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Michael Dewis

Voice Type:

Baritone

Nationality:

British

Country:

United Kingdom

Languages (fluent):

German

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Michael Dewis studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (1990-1995), The
Opera Course at the Guildhall School (1995-1996) and the National Opera Studio
(1996-1997). He studied with Rudolph Piernay, David Pollard and currently studies
with David Barrell
He has partaken in many masterclasses, most notably with Sherrill Milnes. Prizes and
awards include the Schubert Prize of Great Britain, The Lieder Prize at the Guildhall
school of Music and Drama, The Harold Rosenthal award for Opera and the Anna
Wyburd prize for Lieder.
He has sung regularly at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in roles such as
Prince Afron (Le Coq d’Or), Flemish Deputy (Don Carlos), Prince Narumov (Pique
Dame), The Narrator (Paul Bunyen-as cover) and others. With the English National
Opera he has sung Zurga (The Pearl Fishers) and covered Chou En-lai (Nixon in
China). For Opera North he has covered roles including Germont Père (La Traviata)
Giacomo (Giovanna d’Arco) and Belcore (The Elixir of Love). With Welsh National
Opera he covered Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and sang Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus).
With Opera Holland Park he has sung Renato (Un Ballo in Maschera). Elsewhere he
has sung Don Giovanni for Opera Project and Opera A la Carte, Sid (Albert Herring)
for Longborough Festival, Marcello (La Bohème) and Il Conte (Le Nozze di Figaro) for
Clonter Opera.
Abroad he has sung widely in Europe, including four years as Principal Baritone in the
Stadttheater Bremerhaven. Roles abroad have included Papageno (Die Zauberflöte),
Marcello (Bohème), Valentin (Faust), Di Luna (Il Trovatore) Renato (Un Ballo in
Maschera) Che (Evita) and many others. For the Wexford Festival he has sung
Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Jack Rance (La Fanciulla del West).
Following a break from singing to raise his daughter as a single daddy, and then to
retrain his voice for the more demanding lyric/dramatic Italian rep, his more recent
operatic work includes Escamillo (Carmen) for Opera Theatre Company Dublin and
Germont Père (Traviata) for Regents Opera. He has toured Europe singing Don
Giovanni with Regents Opera, and sung Germont Père (Traviata) for the Bermuda
International Festival, Michele (Il Tabarro) for Fulham Opera and Ankastrom (Renato
in Un Ballo in Maschera) for Burry Port Opera, returning the next season to sing The
High Priest (Samson and Delilah)
On the concert platform he has sung all of the main choral works with orchestras such
as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Bournemouth
Symphony Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra in all of the major concert
venues in Great Britain (Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, The Barbican etc). He
is a specialist of German Lieder, is a German speaker and appears regularly for the
Schubert Society of Great Britain. He has recorded Tippett’s Child of our Time
(France) and Purcell’s King Arthur (Holland with Tom Koopman).

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