Grammy Award winning Michael Druiett studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Royal College of Music Opera School then at the National Opera Studio. He began his studies with Eduardo Asquez, Elio Battaglia at the European Opera Centre then continued with Norman Bailey at the Royal College of Music Opera School. Michael continues his studies with Sherman Lowe with his transition into the baritone repertoire.
Michael Druiett’s career began as a company principal with English National Opera and later with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
Recent performances have included Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Xian Symphony Orchestra (China). Hobson PETER GRIMES with Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Tippet's "A Child of our Time" with the ORTVE (Spanish Radio and TV Orchestra) Madrid, along with Berlioz "L'enfance du Christ" singing both Herod and Pere de familie.Rachmaninov's "The Bells" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at London's Barbican. Elgar's "The Apostles as Peter in Gloucester Cathedral with the Philharmonia Orchestra. A return to Glyndebourne Festival for MADAME BUTTERFLY. Mahler Symphony No 8 baritone soloist at Ely Cathedral.
Canadian Opera Company as Der Pfleger/Orest ELEKTRA . Michael returned to Opera North with il Re AIDA in the recent semi staged performances. Plans include Verdi's Requiem in Winchester Cathedral.
Michael has recently made his debut in the title role in RIGOLETTO with Glyndebourne on Tour .Future plans include a return to Glyndebourne for further performances of MADAME BUTTERFLY and Die Sprecher DIE ZAUBERFLOTE.
Regular appearances at Glyndebourne Festival and Touring Opera have included Budd ALBERT HERRING, Lodovico OTELLO, Hobson PETER GRIMES, Sprecher DIE ZAUBERFLOTE and Commendatore DON GIOVANNI. Further afield Mr Redburn BILLY BUDD with Deutsche Oper am Rhein and L’Opera National de Paris. Engagements with Welsh National Opera include Ivan Khovansky KHOVANSCHINA, Jokanaan SALOME , Monterone RIGOLETTO and Amonasro AIDA. A long relationship with the Royal Opera includes Monterone RIGOLETTO for Royal Opera House Covent Garden along with the world premiere of Philp Glass THE TRIAL Inspector/Uncle Albert, repeated with Scottish Opera. Further performances for Scottish Opera include Donner DAS RHEINGOLD. For the Opera National de Paris, Sharpless MADAMA BUTTERFLY and Baron Douphol LA TRAVIATA, Misha THE BARTERED BRIDE and Angelotti TOSCA, Hobson PETER GRIMES repeated at Opéra National de Montpellier, Opera de Monte Carlo. Il Commendatore DON GIOVANNI Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Glyndebourne Festival, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Opera North, The Bonze MADAM BUTTERFLY for Glyndebourne On Tour, Welsh National Opera, Opera de Lyon and Raymond Gubbay for the Royal Albert Hall.
Michael regularly appears on the concert platform, repertoire includes Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Berlioz La Damnation de Faust and L’Enfance du Christ, Brahms German Requiem, Elgar The Apostles as Peter, The Dream of Gerontius, Faure Requiem, Handel Messiah, Mahler Symphony No. 8, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, Rachmaninov The Bells and Verdi Requiem.
On the operatic and concert stages Michael has appeared under the baton of the world’s leading conductors including Sir Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Sir Antonio Pappano, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Vladimir Jurowski, Gianandrea Noseda, Stéphane Denève, Sir Mark Elder, Richard Farnes, Lothar Koenigs, Louis Langrée, Nicolai Luisotti, Libor Pešek, Tobias Ringberg, Carlo Rizzi, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Charles Mackerras, Gennady Rozdhestvensky, Marcello Viotti, Nello Santi, James Conlon and Mark Wigglesworth.
On the concert platform Michael has appeared with some of the worlds leading orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra de Paris, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, English Northern Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic and ORTVE Madrid.
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