Michael won a Demyship to read music at Magdalen College, Oxford, and after graduating he studied piano accompaniment with Roger Vignoles at the Royal College of Music. At the age of 21 he was appointed to the music staff of Welsh National Opera, and over the next twenty years he was responsible for the musical preparation of about 75 operas, working closely with such conductors as Sir Reginald Goodall, Sir Charles Mackerras and Pierre Boulez.
On the concert platform, the many singers whom Michael has accompanied include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (on tour to the Far East as well as in France, Belgium, Norway, and at the 50th Israel Festival in Jerusalem) and Bryn Terfel (in the UK, Norway, Asia and Australia, as well as in a recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw). On three occasions he was official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
He also enjoys a busy teaching schedule, and in addition to being on the coaching staff of the opera courses at the Royal College of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (teaching singers, répétiteurs and accompanists), he is a guest coach for the National Opera Studio, and consultant coach for the Harewood Artists at English National Opera.
Faculties / departments: RCM International Opera School