Michael Chance

Countertenor Michael Chance has established a worldwide reputation as one of the foremost exponents of the male alto voice in all areas of the classical repertoire, and is in equal demand as an opera, concert and recording artist. He has performed in the Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Teatro alla Scala, and in Florence, New York, Lisbon, Oviedo, Leipzig, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and with Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and English National Opera. His roles include the title roles of Orfeo (Gluck), Giasone, Giustino, Rinaldo, Ascanio in Alba and Solomon, as well as the roles Ottone L’incoronazione di Poppea, Athamas Semele, Andronico Tamerlano, Oberon A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tolomeo Giulio Cesare and Apollo Death in Venice. He has had roles written specially for him by Sir Harrison Birtwistle (Orpheus The Second Mrs Kong) and Judith Weir (A Military Governor A Night at the Chinese Opera). His appearances in oratorio and recital have taken him to concert halls all over the world including Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Neue Gewandhaus and Berlin’s Philharmonie. He has given recitals in Frankfurt, Vienna, Amsterdam, Israel, New York and London’s Wigmore Hall. Michael received a Grammy award for Handel’s Semele for Deutsche Grammophon with John Nelson and Kathleen Battle. He has recorded frequently with John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Franz Brüggen, Ton Koopman and Nicholas McGegan. Michael was awarded the CBE in the 2009 New Years Honours List. In 2015, he was invited to create a new opera festival at The Grange in Hampshire, and since then has been Artistic Director of The Grange Festival, with its second season in 2018.