Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Dramatic Countertenor

Rising-star Canadian Countertenor
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«"Impressive Singer-Actor"»
Opernwelt, 12/2013 (2016)
«"The Virtuosity of a tightrope-dancing harlequin"»
FAZ, 03/2015 (2016)
«"Radiant Power and Emotion"»
The Telegraph, 09/2015 (2016)
2017Handel: SosarmeSosarme
2015Henze: PhaedraArtemis
2015Gluck: AntigonoAlessandro
2015Pergolesi: Adriano in SiriaAdriano
2014Cesti: OronteaCorindo
2013Handel: RinaldoGoffredo
2013Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoTolomeo
2013Britten: A Midsummer Night's DreamOberon
2013Handel: Giulio Cesare in EgittoGiulio Cesare
2013Rossini: SemiramideArsace
2012Gluck: Orfeo ed EuridiceOrfeo
2012Reimann: LearEdgar
2012Mozart: Mitridate, re di PontoFarnace
2012Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di PoppeaOttone
2011Handel: RodelindaBertarido
2008Handel: OrlandoOrlando
2007Strauss J.: Die FledermausPrinz Orlofsky


Acclaimed by critics for his “great virtuosity” and “vocal radiance”, the young Canadian countertenor Michael Taylor began singing as a treble with St. Michael’s Choir 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 Germany. After winning prizes at several international voice competitions, Michael went on to appear on opera and concert stages worldwide, including his Lincoln Center debut in New York as a soloist in Handel’s “Messiah” with the Grammy-Nominated Trinity Choir and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Telemann Institute in Osaka. Highlights of his wide-ranging operatic repertoire include Oberon in Britten’s “A Midsummernight’s Dream” (Norfolk 2013), Goffredo in Handel’s “Rinaldo” (State Theatre Mainz 2014), Corindo in Cesti’s “Orontea”(Hamburg State Opera 2014), the title role in Pergolesi’s “Adriano in Siria” (Opera Settecento, London 2015), Artemis in Henze’s “Phaedra” (Halle Opera 2015), Ariel in Purcell's "The Tempest" (Montreal Baroque 2016) and Argone in Handel's "Sosarme" (Handel Festival Halle 2016). 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.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Handel: Sosarme Sosarme 1 week Opernhaus Halle und Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle 2017
Henze: Phaedra Artemis Immediately Opernhaus Halle und Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Halle 2015
Gluck: Antigono Alessandro 1 week Ensemble Serse 2015
Pergolesi: Adriano in Siria Adriano 1 week Opera Settecento 2015
Cesti: Orontea Corindo Immediately Hamburgische Staatsoper und Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg 2014


International voice competition Sedat Gürel Güzin Gürel
international voice competition kammeroper schloss rheinsberg
jacqueline desmarais foundation for young opera singers