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Michael Papadopoulos is a British-Cypriot repetiteur and conductor, currently a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House. After reading Music as an undergraduate at Trinity College Oxford, he undertook postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music and later at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was Conducting Fellow in the opera department. He was the Emerging Artist repetiteur at Scottish Opera in 2019-20, Opera Holland Park Young Artist Repetiteur for the 2018 summer season, and is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio.
"Accompanist Michael Papadopoulos was quite outstanding, bringing plenty of subtlety to the varied repertoire"
Michael made his mainstage conducting debut at the Royal Opera House in April 2021, conducting a double bill of Weill/Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel, with members of the ROH orchestra. He has since conducted the ROH orchestra in a performance of overtures, arias, and duets for a private gala event, and also in the annual Summer Performance by the JPYAP in July 2021. He conducted a performance of Daniel Saleeb’s Occo’s Eternal Act at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of their “Opera: Passion, Power, and Politics” exhibition, as well as leading workshops on Na’ama Zisser’s Mamzer Bastard, which was premiered by the Royal Opera House in their 2017-18 season. He was also music director for a staged performance of contemporary scenes by composers and librettists in the Guildhall Opera School. He made his debut at the Tête à Tête festival in 2019 conducting Edward Lambert's new opera Apollo's Mission.
"...a performance of prayerfulness, playfulness and uninhibited, unmediated expressiveness from eight singers and the organist Michael Papadopoulos."
Anna Picard, The Times
Michael was Assistant Director of Music at St Paul's Church Knightsbridge for four years, where he ran a music programme of concerts and recitals. He conducted Bach's St John Passion, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah, as well as appearing as the soloist in Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the Thames Chamber Orchestra. He has performed on BBC Radio 3 several times as both a pianist and organist, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has performed as a continuo player with several ensembles, including Solomon’s Knot, Sinfonia Verdi, Eboracum Baroque, and the orchestra of the Royal Opera House.