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Michael Bundy - Bass-baritone
MICHAEL R. BUNDY, a music graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, has performed widely in diverse genres: He has appeared as soloist with groups such as The Sixteen, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and has a continuing relationship with the BBC Singers.
His operatic repertoire exceeds forty roles, and he has sung with English National Opera, Kent Opera, Scottish Opera, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Mauritius Opera, and the Narodni Divadlo in Prague: He appeared with Theater Basel in Actus Tragicus (a staging of some of the cantatas by J.S. Bach, with the renowned director Herbert Wernicke) - and performed with Opera Restor’d and the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin in their production of Lampe’s comic opera The Dragon of Wantley at the Potsdam Festival.
His Oratorio repertoire is catholic, whilst maintaining a flexibility of approach and vocal style; he has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio 3, including works as diverse as Bonnal's oratorio Poèmes Franciscains, the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré and Michael Hurd's Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo. Work with Trevor Pinnock has included the bass solos in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion in Europe, Istanbul and Japan, and he has also appeared as soloist with Sir John Eliot Gardiner in Berlioz' L’Enfance du Christ, Handel’s Israel in Egypt (both BBC promenade concerts), Bach’s B Minor Mass, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and the Odes and Masques of Purcell. He has broadcast the role of Gobryas in Handel’s oratorio Belshazzar with Robert King and has sung Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Guildford, Ely and Rochester cathedrals, and also the Smetana Hall (Obecní Dum) in Prague; a further performance was given in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, as was Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, also performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Elgar's oratorios - The Kingdom and The Apostles (in which he has sung all three bass roles) - have featured regularly. Other recent performances have included Verdi's Requiem at (amongst others) Eton College, Winchester Cathedral, Oxford Town Hall and the Usher Hall, the Passions of J.S. Bach in St. Alban's Abbey and the Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage, Rossini's Petite Messe... in Winchester Cathedral, Vaughan-Williams Five Mystical Songs in York Minster, and Brahms' Requiem in Kings' College, Cambridge.
Specialising in French mélodie he has issued a series of recordings with Naxos featuring the Mélodies of Widor, Vierne and Tournemire: A book - Prophets without Honour... discussing these mélodies in great detail, is also available. A further tome, Visions of Eternity... dealing with the choral and operatic works of these same composers, is due for publication in the spring of 2017!
Other commercial solo recordings include Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, Chausson’s Le Roi Arthus, Tovey’s The Bride of Dionysus, Lydia Kakabadse's The Phantom Listeners and Michael Hurd’s The Widow of Ephesus.
Having given the premières of works by (amongst others) John Hardy, Eddie McGuire, Cecilia McDowall, and also Noam Sharriff’s opera Golem 13 (in the Narodni Divadlo, Prague) demonstrates that he is as equally at home in contemporary music as he is with ‘lighter’ music, having broadcast the roles of Olin Britt (Music Man), Mr. Lindquist (A Little Night Music) and been a 'star singer' in the long-running show Friday Night is Music Night for BBC Radio 2.