Michael began his vocal training at the Australian National University, graduating with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Music Performance. During his studies, he regularly performed as a soloist in such works as Requiem (Mozart), Messiah (Handel), Vespers (Rachmaninov), Mass in C Minor (Mozart), and other choral works by Bach, Orff, Herbert Howells, Michael Tippett and Kurt Weill.
During this period Michael also performed the roles of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, Raul St Brioche in The Merry Widow, studied the roles of Papageno and Dr Falke, and performed the title role in a children’s opera – The Frog Prince.
In 2006, Michael became a principal artist for the Australian Opera Studio where he performed the roles of Peter (Hänsel und Gretel), Publio (La clemenza di Tito), Nardo (La finta giardiniera), Macheath (Threepenny Opera), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), Lescaut (Manon) and Salieri (Mozart and Salieri).
Other performances in Perth included recitals for Art Song Perth and ABC FM, as well as cabaret performances. Michael was the winner of the Fremantle Aria in 2008.
In 2009, Michael made his principal role debut for West Australian Opera in the role of Happy in La Fanciulla del West, and was also a featured recitalist for Art Song NSW.
Michael’s 2012 roles with Opera Australia include Frank (Die tote Stadt), Amonasro (Aida) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and in 2013 his roles will include di Luna (Il trovatore), Amonasro (Aida), Sciarrone (Tosca) and Marquis (La traviata). He will also cover two significant roles, Sharpless and Don Carlos (La forza del destino) for State Opera of South Australia.
Michael Honeyman's performances are proudly sponsored by Brenda and Laurence Scofield