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Michael George (Bass-Baritone)

Born: England

Michael George, established as one of Britainís most versatile bass-baritones, was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge under Sir David Willcocks. He studied at the Royal College of Music, where he was a major prize-winner.

Michael George has appeared with all the leading UK orchestras and ensembles, has sung throughout Britain at all the major festivals and has performed extensively abroad. He has worked under Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Charles Mackerras, Kent Nagano, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Hickox, Harry Christophers, Handley, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Kurt Sanderling, David Zinman and Philip Pickett.

Michael George's recordings include Haydn's Creation (Decca), Edward Elgar's Dream of Gerontius (EMI Eminence), J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Columns Classics), George Frideric Handelís Samson (The Sixteen/Collins) Apollo and Daphne (Chandos), Monteverdi's Orfeo (Decca), G.F. Handel's Acis and Galatea (Decca), Stainerís Crucifixion (Chandos), Finzi's Let us Garlands Bring with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Vernon Handley (BMG Conifer), G.F. Handel's Messiah and J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) with The Sixteen (both for Hyperion), J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) (Collins) and L.v. Beethovenís Symphony No. 9 and Missa Solemnis (Nimbus). He has completed a project to record all the Purcell Odes, Church Anthems and Songs for Hyperion with The King's Consort. Other recordings with The King's Consort include J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) and several G.F. Handel works including Joshua, Judas Maccabaeus, Acis and Galatea, Deborah, Ottone, Alexander Balus and The Occasional Oratorio. Recent releases (2001) include Schubertís Mass in A Flat with John Eliot Gardiner (Philips Classics), Boyce Odes with the Hanover Band (ASV) and J.S. Bach's Cantatas and Masses with Kingís College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury (EMI).

Recent engagements include the St Matthew Passion (BWV 245) with Collegium Musicum 90, Felix Mendelssohnís St Paul in Vienna with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner, E. Elgarís Caractacus with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic/Edo de Waart in Amsterdam, L.v. Beethovenís Missa Solemnis with the Hallé Orchestra, Haydnís Die Jahreszeiten in Düsseldorf, and L.v. Beethovenís Ninth Symphony with Neville Marriner in Australia, a major European tour of the Messiah with The Sixteen, appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic for J.S. Bach's B Minor Mass (BWV 232) with Roger Norrington, J.S. Bach's St John Passion (BWV 232) with Gustav Leonhardt/Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Rossiniís Stabat mater with the Brabant Orchestra (also televised). Engagements last season include W.A. Mozart's C minor Mass with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, W.A. Mozart's Requiem with the Vienna Philharmonic/Neville Marriner, Petite messe solenelle with the BBC Philharmonic/Carlo Rizzi, Messiah with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and on tour with the Academy of Ancient Music, W.A. Mozart's Coronation Mass with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra/Mark Elder and for his debut with English National Opera, and the Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with The Bach Choir. Current engagements and future plans (2001) include the Creation with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in Spain and also with the BBC Philharmonic at the Bridgewater Hall and at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Mussorgskyís Songs and Dances of Death with the Brabants Orkest, J.S. Bach's B minor Mass (BWV 232) with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, a tour of the Messiah with The Sixteen in Europe and Japan, Verdiís Requiem with the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland Pfalz, J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) at the Athens Concert Hall, Waltonís Belshazzarís Feast for RTE Dublin, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with the Ulster Orchestra, the Messiah, Belshazzarís Feast and E. Elgarís The Apostles for Gloucester Three Choirs Festival and G.F. Handelís Alexanderís Feast with The Sixteen for The Covent Garden Festival.

Source: Collegium Instrumentale Brugense Website (January 2001)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Harry Christophers


BWV 34, BWV 147, BWV 232, BWV 243, BWV 245, BWV 248

Stephen Cleobury


BWV 12, BWV 140, BWV 234, BWV 237, BWV 243, BWV 244

Roy Goodman


BWV 208

Paul Hillier


BWV 225-230 [w/ Hilliard Ensemble, 1st recording]

Robert King


BWV 232

Philip Pickett


BWV 63, BWV 238, BWV 243a, BWV 248

Philip Pickett


Member of New London Consort:
C-1 (1995):
BWV 63, BWV 238, BWV 243a

Links to other Sites

Soloists Biographies (Collegium Instrumentale Brugense)
Michael George - bass (Hyperion)

Michael George - bass (Sussex Chorus)

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