Appearances with Wokingham Choral Society:
Michael Bracegirdle Tenor
Winner of the Emmy Destinn Award for Young Singers 2006 and a graduate of Durham University, Michael Bracegirdle first trained as a chartered accountant and then worked as a Finance Director in industry. In September 2003, he gave up his career to further his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. At the RNCM, he sang Sandy / First Officer The Lighthouse, Ruggero La rondine and Tom Rakewell The Rake's Progress,
As a Prize Winner at the Opera Competition and Festival with Mezzo Television, Hungary, he made his New York opera début as Judge Danforth The Crucible with Dicapo Opera Theatre in September 2008, a performance he repeated at the National Theatre, Szeged, in November 2008. In February 2009, he sang Tamino The Magic Flute for English National Opera, and his engagements have further included Don José Carmen for Mid Wales Opera and Stowe Opera, Lysander A Midsummer Night's Dream for Longborough Festival Opera, Steva Jenufa, Kudryash Katya Kabanova, Tamino The Magic Flute and Cavaradossi Tosca for English Touring Opera, First Armed Man The Magic Flute and Ruiz Il trovatore for Opera Holland Park, Rodolfo La bohème and Jenik The Bartered Bride for Mid Wales Opera, Lensky Eugene Onegin for English Touring Opera and Longborough Festival Opera, Malcolm Macbeth for Chelsea Opera Group and Alfredo La traviata for Clonter Opera.
In concert, his engagements have included Beethoven Missa Solemnis at the Barbican Hall and Puccini Messa di Gloria and Rossini Stabat Mater for the Huddersfield Choral Society, as well as appearances the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. His broadcasts include Robert Ward's The Crucible for Mezzo TV and Friday Night is Music Night and In Tune for the BBC.
He appeared at the 2009 Battle Proms, and his current engagements include Lysander A Midsummer Night's Dream for English Touring Opera, Nureddin The Barber of Baghdad for Buxton Festival Opera, Boris Katya Kabanova for Scottish Opera On Tour, The Prince L'amour de trios orange s for the Opéra de Limoges, Riccardo Un ballo in maschera for the Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Esquire Parsifa l for English National Opera, Mozart Requiem at the Bury St Edmunds Festival and an Opera Gala with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.