Michael Bracegirdle, tenor

Biography

Michael Bracegirdle first qualified as a Chartered Accountant and enjoyed a successful career as a Finance Director in the UK. In 2003 he gave up his business career to further his vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Michael’s operatic career has taken him from the UK and mainland Europe to the Far East and the USA, working with companies including The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, The Danish Royal Opera, Welsh National Opera, The Israeli Opera, Opera Holland Park, Scottish Opera, English Touring Opera, Longborough Festival Opera, Mid Wales Opera, Theater Erfurt, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Limoges and Opéra de Reims.

Current and future engagements include Luigi in Il Tabarro at The Copenhagen Opera Festival and a New Year’s Opera Gala with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester.

His roles include Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Parsifal (Parsifal), Siegmund (Die Walküre), Erik (Der Fliegende Holländer), Loge (Das Rheingold), Walther (Tannhäuser), Der Bucklige (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Laca and Steva (Jenůfa), Jenik (The Bartered Bride), Boris and Kudryash (Katya Kabanova), Filka Morozov and Big Prisoner (From The House Of The Dead), Canio (Pagliacci), Cavaradossi (Tosca), Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly), Rodolfo (La bohème), Ruggero (La rondine), Joe (La fanciulla del West), Borsa (Rigoletto), Radames (Aida), Don José (Carmen), Le Prince (L’amour des trois oranges), Hoffmann (Les Contes D’Hoffmann), Jason (Medée), Father Grenville (Dead Man Walking), Judge Danforth (The Crucible), Lysander (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Tom Rakewell and Sellem (The Rake’s Progress).

In concert Michael has performed at The Barbican Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, The Bridgewater Hall and with the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. He has broadcast for BBC Radio 3 and 4, Danish Radio and with Mezzo TV.

Calendar
Repertoire
Opera roles

Georges Bizet

CARMEN/Don José

Benjamin Britten

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM/ Lysander

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

MEDÈE/Jason

Peter Cornelius

THE BARBER OF BAGHDAD/ Nureddin

Neil Hannon

SEVASTOPOL/ Various characters

Jake Heggie

DEAD MAN WALKING/ Father Grenville

Leoš Janácek

FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD/ Big Prisoner/Nikita
FROM THE HOUSE OF THE DEAD/ Luka/Filka
JENUFA/Laca
JENUFA/ Steva
KATYA KABANOVA/Boris
KATYA KABANOVA/Kudrjaš

Peter Maxwell Davies

THE LIGHTHOUSE/ Sandy
THE LIGHTHOUSE/ First Officer

Ruggiero Leoncavallo

I PAGLIACCI/ Canio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

LA CLEMENZA DI TITO/Tito
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/Tamino
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE/1. Armoured Men
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Monostatos

Jacques Offenbach

LES CONTES D`HOFFMANN/ Hoffmann

Ferdinando Paer

LEONORA/ Florestan

Sergej Prokofiev

THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES/ Le Prince

Giacomo Puccini

LA BOHEME/Rodolfo
MADAMA BUTTERFLY/ Pinkerton
LA RONDINE/Ruggero
TOSCA/Cavaradossi

Bedrich Smetana

THE BARTERED BRIDE/Jenik

Johann Strauss

DIE FLEDERMAUS/Eisenstein

Richard Strauss

DIE FRAU OHNE SCHATTEN/ Der Bucklige
DER ROSENKAVALIER/ Valzacchi

Igor Stravinsky

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS/ Sellem
THE RAKE'S PROGRESS/Tom Rakewell

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

EUGENE ONEGIN/Lensky

Giuseppe Verdi

AIDA/ Radames
MACBETH/ Malcolm
LA TRAVIATA/Alfredo
IL TROVATORE/ Ruiz

Richard Wagner

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER/ Erik
PARSIFAL/ Fourth Esquire
PARSIFAL /Parsifal
DAS RHEINGOLD/ Loge
TANNHÄUSER/ Walther
DIE WALKÜRE/ Siegmund

