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Michael Honeyman


Management: Australasia

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

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

Michael Honeyman began his vocal training at the Australian National University, graduating with First Class Honours and was immediately accepted on scholarship to 2 years full-time practical performance training at the Australian Opera Studio, Perth. During the course of his studies in both Canberra and Perth, Michael’s roles included 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).

With a growing reputation as a specialist in the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi and Puccini, Amonasro (Aida) was the first Verdi role Michael performed and one for which he subsequently received a nomination for a Green Room Award for Best Male in a Supporting Role (2013). For Opera Australia Michael’s leading roles include Escamillo (Carmen), Ford (Falstaff), Di Luna (Il Trovatore), and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly). He has also returned to Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour to perform Amonasro and appeared as a soloist in Opera Australia’s New Year’s Eve Gala. In 2016 his roles included Miller (Luisa Miller), Escamillo, the title role in Simon Boccanegra and Donner (Das Rheingold) in the Melbourne Ring Cycle.

This year for Opera Australia Michael sings the title role of King Roger in Sydney and Melbourne, Escamillo in Carmen, Amfortas in a concert performance of Parsifal and Amonasro in Aida Opera on the beach.  In concert he performs Elijah with Sydney Philharmonia.

Significant roles he has covered for Opera Australia include Don Carlo (La Forza del Destino), Iago (Otello), Scarpia (Tosca), 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 his performances have included Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Handel Messiah, Rachmaninov Vespers, and 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
March 2017
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