The Australian tenor, Michael Smallwood, commenced vocal training while completing a law degree at the University of Melbourne. After studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian National Academy of Music, and New York’s Juilliard School, he entered the prestigious Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera in 2001, later becoming a member of the ensemble. From 2013 until 2016, Michael Smallwood was a member of the ensemble at Essen’s renowned Aalto Theater, focusing on the works of Handel, Mozart, and Richard Strauss.

His broad repertoire spans from Monteverdi, Handel, Gluck and Mozart through Flotow, Wagner and Verdi to Richard Strauss, Janacek, Britten and Berg. Furthermore, he has sung numerous contemporary works.

Guest engagements led him to renownedhouses and festivals worldwide, including the Opéra National de Paris, Opéra de Lyon, Vlaamse Opera and Dutch National Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro Real de Madrid, Theater an der Wien, Komische Oper Berlin, Leipzig Opera, Santa Fe Opera, as well as the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Glyndebourne Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, Ruhrtriennale, and Handel Festivals in Halle and Karlsruhe. In addition, he is carrying a close connection to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where he already performed roles, such as, Mercure in Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie, Monostatos/Die Zauberflöte, Goro/Madama Butterfly, Spoletta/Tosca, 2nd Jew/Salome, and 1st Grail Knight/Parsifal.

In opera and concert, he has worked with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Jordan, Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, René Jacobs, Vladimir Jurowski, Ingo Metzmacher, Ulf Schirmer, Stefan Soltesz, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Michael Boder, and Tomas Netopil. Michael Smallwood is also a sought-after performer of baroque music and frequently works with specialists like William Christie, Alessandro de Marchi, Hermann Max, Michael Hofstetter, Jane Glover, Thomas Hengelbrock, Andreas Spering, and Konrad Junghaenel. 

Recent engagements include Dido and Aeneas, Salome and Hippolyte et Aricie at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin as well as Spoletta/Tosca with Daniele Callegari at the Semperoper Dresden and at the Opéra de Lyon with Daniele Rustioni on the podium. Furthermore, he sung the Knusperhexe/Hänsel und Gretel at the Nederlandse Reisopera and Tamino/Zauberflöte at the Theater Essen.

Michael Smallwood’s recording catalogue includes Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Volkov/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Glyndebourne Festival), and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Janowski/Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and Rundfunkchor Berlin/PentaTone Classics).

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  St John Passion
  St Matthew Passion
Beethoven Christus am Ölberge
  Symphony no. 9
  Missa solemnis
Bruch Arminius
Elgar The Apostles
Graun Christmas Oratorio
Handel Messiah
Haydn Four Last Words
  The Seasons
  The Creation
Herzogenburg The Passion
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Requiem
  Davide Penitente
Nono Il Canto Sospeso
Orff Carmina Burana
Schubert  Mass in E flat Major
Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music

Repertoire Opera/Musical

Berg Wozzeck Andres
  Lulu Maler
Beethoven Fidelio Jaquino
Bernstein Candide Candide
  West Side Story Tony
Bizet Carmen Ramendado
Britten Albert Herring Albert Herring
  A Midsummer Night's Dream Flute
Dove Flight Bill
Eötvös Tri Sestri Fedotik
Flotow Martha Lyonel
Glass In The Penal Colony The Visitor
Gluck Armide Renaud
The Danish Knight
  Orphée et Eurydice Orphée
Handel Acis und Galatea Acis
  Alcina Oronte
  Almira Fernando
  Rodelinde Grimoaldo
  Ariodante Lurcanio
  Oreste Pylades
Janácek Katja Kabanova Kudrjasch
  Diary of One Who Disappeared Young Man
Lehár The Merry Widow Camille
Liebermann Die Schule der Frauen Horace
Martin Le Vin Herbé Caherdin/Tenor 3
Martinu The Greek Passion Yanakos
Monteverdi L' Incoronazione di Poppea Soldat tribun lucano
  L'Orfeo Pastore I
Mozart Così fan tutte Ferrando
  Die Entführung aus dem Serail Belmonte
  Die Zauberflöte Tamino
    2. Priester
  Don Giovanni Don Ottavio
  Le nozze di Figaro Don Curzio
  Mitridate Marzio
  Idomeneo Arbace
Poulenc Dialogues of the Carmelites Chevalier de la Force
First commissioner
Prokofiev The Love for Three Oranges Trouffaldino
Puccini Gianni Schicchi Gherardo
  Tosca Spoletta
  Turandot Pang
  Madama Butterfly Goro
Schoenberg Moses and Aron Naked youth
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Alfred
Strauss, R. Capriccio 1. Diener
  Ariadne auf Naxos Brighella
  Elektra Junger Diener
  Salome Second Jew
Third Jew
  Der Rosenkavalier An Innkeeper
  Die schweigsame Frau Henry Morosus
Stravinsky The Rake's Progress Tom Rakewell
Tchaikovsky Eugene Onegin Mons Triquet
  Pique Dame Tschekalinski
Telemann Der geduldige Socrates Melito
Verdi Don Carlo Comte de Lerme
  La traviata Gaston
  Falstaff Fenton
  Macbeth Malcolm
  Rigoletto Borsa
Wagner Die Meistersinger v. Nürnberg David
  Parsifal Third Esquire
First Grail Knight
Weill Der Kuhhandel Juan
Wolf-Ferrari Aschenputtel The Prince
Zimmermann The Soldiers First young Officer


Streaming during lockdown at La Scala di Milano
In the very latest streaming productions of the Teatro alla Scala, Elliott Carlton Hines (baritone), Andrew Harris (bass) and Michael Smallwood (tenor) made their debut in Kurt Weill's
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS / MAHAGONNY-SONGSPIEL at the beginning of 2021, conducted by Riccardo Chailly and staged by Irina Brook!
Andrew Harris had already started the new year in R. Strauss Salomé under the direction of Riccardo Chailly and the direction of Damiano Michieletto.



Messiah / Kreuzkirche Dresden / 29.11.17 /
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

"verfügte über die Fähigkeit, gerade im Leisen viel Ausdruckskraft zu konzentrieren" 

Don Giovanni / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen / 10.05.16 /

"schönes Timbre" 
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