The Heart of the Matter
St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond
Recognized as an engaging and passionate performer, Michael Petruccelli is establishing himself as one of Melbourne’s emerging operatic tenors. He has recently completed two years as a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera whilst completing a Master of Music in Opera Performance at The University of Melbourne. For the Victorian Opera Michael has recently performed the roles of Giuseppe in La Traviata, the Sandman in Hänsel und Gretel, the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Opera Land and the Father in Die sieben Todsünden. He has also covered the roles of Gastone in La Traviata, Bruno in I Puritani, Alex in The Riders and Antony in Sweeney Todd.
Michael is no stranger to the concert platform, having performed as a soloist in a number of Victorian Opera gala concerts. He has also performed as a tenor soloist in works such as Schubert’s Missa Brevis in G major, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D major, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai and the Bach Magnificat. He also regularly performs as a recitalist for the Lieder Society of Victoria, the Music Lover’s Society and on 3MBS – fine music.
In the 2014 Melbourne Opera Bel Canto Masterclass, Michael was the recipient of the Richard Bonynge Study Scholarship for outstanding potential in the area of Bel Canto opera.
In 2016, Michael will be making his Opera Australia debut in Sydney, performing the role of Stephen Goldring in Sydney Opera House, The Opera. He has also been engaged by Victorian Opera to perform Arturo Ravenclaw, alongside international soprano Jessica Pratt, in Lucia di Lammermoor and Beppe in I Pagliacci in a co-production with Circus Oz. In concert, Michael is engaged as the young artist for the city of Stonnington’s “The Classics: Opera” summer outdoor concert series, he will be tenor soloist for the Mozart Coronation Mass with the Windfire Ensemble at Geelong’s St Mary’s Basilica and will be tenor soloist for Bach’s St Matthew Passion with the Melbourne Bach Choir and Orchestra at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He is also looking forward to working with associate artist Elyane Laussade in the recital series “Night and Day” and performing the Britten Canticle III with Ensemble Goldentree.