Michael Pearce

Michael Pearce Bass-Baritone

Michael Pearce’s concert and opera career has encompassed travels to China, Canada, Brazil and the Philippines.  He was the winner of the first English Song Award at the Brighton Festival, rewarded with a critically acclaimed debut recital in the Wigmore Hall.

He has given solo performances at most of the major festivals throughout Europe, and his numerous London appearances include Haydn’s Creation at the Barbican, Verdi’s Requiem at the Royal Albert Hall and Mahler’s 8th Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall.

Michael’s commercial recordings include Handel’s Coronation Anthem and Bach’s B minor Mass.  He has also recorded the part of Bam in Holliger’s short opera What Where.  He has given numerous radio broadcasts and recitals, both on the BBC and abroad, whilst his TV appearances include Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at the RTE Irish proms.

At the Royal Opera House he has given solo performances in Thérèse, Capriccio, Die Meistersinger (Ortel) and Salome.  Elsewhere he was Dr P in The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat (Music Theatre Wales), Herald (The Burning Fiery Furnace) and Balstrode (Peter Grimes) – both with Kent Opera, Becket (Assassinio nella Cattedrale) with Oper Bergen in Norway and Tonio in I Pagliacci with Pimlico Opera.  He sang Malcolm in Andrew Gant’s unaccompanied opera for the Lichfield International Festival, May we borrow your husband, and in his debut at Scottish Opera he created the role of Dundas (Horne: Friend of the People: world premiere 1999).

Michael’s recent concert performances included Elgar’s The Apostles (Barbican, London), Verdi’s Requiem (Snape) and Haydn’s Creation in Cheshire. In the near future he will be singing Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Christus) in Canterbury, Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Eton and Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall.