Michael Lewis (OAM)
Michael Lewis, is one of Australia’s most respected bass baritones.
In 1973 he won the Metropolitan Opera Competition and an Arts Council Scholarship and in 1976 he debuted at the Wexford Festival.
Following this he apeared at the Glyndebourne Festival and was engaged by the Welsh National Opera, the Scottish Opera, the English National Opera and Opera North.
His repertoire includes a wide range of roles from Mozart to Wagner to 20th Century works.
He has played the title role in Rigoletto in Venice as well as the famous Jonathan Miller mafia-style production in London and in Elijah Moshinsky’s Opera Australia production. He also sang Rigoletto in the Parks Concert performance in Sydney in which Joan Sutherland made her farewell appearance as Gilda.
In an earlier John Copley production of the same opera he won a Green Room Award.
Since then, Michael Lewis has sung in Tiefland by D’Albert at the Staatsoper in Berlin, Lucia di Lammermoor in Pittsburgh and Macbeth in Adelaide Australia. He has also played in the world premiere of Batavia by Australian composer Richard Mills.
He regularly appears with Opera Australia and with them has sung Nabucco, Sixtus Beckmesser in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Zurga in The Pearlfishers, Di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont in La Traviata, Jeronimus and The Major in the world premiere of Madeline Lee. He will soon add the role of Olivier in Capricio to his repertoire.
For other Australian companies he has sung Nabucco, Enrico and The Count, Rigoletto and Sharpless and the roles of Alfio and Tonio in Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci.
A regular concert performer, Michael Lewis has a CD of Lieder to his credit and was awarded the silly Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2008.
Michael Lewis is the father of Ben Lewis who is currently starring as the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom sequel "Love Never Dies"- in Australia.