michael pearce - bass-baritone

Michael Pearce

Michael’s long and varied solo career in music has taken him all over the world, including recitals and opera galas in the Philippines, and concert tours in Brazil, China and Israel.

A choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, he entered the singing profession in his early thirties after a successful teaching career and after a few years of vocal study won the first GKN English Song award in Brighton. Part of his prize was a critically acclaimed recital of English Song at the Wigmore Hall, London. Since then he has included English songs in his recital programmes whenever appropriate.

Michael is probably best known for his oratorio performances, having worked in major venues with many of the world’s top conductors. His repertoire is wide-ranging, from Baroque to Contemporary, but he is most highly praised for his performances in the Romantic and early twentieth century repertoire  – for example, Elgar (Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles), Mendelssohn (Elijah) and Britten (War Requiem).

He is an experienced opera singer, having performed more than thirty solo roles, including performances at the Royal Opera, London, Kent Opera, Scottish Opera and Oper Bergen, Norway.

Michael moved to France in 2008 with his wife Ann but spends several months in the UK performing in concerts around the country and teaching at the University of Chichester.

"Turning to Michael Pearce’s Elijah, it is difficult to speak too highly of it. A rich bass voice which also possessed the warmth of timbre to make the more compassionate side of Elijah most telling, was exactly the right type of voice for the part. Lord God of Abraham was beautifully sung, Is not His Word was furiously penetrating and, frankly, when his final exit came, the remainder of the performance inevitably had a slight feeling of anti-climax."

"It was the baritone Michael Pearce who moved me most deeply, his powerful, rich voice with its effortless technique conveying every sad nuance of Wilfred Owen's despairing words as if he would engrave them in our hearts."