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Michael Black

ChorusMaster Chorus Master

Michael Black

Bio

Michael Black

Previously at Lyric Opera: Chorus master since 2013-14; interim chorus master, 2011-12.

Immediately following Lyric’s 2014-15 season important engagements for the company’s chorus master included preparing the choruses for The Marriage of Figaro (Western Australian Opera), Britten’s War Requiem (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis conducting), and Haydn’s Harmoniemesse (Grant Park Festival debut). Chorus master from to 2001 to 2013 at Opera Australia, Black prepared the OA chorus for more than 90 operas and many concert works. At OA he progressed from rehearsal pianist to assistant chorus master and children’s chorus master, before his appointment as chorus master. He has served in that capacity for such distinguished organizations as the Edinburgh Festival, Holland Park Opera (London), and, in Australia, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (including Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, led by Vladimir Ashkenazy), and Philharmonia Choir, Motet Choir, and Cantillation chamber choir. As one of Australia’s most prominent vocal accompanists, Black regularly performed for recitals, broadcasts, and recordings (he was heard numerous times in Australian Broadcast Corporation programs). He has been a lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, of which he is an alumnus. Black also holds a master’s degree in musicology from the University of New South Wales.
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