The German baritone, Michael Dahmen, studied teaching, first degree (Music and English) at the University of Dortmund, which he graduated in June 2008 with the first state exam. He received initial singing training in early 2001 with Anna Schander (Overbacher Singschule), and continued with Stefanie Rodriguez (Essen, from 2003) and Anita Firman (Hamilton College, Clinton, NY, 2004-2005). Since autumn 2006, he has studied with Professor Christoph Prégardien at the Musikhochschule Köln. He was a scholarship holder from the Richard Wagner Foundation. In May 2005 he received the Nelson Clark Dale, Jr. Prize in Music and in November 2007 he was a prize-winner at the singing competition of the Dr.-Kirschbaum-Stiftung in Cologne.
Since 2003, Michael Dahmen has sung in opera and concerts in Germany and abroad, including Italy, France, Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico. His repertoire includes Lieder and romantic ballads of Carl Loewe and Schubert to Gustav Mahler and Strauss and Baroque cantatas, traditional Mass settings and romantic oratorios. In September 2008 he made his debut as soloist in L.v. Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Orquestra Sinfonica da Bahia, Salvador (Brazil) under Emil Tabakov, in November 2008 was followed by Dr. Falke in Strauss' Die Fledermaus in San Luis Potosi, Mexico; in January 2009, Mr. Peachum in a contemporary adaptation of John Gay's The Beggar's Opera in Cologne, as well as Felix Mendelssohn's Walpurgisnacht under Marcus Creed. In April-May, he was seen as Masetto in Mozart's Don Giovanni in Remscheid and Solingen.
Michael Dahmen has performed as soloist with the Süddeutschen Kammerchor and the Barockorchester Frankfurt / Main, Neuen Philharmonie Westfalen and the Sinfonieorchester Aachen. His performances with leading musicians such as the pianist Michael Gees, gamba player Christophe Coin, and conductors Peter Neumann and Marcus Creed have been documented on radio and CD. He has performed at the International Bach Festival Schaffhausen and the Beethoven Festival Bonn.