Michael Chance

Biography

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
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  • 126.
    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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  • 127.
    Goe Nightly Cares - Dowland, Byrd: Dances & Songs / Fretwork
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 5615612 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  William Byrd,  John Dowland
    Performer:  Christopher Wilson,  Michael Chance
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fretwork
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  • 128.
    Purcell: Odes For St. Cecilia'a Day, Etc / Taverner Consort
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61582 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Tim Wilson,  John Mark Ainsley,  Emily van Evera,  Charles Daniels  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Taverner Consort,  Taverner Choir
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  • 129.
    The Art Of Counter Tenor / Michael Chance
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 463042 Release Date: 02/25/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Heinrich Schütz  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Timothy Wilson,  Anthony Robson,  Richard Campbell  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  John Eliot Gardiner,  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir  ... 
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  • 130.
    Bach: St. John Passion Arias & Choruses / Gardiner
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463002 Release Date: 02/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Nancy Argenta,  Neill Archer,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 131.
    Handel: Agrippina - Highlights / Gardiner, Jones, Miles
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 456025 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  George Mosley,  Donna Brown,  Michael Chance,  Derek Lee Ragin  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 132.
    Handel: 4 Coronation Anthems, Etc / King's College, Et Al
    Label: London/Decca Double Decker   Catalog: 455041 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  David Thomas,  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Judith Nelson  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Preston,  David Hill,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir,  Winchester Cathedral Choir  ... 
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  • 133.
    Monteverdi: L'incoronazione Di Poppea / Gardiner, Et Al
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 447088 Release Date: 06/11/1996   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Roberto Balconi,  Michael Chance,  Catherine Bott,  Francesco Ellero d'Artegna  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 134.
    Purcell: The Fairy Queen / Harnoncourt, Bonney, Et Al
    Label: Teldec Das Alte Werk   Catalog: 997684 Release Date: 11/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Laurence Dale,  Anthony Michaels-Moore,  Elisabeth von Magnus  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 135.
    Mozart: Ascanio In Alba / Grimbert, Chance, Feldman, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8660040-41 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Jill Feldman,  Lorna Windsor,  Rosa Mannion  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacques Grimbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris-Sorbonne University Chorus,  Concerto Armonico
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  • 136.
    Essential Purcell / Robert King, The King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 04/10/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  James Bowman,  Michael George,  John Mark Ainsley,  Rogers Covey-Crump  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford New College Choir,  King's Consort
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  • 137.
    Händel: Israel In Egypt, Etc / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 432110 Release Date: 04/07/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Elisabeth Priday,  Donna Deam,  Ashley Stafford,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 138.
    Purcell: Dido & Aeneas / Hogwood, Bott, Kirkby, Ainsley
    Label: L'oiseau Lyre   Catalog: 436992 Release Date: 06/07/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Emma Kirkby,  Sara Stowe,  John Mark Ainsley,  Catherine Bott  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music Chorus,  Academy of Ancient Music
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  • 139.
    Purcell: Dioclesian Suite; Handel: Concerto Grosso / Von Der Goltz, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 77295 Release Date: 05/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Nancy Argenta
    Conductor:  Gottfried Von der Goltz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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  • 140.
    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Etc /Fisher, Chance, King's Consort
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66294 Release Date: 11/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
    Performer:  Michael Chance,  Gillian Fisher
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort
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  • 141.
    Purcell: The Complete Odes And Welcome Songs / Robert King
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44031/38 Release Date: 09/01/1993   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Rogers Covey-Crump,  Charles Daniels,  Tessa Bonner,  Gillian Fisher  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Consort,  Oxford New College Choir
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  • 142.
    Handel: Semele / Nelson, Battle, Horne, Ramey, Aler, Mcnair
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435782 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle,  Michael Chance,  John Aler,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  Ambrosian Opera Chorus
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  • 143.
    Handel: Messiah / Marriner, Mcnair, Von Otter, Chance, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 434695 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Robert Lloyd,  Jerry Hadley,  Michael Chance,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 144.
    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 59530 Release Date: 09/23/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Barbara Schlick,  Peter Kooy,  Michael Chance,  Howard Crook
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra
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  • 145.
    Vivaldi: Gloria;  Bach: Magnificat / Hickox, Kirkby, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 518 Release Date: 07/29/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Tessa Bonner,  John Mark Ainsley,  Stephen Varcoe,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Collegium Musicum 90
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  • 146.
    Bach: Secular Cantatas Bwv 207a & 206 / Frieder Bernius
    Label: Sony Classical Vivarte Series   Catalog: 46492 Release Date: 07/02/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Kooy,  Christoph Prégardien,  Michael Chance,  Ruth Ziesak
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir
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  • 147.
    Bach: St Matthew Passion - Arias & Choruses / Gardiner
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 429773 Release Date: 02/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Olaf Bär,  Howard Crook,  Barbara Bonney,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 148.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 415514 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jean Knibbs,  Patrizia Kwella,  Carol Hall,  Mary Nichols  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 149.
    Bach: St John Passion / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 419324 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Gillian Ross,  Rufus Müller,  Nicholas Robertson,  Andrew Murgatroyd  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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  • 150.
    Handel: Messiah / Pinnock, Auger, Von Otter, Chance, Crook
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 423630 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  John Tomlinson,  Michael Chance  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert Choir,  English Concert
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