Recognised as a “versatile and confident performer” with a “pure, glowing tenor”, Michael Petruccelli is establishing himself as one of Australia’s emerging operatic tenors. Building on his two-year experience as a Developing Artist with Victorian Opera whilst completing a Master of Music in Opera Performance at the University of Melbourne in 2014/15, Michael was the recipient of the 2016 RJ and AF Hamer Opera Scholarship as a Melba Opera Trust scholar.
In season 2018, Michael performed the role of Goro in Stonnington City Council’s The Classics: Opera (Madama Butterfly) concert series. He participated in opera development workshops for two new works: Ned Kelly, for Lost and Found Opera in the Perth Festival and a new opera by Tim Finn, for New Zealand Opera in Auckland, New Zealand. Between July and September, he reprised the role of Goro in Opera Australia’s touring production of Madama Butterfly. Shortly after the tour concluded Michael relocated to Frankfurt, Germany to take up a position as a member of Oper Frankfurt’s 2018/19 Opernstudio where he has performed the roles of Ein Italienischer Saenger in Strauss’ Capriccio, Ein Offizier in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos and Don Basilio and Don Curzio in Mozart’s La Nozze di Figaro.
In season 2017, Michael performed the role of Der Minister in Victorian Opera's production of Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse at the Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse Theatre. For Opera Australia, he covered the role of Edrisi from Szymanowski's King Roger, a co-production between Opera Australia and the Royal Opera House, London. He also covered the two tenor roles of Marasquin and Pedro in Opera Australia’s Operetta Pastiche Two Weddings, One Bride at the Playhouse Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. Michael was fortunate to take over the role of Pedro for the last 14 performances.
In season 2016, Michael debuted with Opera Australia performing the role of Stephen Goldring in the critically acclaimed production of Sydney Opera House, The Opera (The Eighth Wonder) which was performed on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. Also, as a developing artist with Victorian Opera, he performed the roles of Arturo Ravenclaw, alongside international soprano Jessica Pratt, in Lucia di Lammermoor, Beppe in I Pagliacci in the co-production between Victorian Opera and Circus OZ, and the Herald in the children’s production of Cendrillion (Cinderella).
Michael is no stranger to the concert platform having performed as a soloist in a number of Victorian Opera gala concerts as well as for the City of Stonnington’s The Classics: Opera summer outdoor concert series. He has also performed as an oratorio soloist with various choirs and churches in Melbourne and regional Victoria. His performed repertoire includes: Händel’s Saul (Johnathan), Schubert’s Missa Brevis in G major, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D major and Coronation Mass, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, and Bach’s B Minor Mass, Magnificat and St Matthew Passion.
He is also a regular collaborator having enjoyed creating and performing the recital series Night and Day with associate artist Elyane Laussade, performing the Brahms Liebeslieder and Neue Liebeslieder waltzes with The Team of Pianists, performing Britten’s The Heart of the Matter (Canticle III) with chamber group Ensemble Goldentree and performing in concert for the Melba Opera Trust.
Michael has also had success in Australian and International competitions. In 2017 he was a finalist and prize winner in the 3rd International Ljuba Welitsch Singing Competition in Vienna. He was also a finalist in The Herald Sun Aria, the Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, and Second Prize Winner of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Aria.
This year Michael has continued as a member of Oper Frankfurt's Opernstudio program.