael Honeyman gives a commanding performance as Aida’s father Amonasro, lifting the stage energy from his first appearance”.
Simon Parris, Man in Chair March, 2015

Madama Butterfly, Opera Australia Handa Opera on the Harbour
“….Baritone Michael Honeyman was a sympathetic, firm-voiced Sharpless”.
Murray Black, The Australian, March 2014

Carmen, Opera Australia
“Michael Honeyman………..with a prepossessing surety of tone right across his range.”
Lloyd Bradford Syke, Crikey.com, February 2014

A graduate of both the Australian National University, Canberra and the Australian Opera Studio, Perth Michael Honeyman began his career singing roles such as Lescaut (Manon), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Raul St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Macheath (The Threepenny Opera), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), and Salieri (Mozart and Salieri).

Since performing his first Verdi role, Amonasro (Aida), for which he subsequently received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Male in a Supporting Role (2013), Michael now has gained a reputation as a specialist in the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi and Puccini. For Opera Australia Michael’s leading roles include the title role of King Roger in Sydney and Melbourne, for which he received the Green Room Award for Male Lead in an Opera and a nomination for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Performer in an opera, the title role in Simon Boccanegra, Miller (Luisa Miller), Escamillo (Carmen), Ford (Falstaff), Di Luna (Il Trovatore), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), and Donner (Das Rheingold). He has also performed Amfortas in a concert performance of Parsifal, Amonasro in Aida at Opera on the Beach and at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and appeared as a soloist in Opera Australia’s New Year’s Eve Gala.

Recent engagements with Opera Australia have included Amonasro, Escamillo, Sciarrone (Tosca), Ortel (Die Meistersigner von Nürnberg), as well as covering Scarpia (Tosca) and Kothner (Die Meistersigner von Nürnberg). Michael also sang the role of Ned Keene in Peter Grimes in concert for Brisbane Festival.

This year Michael will make his debut in the title role of Wozzeck (Berg) for Opera Australia and his debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the role of Ned Keene (Peter Grimes). Michael will also return to the role of Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), as well as cover Carlo Gerard (Andrea Chenier) and Valentin (Faust) also for Opera Australia.

Other significant roles he has covered for Opera Australia include Don Carlo (La Forza del Destino), Iago (Otello), and Giorgio Germont (La Traviata). Michael has also worked with both West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia, Valentin (Faust) and performed in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as part of the 40th birthday celebrations of the Sydney Opera House.

Equally at home on the concert platform, he recently performed Elijah with the Sydney Philharmonia. Concert repertoire include Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Handel Messiah, Rachmaninov Vespers, and he has performed recitals for ArtSong Perth and ABC FM radio. In 2013 Michael was presented with the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, which enabled him to travel to New York, receiving instruction from leading opera conductors, teachers and coaches, and gaining insight into one of the world’s leading opera houses, The Metropolitan Opera.


Michael Honeyman is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2019
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