A graduate of both the Australian National University Canberra and the Australian Opera Studio Perth, Michael Honeyman began his career singing roles such as Lescaut (Manon), Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Peter (Hansel and Gretel), Raul St. Brioche (The Merry Widow), Publio (La Clemenza di Tito), Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Macheath (The Threepenny Opera), Sam (Trouble in Tahiti), and Salieri (Mozart and Salieri).
Michael’s engagements in 2020 include Valentin (Faust), Giorgio Germont (La Traviata, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour) and Duke Alfonso (Lucrezia Borgia) all for Opera Australia. On the concert platform he will be heard in Brahms Requiem with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson and Beethoven Symphony No. 9 with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Simone Young.
Since performing his first Verdi role, Amonasro (Aida), for which he subsequently received a Green Room Award nomination for Best Male in a Supporting Role (2013), Michael has now gained a reputation as a specialist in the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi and Puccini. For Opera Australia Michael’s leading roles include the title role of King Roger in Sydney and Melbourne, for which he received the Green Room Award for Male Lead in an Opera and a nomination for a Helpmann Award for Best Male Performer in an Opera, the title role in Simon Boccanegra, Miller (Luisa Miller), Escamillo (Carmen), Ford (Falstaff), Di Luna (Il Trovatore), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), and Donner (Das Rheingold). He has also performed Amfortas in a concert performance of Parsifal, Amonasro in Aida at Opera on the Beach and at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and appeared as a soloist in Opera Australia’s New Year’s Eve Gala.
In 2019 Michael made his debut in the title role of Wozzeck (Berg) for Opera Australia for which he received a Helpmann Award in the category of Best Male Performer in an Opera. He also debuted with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in the role of Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) and performed the role of Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), as well as covering Carlo Gerard (Andrea Chenier) and Valentin (Faust) all for Opera Australia.
Recent engagements with Opera Australia have included Amonasro, Escamillo, Sciarrone (Tosca) and Ortel (Die Meistersigner von Nürnberg). Michael also sang the role of Ned Keene in Peter Grimes in concert for Brisbane Festival. Other significant roles he has covered for Opera Australia include Scarpia (Tosca), Kothner (Die Meistersigner von Nürnberg), Don Carlo (La Forza del Destino), Iago (Otello), and Giorgio Germont (La Traviata). Michael has also worked with both West Australian Opera and State Opera of South Australia, Valentin (Faust) and performed in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony as part of the 40th birthday celebrations of the Sydney Opera House.
Equally at home on the concert platform, he recently performed Elijah with the Sydney Philharmonia. Concert repertoire include Mozart Requiem and Mass in C Minor, Handel Messiah, Rachmaninov Vespers, and he has performed recitals for ArtSong Perth and ABC FM radio. In 2013 Michael was presented with the Australian Opera Auditions Committee Dame Joan Sutherland Scholarship, which enabled him to travel to New York, receiving instruction from leading opera conductors, teachers and coaches, and gaining insight into one of the world’s leading opera houses, The Metropolitan Opera.