Michael Lafferty


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British Baritone, Michael Lafferty, is a dynamic artist, praised for the “melting warmth” of his voice, and “demonstrable affection and involvement” of his performances. (Opera Today - Hurn Court Opera recital, Salisbury Arts Centre, Nov ‘19). Michael studied on the Opera School at Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of David Pollard, where he was generously supported by The Behrens Foundation, The Drake Calleja Trust and Countess of Munster Musical Trust. Prior to his studies at Guildhall, Michael studied at Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin under the tutelage of Thomas Quasthoff.

He has had success in numerous competitions, with highlights including First prizes at the AESS Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition 2021, the Guildhall English Song Prize 2021, and the Freda Parry Foundation Competition 2017. Other successes include finalist for the 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, third prize and audience prize at the Mozart Singing Competition 2022 and winner of the ‘Prix Andre-Bacand Prize’ for ‘Best Canadian work’ at the CMIM Competition 2022 in Montreal.

Michael’s Operatic stage debut was in 2018 as Tarquinius for Trinity Laban’s The Rape of Lucretia. Since then, Michael has performed the roles of Joseph de Rocher (Dead Man Walking, J.Heggie) for GSMD Opera, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), and Black (Black el Payaso, Sorozábal) for Grimeborn festival 2022, a role for which he and Raphaela Papadikis were nominated as finalists for the OffWestEnd Awards. Michael has also performed scenes from Pelléas et Méllisande (Pelléas), Albert Herring (Sid) and Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni).

Performance highlights include Schumann’s ‘Requiem für Mignon’ as a soloist under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner for Salzurger Festpiele 2021, Handel’s Messiah for Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, Mozart Requiem for Battersea Choral Society and Clifton International Festival, and Guglielmo (cover) for Nevill Holt Opera's 2019 production of Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte. This Summer, Michael makes his debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera in the role of Officer in Barrie Kosky’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), and will compete in the prestigious Guildhall Gold Medal final at the Barbican on 10th May.

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