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Michael Chance

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Born: March 7, 1955; Penn, Buckinghamshire  
Michael Chance is a leading British countertenor, in worldwide demand for male alto parts in opera, and as a recital, concert, and recording artist. He was a choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge -- an adult-voice singer at the famous Choir of King's College Cambridge, receiving a full scholarship for singing daily services in the College Chapel during the school term. His major subject at Cambridge was English, but he received thorough Read more musical and vocal training as a matter of course as a choral scholar.

After graduation, he studied voice with Rupert Bruce Lockhart. His operatic debut was in the Buxton festival, where he sang the part of Apollo in Ronald Eyre's production of Cavalli's Giasone in 1983. He was a member of Kent Opera for three seasons. In 1985, his European debut was in Lyon, as Andronico in Handel's Tamerlano (1985).

He rapidly established a strong reputation. He is one of the newer sort of countertenor, whose vocal production is well supported and natural-sounding. As the bulk of the countertenor repertory is in Baroque opera, he has sung Tolomeo in Handel's Giulio Cesare, Ottone in Handel's Agrippina and Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, and as Orpheus in both the Gluck and Monteverdi operas.

However, he is equally admired for his performances in newer operas featuring countertenors, and his roles in twentieth century opera include Oberon in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Voice of Apollo in the same composer's Death in Venice, the Military Governor in Judith Weir's A Night at the Chinese Opera, and in Harrison Birtwistle's The Second Mrs. Kong. The latter two parts were written for him, for he is active in promoting new works. Composers he has worked with include Alexander Goehr, Richard Rodney Bennett, John Tavener, Anthony Powers, Tan Dun, and Elvis Costello.

He has sung at major opera houses such as the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, La Scala of Milan, at Covent Garden in London, and in opera houses in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Lisbon, and Sydney.

Chance has made over 50 recordings, including the Grammy Award-winning release of Handel's Semele with John Nelson conducting. Other recordings include Mozart's Ascanio in Alba, Goehr's The Death of Moses, and Rolf's Carmina burana as well as the major oratorios and choral works of Handel and Bach. He appears in major festivals, such as the Glyndebourne Summer Opera, the Edinburgh Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and the Aix-en-Provence Festival. His concert appearances have taken him to major cities of Europe, the United Kingdom, North America, Japan, and Australia.

