The Australian tenor, Michael Smallwood, commenced vocal training while completing a law degree at the University of Melbourne. After studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian National Academy of Music, and New York’s Juilliard School, he entered the prestigious Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera in 2001, later becoming a member of the ensemble.

He was a guest at the opera houses of Santa Fe, Paris, Glyndebourne, Amsterdam, Lyon, Dijon, Chicago, Karlsruhe, Barcelona, Kassel, and Berlin (Staatsoper and Komische Oper) and regularly returns to Staatsoper Hamburg. Festival appearances include Ravinia Festival, Aspen, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, RuhrTriennale, Lincoln Center Festival, and the Händel Festspiele (Halle and Karlsruhe).  

In opera and concert, he has worked with renowned conductors such as Yves Abel, Richard Farnes, Vladimir Jurowski, Friedemann Layer, Ingo Metzmacher, Julius Rudel, Ulf Schirmer, Steven Sloane, Stefan Soltesz, Constantinos Carydis, Ilan Volkov, Alfred Eschwe, Josep Pons, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Marek Janowski, Michael Boder, Sir Simon Rattle, and Tomas Netopil.
Michael Smallwood is also a sought-after performer of baroque music and frequently works with William Christie, Alessandro de Marchi, Hermann Max, Michael Hofstetter, Jane Glover, Thomas Hengelbrock, Andreas Spering, and Konrad Junghaenel.
His broad repertoire spans from Monteverdi, Handel, Gluck and Mozart through Flotow, Wagner and Verdi to Richard Strauss, Janacek, Britten and Berg. Furthermore, he has sung numerous contemporary works.

From 2013 until 2016, Michael Smallwood was a member of the ensemble at Essen’s renowned Aalto Theater, focusing on the works of Mozart (Tamino, Ottavio, Ferrando, Belmonte, Arbace), Handel (Lurcanio/Ariodante), and Strauss (Brighella/Ariadne, Henry Morosus/Die Schweigsame Frau). In addition, he gave concerts in Australia, France and Germany and was a guest with Komische Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, Opera Halle, Nederlandse Reisopera, and Opéra de Dijon.

In the past season he could be heard at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in the roles of Monostatos/Die Zauberflöte and 2nd Jew/Salome, as well as 1st Grail Knight/Parsifal under the baton of Daniel Barenboim at the Festtage in Berlin. In addition, his path led him to the Opéra national de Paris where he sang 3rd Esquire/Parsifal with Philippe Jordan at the conductor’s stand.

Future engagements include, among others, Mercure in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle as well as 2nd Jew/Salome, both at Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  St John Passion
  St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Christus am Ölberge
  Symphony no. 9
  Missa solemnis
Bruch Arminius
Elgar The Apostles
Graun Christmas Oratorio
Handel Messiah
Haydn Four Last Words
  The Seasons
  The Creation
Herzogenburg The Passion
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
  Davide Penitente
Nono Il Canto Sospeso
Orff Carmina Burana
Schubert  Mass in E flat Major
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Repertoire Opera/Musical

Berg Wozzeck Andres
  Lulu Maler
Beethoven Fidelio Jaquino
Bernstein Candide Candide
  West Side Story Tony
Bizet Carmen Ramendado
Britten Albert Herring Albert Herring
  A Midsummer Night's Dream Flute
Dove Flight Bill
Eötvös Tri Sestri Fedotik
Flotow Martha Lyonel
Glass In The Penal Colony The Visitor
Gluck Armide Renaud
The Danish Knight
  Orphée et Eurydice Orphée
Handel Acis und Galatea Acis
  Alcina Oronte
  Almira Fernando
  Rodelinde Grimoaldo
  Ariodante Lurcanio
  Oreste Pylades
Janácek Katja Kabanova Kudrjasch
  Diary of One Who Disappeared Young Man
Lehár The Merry Widow Camille
Liebermann Die Schule der Frauen Horace
Martin Le Vin Herbé Caherdin/Tenor 3
Martinu The Greek Passion Yanakos
Monteverdi L' Incoronazione di Poppea Soldat tribun lucano
  L'Orfeo Pastore I
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Die Zauberflöte Tamino
    2. Priester
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
  Le nozze di Figaro Don Curzio
  Mitridate Marzio
  Idomeneo Arbace
Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites Chevalier de la Force
First commissioner
Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges Trouffaldino
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gherardo
  Tosca Spoletta
  Turandot Pang
  Madama Butterfly Goro
Schoenberg Moses and Aron Naked youth
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Capriccio 1. Diener
  Ariadne auf Naxos Brighella
  Elektra Junger Diener
  Salome Second Jew
Third Jew
  Der Rosenkavalier An Innkeeper
  Die schweigsame Frau Henry Morosus
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Mons Triquet
  Pique Dame Tschekalinski
Telemann Der geduldige Socrates Melito
Verdi Don Carlo Comte de Lerme
  La traviata Gaston
  Falstaff Fenton
  Macbeth Malcolm
  Rigoletto Borsa
Wagner Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg David
  Parsifal Third Esquire
First Grail Knight
Weill Der Kuhhandel Juan
Wolf-Ferrari Aschenputtel The Prince
Zimmermann The Soldiers First young Officer
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