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Michael Papadopoulos is a British-Cypriot repetiteur and conductor, currently working at Scottish Opera as the Emerging Artist Repetiteur. After reading Music as an undergraduate at Trinity College Oxford, he undertook postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music and, more recently, at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was Conducting Fellow in the opera department. He was the Opera Holland Park Young Artist Repetiteur for 2018, and is an alumnus of the National Opera Studio.
"Accompanist Michael Papadopoulos was quite outstanding, bringing plenty of subtlety to the varied repertoire" Opera Scotland
As a conductor, he has worked largely on contemporary opera. 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 earlier 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. Most recently, he conducted Apollo's Mission, a new opera by Edward Lambert, for the 2019 Tête à Tête festival.
"...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 Solomon’s Knot, Sinfonia Verdi, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Clare Baroque, and Ebarocum Baroque.
His opera credits include Tosca (Scottish Opera), La traviata, Così fan tutte, Isabeau, Il segreto di Susanna (Opera Holland Park), Don Giovanni (British Youth Opera), Apollo's Mission (Tête à Tête), The Tale of Januarie, Radamisto, Dialogues des Carmélites (Guildhall), and Jephtha, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cambridge University Opera Society)