Michael Rosewell began his career at the Vienna State Opera where, as a member of the music staff and assistant to Claudio Abbado, he had the opportunity to work closely with many of the world’s greatest singers, including Pavarotti, Domingo, Gruberova, Freni, Carreras, Alfredo Kraus, and Cappuccilli. He went on to take up the position of Senior Staff Conductor at the Nationaltheater, Mannheim and conducted extensively throughout Germany, notably in Kassel, Heidelberg, Wiesbaden, Koblenz, Stuttgart and Baden-Baden. He returned to live in London, appearing as guest conductor at the Buxton Festival and working as freelance repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, before Sir Mark Elder offered him his conducting debut at English National Opera with world premiere performances of Stephen Oliver’s TIMON OF ATHENS. Since that time he has conducted at the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Kent Opera, English Touring Opera, the Aldeburgh Festival, and the Bath, Perth, Buxton, Heidelberg, Zagreb and Montepulciano International Music Festivals.
Michael was appointed Music Director for ETO in 2009 and not only as principal conductor, but also as a major figure in programming, planning and casting decisions, he has played a major role in shaping a company which is now generally recognized as having redefined the role of touring opera in Britain. In 2014, Michael’s performances of Tippett’s KING PRIAM at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, formed the central component of an ETO season, which secured the 2014 Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding achievement in Opera’.
In the concert hall and recording studio, Michael has directed, amongst others, the Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie, the Nationalorchester Mannheim, the Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Aurora Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Kasseler Konzertchor and has also worked extensively with leading period instrument ensembles The Old Street Band and The London Handel Orchestra with which, as Associate Conductor, he introduced many rarely performed Handel operas to the London stage. As pianist, he has toured with the Vienna Philharmonic and as harpsichodist, with such eminent specialist conductors as Niklaus Harnoncourt, Jean-Claude Malgloire and Marcello Panni. He has conducted broadcasts for Radio France Musique, RTÉ Dublin and Süddeutsche Rundfunk, and concerts at the Mayfield Festival with internationally renowned baritone, Sir Thomas Allen and clarinetist, Colin Lawson, and his recording of Lehar arias, with Grammy award winning tenor Alfie Boe and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, was recently re-released under the Decca record label.
His diverse activities range from filming BBC Maestro at the Opera in association with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden – mentoring Craig Revel Horwood of Strictly Come Dancing fame as overall winner of the competition – to conducting a live radio broadcast of Bach’s ST JOHN PASSION with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He worked with Stephen Fry on his opera A LIFE TO COME and he also conducted a Gala concert at Buckingham Palace in support of Opera Australia with soloists from the company and the ROH Jette Parker Programme. Last year he completed a critically acclaimed national tour of Puccini’s LA BOHEME for English Touring Opera and recently conducted DIE FLEDERMAUS, in a production directed by John Copley, which included special guest appearances of Dame Kiri te Kanawa and Sir Thomas Allen.