Michael Arivony is a young baritone from Madagascar and currently a member of the Opera Studio of the Vienna State Opera. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with honors with a Bachelor’s degree, and with a Master’s degree from the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar. During his studies he received a number of scholarships. These included scholarships such as the John Talbot Collender Prize (a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music), the Deutschlandstipedium, and the Charlotte Krupp Scholarship.
Originating from Madagascar, he discovered a passion for classical music late in his youth. And he devoted the first years of his studies in Europe to deepening his passion for the song and recital repertoire. And this did not go unrewarded: in 2020, he and his duo partner Teodora Oprisor won the first prize at the International Student Song Duo Competition in Groningen, Netherlands. In 2019, they won the third prize of the International Song Competition Das Lied in Heidelberg, Germany. And in 2017, they won the second prize at the Susana Scoerenyi Duo Competition. In addition, Michael has been nominated for the SWR Young Opera Stars 2019 and is a participant of the New Voices 2018 Create your Career program.
He has performed at the Krzyzowa Music Festival in Poland, the Orsay-Royaumont Academy, and the Victoria de Los Angeles Festival. He was also a participant in the Young Singer’s Program at the 2020 Salzburg Festival, which did not take place due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Scheduled roles at the Vienna State Opera – Dancairo („Carmen“, Bizet), Commissionare Imperiale („Madama Butterfly“, Puccini), Paris („Roméo et Juliette“, Gounod), Johann („Werther“, Massenet), Marullo („Rigoletto“, Verdi) and Bartolo („Il barbiere di Siviglia“ children’s version, Rossini).
His earlier roles include Leporello and Masetto („Don Giovanni“, Mozart), Baron Duphol („La Traviata“, Verdi) and Poliphemus („Acis and Galatea“, Händel).
In addition to singing, Michael Arivony also conducts and was principal conductor of St. Bartholomew’s Chamber Orchestra in London for two seasons, guest conductor of the Chineke! Orchestra in 2019 and assistant conductor of the Chineke! Youth Orchestra in 2018. In 2017, he founded the Michael Rakotoarivony Association to support and promote music education in his native land Madagascar.