Michael Smallwood was born in Australia and studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Juilliard School of New York. In 2001, he joined the prestigious Opera Studio of the Hamburg Staatsoper and soon thereafter entered the troupe of that theatre. From 2013 to 2016, he was a member of the troupe of the Aalto Theater in Essen where he performed the great opera roles of Mozart (Tamino, Ottavio, Ferrando, Belmonte, Arbace), Handel (Lurcanio in Ariodante) and Richard Strauss (Brighella in Ariadne auf Naxos, Henry Morosus in Die Schweigsame Frau). His repertoire of roles also includes David (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Lyonel (Martha), Fenton (Falstaff), Flamand (Capriccio), Flute (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Andres (Wozzeck), the Artist (Lulu), and the title role in Albert Herring. Michael Smallwood has made guest appearances in Santa Fe, Glyndebourne, Amsterdam, Lyon, Dijon, Chicago, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Barcelona and Berlin (the Staatsoper and the Komische Oper) and he has also performed at numerous major festivals (Ravinia, Aspen, Melbourne Arts Festival, Ruhr Triennale, Lincoln Center Festival, and the Händel Festspiele in Halle and Karlsruhe). This season, he sang the role of Monostatos in Die Zauberflöte at the Theater an der Wien and the Berlin Staatsoper (where he also appeared in Salomé under the baton of Zubin Mehta and Parsifal with Daniel Barenboim). •
Michael Smallwood is making his Paris Opera debut.