As a chamber recitalist he often works with the Baroque viol ensemble Fretwork and with Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert. He teaches at the Royal College of Music as a Visiting Professor. Read less
Cavalli: Giasone / Jacobs, Chance, Banditelli, Dubosc
Release Date: 09/09/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 921282   Number of Discs: 3
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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Et Al / Waschinski, Chance, Et Al
Release Date: 04/25/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557447   Number of Discs: 1
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Agricola: Chansons / Michael Chance, Fretwork
Release Date: 08/08/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907421   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 101.
    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas, King Arthur, Dioclesian, Etc/Pinnock
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 474672 Release Date: 09/23/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Christopher Foster,  Nancy Argenta,  Brian Bannatyne-Scott,  Ann Monoyios  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Choir,  English Concert
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  • 102.
    The Essential Tallis Scholars
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 201 Release Date: 09/09/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Cornysh,  Orlando de Lassus,  Jacobus Clemens non Papa,  Giovanni Palestrina  ... 
    Performer:  Alison Stamp,  Jane Armstrong,  Michael Chance,  Julian Walker
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 103.
    Purcell: The Fairy Queen / The Sixteen
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16005 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Gillian Fisher,  Lorna Anderson,  Ann Murray,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Symphony of Harmony and Invention,  The Sixteen
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  • 104.
    Handel: Israel In Egypt, Coronation Anthems / Gardiner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 473304 Release Date: 12/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Julian Clarkson,  Patrick Collin,  Donna Deam  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 105.
    Life And Works - Mozart / Jeremy Siepmann, Nicholas Boulton
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558061-64 Release Date: 11/19/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Muzio Clementi,  Gregorio Allegri,  Leopold Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Bloch,  Joanna Borowska,  John Dickie,  Andrea Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Mátyás Antal,  Johannes Wildner,  Barry Wordsworth,  Piergiorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Slovak Philharmonic Chorus Bratislava,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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  • 106.
    Handel: Agrippina / Gardiner, Jones, Miles, Ragin, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438009 Release Date: 11/06/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Alastair Miles,  Derek Lee Ragin,  George Mosley,  Donna Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 107.
    Zelenka: Lamentations Of Jeremiah / Ainsley, Chance, George
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55106 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  John Mark Ainsley,  Michael George
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chandos Baroque Players
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  • 108.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Bruggen, Smith, Chance, Meel, Kamp
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 426238 Release Date: 05/08/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jennifer Smith,  Nico Van der Meel,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Michael Chance
    Conductor:  Frans Brüggen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Chamber Choir,  Orchestra of the 18th Century
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  • 109.
    Vivaldi: Gloria, Etc / Cleobury, King's College Choir, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 57265 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  James Gilchrist,  Deborah Norman,  Sarah Fox  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 110.
    Early Music - Klaglied - German Sacred Concertos / Chance
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 675 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Johann Michael Bach,  Heinrich Schütz,  Christian Geist  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Boothby,  Michael Chance,  William Hunt,  Robert Woolley  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
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  • 111.
    Allegri: Miserere;  Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
    Label: Gimell   Catalog: 339 Release Date: 04/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Mundy,  Giovanni Palestrina,  Gregorio Allegri
    Performer:  Alison Stamp,  Jane Armstrong,  Michael Chance,  Julian Walker
    Conductor:  Peter Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tallis Scholars
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  • 112.
    Campion: English Ayres / Chance, North, Et Al
    Label: Linn Records   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Campion
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Nigel North,  Peter Harvey,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia,  The English Ayre
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  • 113.
    Weir: Night At The Chinese Opera / Parrott, Chance, Et Al
    Label: Nmc   Catalog: 60 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Judith Weir
    Performer:  Michael George,  Karl Daymond,  Frances Lynch,  Adey Grummet  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Armada - Music From The Courts Of England & Spain / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61821 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alfonso Ferrabosco,  Anthony Holborne,  Robert Parsons,  Diego Ortiz  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Christopher Wilson,  Richard Boothby,  Paul Nicholson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 115.
    Bach: 27th Sunday After Trinity, Etc / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463587 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Ruth Holton
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 116.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Pickett, Bott, King, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458838 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Andrew King,  Paul Agnew,  Michael Chance,  Michael George  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Pickett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Consort
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  • 117.
    Bach: Magnificat, Etc / Choir Of King's College, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56994 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stephen Cleobury,  Michael George,  Ian Bostridge,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 118.
    Bach: Ascension Cantatas / Gardiner, English Baroque, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463583 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Nancy Argenta,  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Stephen Varcoe  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 119.
    Handel: Israel In Egypt / Bostridge, Chance, Cleobury, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 452295 Release Date: 06/13/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Libby Crabtree,  Robert Ogden,  Angela East  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brandenburg Consort,  Cambridge King's College Choir
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  • 120.
    The Sypres Curten Of The Night / M Chance, C Wilson
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 538 Release Date: 05/23/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Campion,  Thomas Ford,  Anthony Holborne,  John Danyel  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson,  Michael Chance
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  • 121.
    Hasse: I Pellegrini Al Sepolcro Di Nostro Signore
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 545329 Release Date: 05/20/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
    Performer:  Rachel Elliott,  Michael Chance,  Valerie Gabail,  Peter Harvey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale
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  • 122.
    Tavener: Fall And Resurrection / Hickox, Rozario
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9800 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Tavener
    Performer:  Patricia Rozario,  Michael Chance,  Stephen Richardson
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  St. Paul's Cathedral Choir,  BBC Singers
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  • 123.
    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 106, 118b, 198 / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463581 Release Date: 04/11/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Michael Chance,  Nancy Argenta
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 124.
    Bach: Lutheran Masses Vol 2 / Argenta, Chance, Harvey, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 653 Release Date: 03/28/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Harvey,  Mark Padmore,  Nancy Argenta,  Michael Chance
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Purcell Quartet
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  • 125.
    Bach: Cantatas Bwv 6 & 66 /Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463580 Release Date: 02/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Kati Debretzeni,  Dietrich Henschel,  Michael Chance,  Mark Padmore  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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