Michael Taylor



Acclaimed in the press for his “great virtuosity”, “vocal radiance” and “outstanding voice”, the young Canadian countertenor Michael Taylor 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 in Montreal with a focus on Early Music. Michael subsequently came to Germany to pursue a specialisation in opera performance with Jeanne Piland, and he has worked with several of Europe’s most talented Early Music specialists, including Andreas Scholl, Sara Mingardo and Michael Hofstetter. Michael is a prize-winner of the Gürel
International Singing Competition in Istanbul and the International Voice Competition Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg in Germany, as well as a grantholder of the Jacqueline Desmarais Foundation for Young Canadian Opera Singers.

Highlights of his wide-ranging operatic repertoire include Oberon in Britten’s “A Midsummernight’s Dream” in Norfolk (2013), Goffredo in Handel’s “Rinaldo” at the State Theatre Mainz (2014), Corindo in Cesti’s “Orontea” at the Hamburg StateOpera (2014), Liscione in Scarlatti’s “La Dirindina” with L’Arte del Mondo (2014/15),Adriano in Pergolesi’s “Adriano in Siria” with Opera Settecento, Artemis in Henze’s“Phaedra” at the Halle Opera (2015), Ariel in Purcell's "The Tempest" with Montreal Baroque and Argone in Handel's "Sosarme" at the Handel Festival Halle (2016).

Also highly sought-after in concert and oratorio, he performs regularly with exceptional ensembles worldwide, including Handel’s “Messiah” with the Grammynominated Trinity Choir at the Lincoln Center New York (2012), Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Telemann Baroque Orchestra at Izumi Hall in Osaka (2015) and a series of Bach cantatas with Montreal Baroque set to be released shortly on the Atma Classique label. Michael is a core member of Berlin's Solistenensemble Phoenix16, specialising in the performance of contemporary vocal works; recently he appeared with them in a performance of Gerard Grisey’s “Les Chants de l’Amour” at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

This season Michael is involved in the creation of a new opera for children at the Hamburg State Opera by Massimiliano Matesic and Vera Nemirova, Alceste in Opera Settecento’s production of Hasse’s “Demetrio” at Cadogan Hall in
London, Argone in Handel’s “Sosarme” in Halle as well as a program of works by Stockhausen, Ligeti, Ferneyhough and Holliger with the Solistenensemble Phoenix16 in Berlin. As founder and co-director of the baroque ensemble “The Dansant”, he recently released “To Die, To Sleep”, a solo album of opera arias by Handel, Vivaldi and Graun accompanied on period instruments; the album is now available worldwide.

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Artemis in Henzes “Phaedra”, Oper Halle, 2015
“Eine ähnliche Direktheit erreichte der Countertenor Michael Taylor. Seine Altusstimme war bis in die Spitzentöne hinein klangschön und strahlkräftig. Als jugendlicher Artemis sorgte er vor allem im zweiten Teil bei der operativen Geschlechtsumwandlung des Hippolyt für einen verstörenden Höhepunkt.”

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