Michael Lewis is one of Australia’s most respected singers, praised for his operatic and concert performances. Since winning the Metropolitan Opera competition in 1973, he has enjoyed a successful international career across Europe, North America and Australia with some of the world’s leading companies - La Fenice in Venice, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North, Opera Australia and Opera Queensland.
Michael has sung a wide range of roles, from Mozart to Wagner to 21st century compositions. He has displayed a strong association with the works of Verdi, having performed in 12 of the Italian master’s operas.
His concert performances include all the major baritone works, including Carmina Burana, A War Requiem, Belshazzar’s Feast, Ein Deutsches Requiem, Elijah, Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, The Dream of Gerontius, Messiah, Requiem, The Wound Dresser and Songs and Dances of Death.
Michael’s career highlights include: soloist with Rudolf Nureyev at the London Coliseum in Bejart’s ballet to Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer; his first Beckmesser in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg for Opera Australia; and the world premiere creations of Jeronimus Cornelisz in Batavia by Richard Mills, and The Major in Madeline Lee by John Haddock.
Michael's recent appearances for Opera Australia have included the title role in Macbeth, Olivier in Capriccio, Germont in La traviata, The Count in The Marriage of Figaro and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly.
In recognition of his outstanding work, Michael received a Green Room Award for his performance in Rigoletto; He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2008.