As a principal singer with Opera Australia, Michael Honeyman has distinguished himself in the title roles of Wozzeck (Helpmann Award for Best Male Performer in an Opera), King Roger (Green Room Award for Male Lead in an Opera and Helpmann Award nomination for Best Male Performer in an Opera), and Simon Boccanegra. Other leading roles for the company include Miller (Luisa Miller), Valentin (Faust), Escamillo (Carmen), Ford (Falstaff), Di Luna (Il trovatore), Donner (Das Rheingold), Ortel (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Amfortas (Parsifal), as well as Escamillo (Carmen), Sharpless (Madama Butterfly) and Amonasro (Aida) for Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour, and Amonasro for Opera on the Beach.
Michael has also performed for West Australian Opera, the role of Valentin for State Opera South Australia, Ned Keene (Peter Grimes) for Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Brisbane Festival, Elijah and Dvořák Requiem for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the 40th birthday celebrations of the Sydney Opera House. He has given recitals for ArtSong Perth and for ABC Classic.
Michael studied vocal performance at Australia National University, graduating with first-class honours, and subsequently he trained at the Australian Opera Studio on full scholarship.