Zenith is Michael Lampard, baritone and Rhodri Clarke, piano
Michael Lampard is emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting young operatic baritones. He has performed in opera, oratorio, recital and musical theatre in Australia, Europe, UK, USA and Asia. He has a Masters degree from UTas, an A.T.C.L. from Trinity Guildhall in London and an LMus from the AMEB. Michael is also an experienced composer and conductor. His teachers have included Suzanne Ortuso, and eminent British baritones Konrad Jarnot and Stephen Varcoe. Competition success includes twice being an award-winning finalist in the Australian Singing Competition, being a Quarter Finalist in Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Paris 2007, winning the DJ Motors Operatic Aria and reaching final rounds in competitions such as the Herald Sun Aria, the German Australia Opera Grant, and the Victorian National Liederfest.
He has worked with many leading companies including the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Rome Opera Festival, Orchestre Pasdeloup, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, More Than Opera, Melbourne Opera, IHOS Opera and most of Tasmania’s orchestras, choirs and theatre companies. Of the almost 50 operas and oratorios in his repertoire, highlights include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La Boheme, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Requiem. His recital repertoire covers most of the standard works for the baritone voice including Schubert’s Winterreise and Die Schone Mullerin, Mahler’s Kinderotenlieder, Shostakovich’s Michelangelo Suite and many world or Australian premieres including Matthew Dewey’s Il Tempo Passa and Lori Laitman’s The Seed of Dream. Michael has recently returned from the UK where he presented a recital at Gloucester cathedral for the Ivor Gurney Society. In August 2012, Michael and Rhodri Clarke presented a performance of Schubert’s Winterreise for the Lieder Society of Victoria. Michael has recorded a CD of the songs of Tasmanian composer Matthew Dewey and in September 2012 will record and premiere a new song cycle by Douglas Knehans in Cincinnati, USA. For more information visit www.michaellampard.com
The Welsh UK pianist Rhodri Clarke performs internationally as a vocal accompanist, instrumental accompanist and chamber musician. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music London where he studied piano with Andrew Ball and piano accompaniment and chamber music with Nigel Clayton and Roger Vignoles. Rhodri has performed extensively in Europe, USA, South America and Asia. He has been fortunate to perform with artists of high international standing, including bass-baritone Bryn Terfel at a massed choral concert at Carnegie Hall and tenor Rolando with whom he recently released the Deutsche Grammophon CD “Mexico”, focussing on new arrangements of Mexican folk songs. In Dec 2010 he toured Mexico and Europe as chamber musician and accompanist with Villazon and the Latin-American chamber ensemble Bolivar Soloists, including most notably a performance at the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City. He has performed in many of the major European concert halls, including the Vienna Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonie, Paris Theatre des Champs-Elysees, London Royal Festival Hall Rhodri has collaborated with Berlin Philharmonic double-bass player Edicson Ruiz for successful performances at the Lucerne International Festival, Musica Atlantico Portugal, several recitals at the Berlin Philharmonie and a recital tour of Venezuela in 2010.Their repertoire consisted of new music written specially for the duo and more tradition concerto and sonata solo repertoire.
Since arriving in Melbourne last year, Rhodri has been in great demand as an accompanist and repetiteur and has performed with Opera Studio Melbourne, the Australian Boys Choir, Exaudi Youth Choir and the Melbourne Welsh Male Choir as guest accompanist. As an official accompanist he has been engaged by the Australian Double Reed Convention, where he performed with the oboist Celia Craig and in July of this year he will be the representative official accompanist for the states of Victoria, WA and ACT at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition in Queensland. Rhodri recently was a double prize winner at Victoria’s National Liederfest, at which he was awarded both Best Accompanist and Best Collaboration with the soprano Ashlyn Tymms for their performances of Korngold, Strauss and Grieg.