Assistant Chorus Master
Pianist Michael Curtain is currently a repetiteur at Opera Australia and is the musical director for their touring schools program. He has performed in concert with many of Australia’s leading singers, including Amelia Farrugia, Samuel Dundas, Natalie Aroyan, Anna Dowsley, Jonathan Abernethy, and Jane Edwards.
Michael is also a repetiteur for the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Children’s Choir, Sydney University Graduate Choirs, and previously the Tasmanian Chorale and St Mary’s Cathedral (Hobart) as assistant organist. His work with ensembles includes the Sydney Symphony Fellowship, Sinfonia and Sinfonietta, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, and currently the Strelitzia Ensemble.
Michael has been an official accompanist for the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod and the Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge Foundation. Michael has also worked in Music Theatre, having previously been musical director for Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury, among many others. Michael studied piano performance and accompaniment with David Miller AM, Clem Leske, and Natalia Ricci at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.