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Michael George

ďBut the best interpretation of the night was Michael Georgeís, portraying a larger-than-life Polyphemus.† Before committing the irreparable act [of killing Acis], Polyphemus appeared as an almost touching character, more awkward than truly evil.† Like the rest of the cast Michael George succeeded marvellously in using the simplest gestures to give life to his character.Ē

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Michael George, established as one of Britainís most versatile bass-baritones, was a chorister at Kingís College, Cambridge under Sir David Willcocks. He studied at the Royal College of Music, where he was a major prize-winner. He has appeared with all the leading UK orchestras and ensembles, has sung throughout Britain at all the major festivals and venues and has performed extensively abroad.

Michael has worked widely as a recording artist, and releases include The Dream of Gerontius, Messiah, Bachís St. Matthew Passion and St. John Passion, Schubertís Mass in A Flat with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Boyce Odes with the Hanover band, Bach Cantatas and Masses with Kingís College Cambridge and Stephen Cleobury, numerous recordings with Harry Christophers and The Sixteen,†the complete†Purcell series with Robert King and The Kingís Consort and much music with Philip Pickett and the New London Consort, including Monteverdiís Orfeo.

Performances have included Bachís St Matthew Passion with David Hill and the Bach Choir, Purcellís Fairy Queen in†The Netherlands, Cherubini Requiem with Muti, Elgarís Apostles and†many other works at the Three Choirs Festivals, Beethovenís Missa Solemnis with the Halle and Mark Elder, Beethovenís Ninth Symphony with Sir Neville Marriner in Brisbane and major tours of Handelís Messiah with Christophers and The Sixteen in Europe and Japan. He has sung Mozartís Requiem Mass with the Vienna Philharmonic and also with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Bachís St John Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the LPO.

Recent engagements and future plans include LíEnfance du Christ in Denmark, Handelís Saul in Holland, a tour of the St. John Passion with the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Commendatore in Don Giovanni in Moscow, Riccardo Primo in Basel, Semele and Fidelio for Scottish Opera, further performances of Orfeo all over Europe for Philip Pickett, Messiah in Aarhus, Paris and with the RLPO, Haydnís Seasons with St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mozartís Requiem with the Bach Choir and concerts in Montreal. Bachís St. John Passion in Milan and Haydnís Creation in Israel. He sang Aeneas in a new Jonathan Miller production of Purcellís Dido and Aeneas in several European countries in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 he performed Acis and Galatea in many European cities with Philip Pickett. He also performed in a new production of Purcellís Fairy Queen in several European countries in 2011, again with Philip Pickett and The New London Consort.

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