Robert Ward

THE CRUCIBLE/ Judge Danforth
Review
DIE WALKÜRE, Saffron Hall
Operissima
Michael Bracegirdle’s passionate and determined Siegmund was another outstanding contribution, navigating sensitively between the assured conviction of a proven hero, and the tragic uncertainty of a man abandoned by a father he never truly knew, constantly finding himself embroiled in quarrels he can neither justify nor solve. From an authoritative and mellifluous start, Bracegirdle went on to deliver a superb Siegmund full of integrity and honour. Bracegirdle’s lyrical tenor was well up to the challenge of the role; Winterstürme came across beautifully as Bracegirdle settled into its phrasing, and his cries of “Wälse!” had a fantastic sense of urgency.
JENŮFA, Opéra de Reims
Opera (by Mark Audus – responsible for the recently revised Universal Edition)
The British tenor Michael Bracegirdle was as fine a Laca as I have ever seen. Vocally he reminded me of Philip Langridge, and he rose magnificently to the extra demands of the 1904 score; but he also has the physical attributes necessary for his louring presence to gnaw away at us before emerging as a sturdy but sensitive companion by the end.
THE CRUCIBLE, Dicapo Opera Theatre
New York Times
Michael Bracegirdle was a magnificently imperious Judge Danforth…
CARMEN, Stowe Opera
Opera
...But the palm must go to the Don José of Michael Bracegirdle. Here is what the Italians call an ‘emergent voice’, smooth throughout its compass, with effortlessly ringing high notes that he can subdue to a fil di voce, suggesting that he might be one of the few tenors able to end ‘Celeste Aida’ in the way that Verdi intended...
L’AMOUR DES TROIS ORANGES, Opéra de Limoges
Le Populaire du Centre
Michael Bracegirdle possesses a supple, luminous timbre and is entirely convincing dramatically.
JENŮFA, Opéra de Rennes
Res Musica
The confrontation of tenors turns to the advantage of Michael Bracegirdle, Laca, devoured by his bitterness, but who will ultimately find the light….imposes a convincing portrait with a mighty instrument.
JENŮFA, Opéra de Rennes
Ouest-France
The commitment of the performer allows him to reveal all the facets of his character, to express the goodness that lies behind its primary reactions. The voices are all very good…. the obvious talent of Pavla Vykopalova (Jenůfa) and Michael Bracegirdle (Laca).
KATYA KABANOVA, Scottish Opera On Tour
The Scotsman
…Michael Bracegirdle played Boris with piercing bravado.
THE DOCTOR’S TALE, ROH2
Tottenham Journal
The performances are strong, especially Sadhbh Dennedy and Michael Bracegirdle - two stunning voices.
THE DOCTOR’S TALE, ROH2
What’s On Stage
…Michael Bracegirdle was the most virile vet in operatic history.
TOSCA, English Touring Opera
The Daily Telegraph
As Cavaradossi, Michael Bracegirdle phrases his arias intelligently...
TOSCA, English Touring Opera
The Guardian
…Michael Bracegirdle was bracingly robust and never less than ardent…
TOSCA, English Touring Opera
The Observer
…Michael Bracegirdle’s Cavaradossi seizes his vocal opportunities with some panache.
CARMEN, Opera Up Close
The Independent
…a striking performance from Mike Bracegirdle as José.
KATYA KABANOVA, English Touring Opera
The Times
…Michael Bracegirdle’s forthright Kudryash, a real match for his Varvara…
THE BARTERED BRIDE, Mid Wales Opera
The Times
Michael Bracegirdle throws himself into his high-lying role with heroic abandon and cuts a rogueish figure.
JENŮFA, English Touring Opera
Opera
...Michael Bracegirdle, a handsome, feckless Števa...
EUGENE ONEGIN, English Touring Opera
The Guardian
Another fine young English singer, tenor Michael Bracegirdle, makes the most of his opportunities as the poet Lensky, mustering as much power as finesse when roused, and savouring his great pre-duel aria...
EUGENE ONEGIN, English Touring Opera
The Herald
There were strong performances, too, from Roland Wood as Onegin and Michael Bracegirdle as Lensky.
EUGENE ONEGIN, English Touring Opera
The Sunday Times
The immaculate English diction of Roland Wood's Onegin, Michael Bracegirdle's Lensky, gave consistent pleasure in Hackney's ideally proportioned auditorium…
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, English Touring Opera
Classical Source
Each of the four lovers boasts a terrific voice and vivid, contrasting personality...
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Longborough Festival Opera
The Times
…there’s some admirable singing from Michael Bracegirdle (Lysander)…
MACBETH, Chelsea Opera Group
Music & Vision Daily
Michael Bracegirdle as Malcolm has even less to do, but he did it very well indeed.
MACBETH, Chelsea Opera Group
Seen and Heard
Michael Bracegirdle sang Malcolm with assurance and feeling for the situation.
Press Service

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