Michael Druiett

Bass Baritone

Michael Druiett
REVIEWS

Mr Redburn: Billy Budd / Deutsche Oper Am Rhein

“There is excellent support from Michael Druiett as Redburn…”

Anaclase

 

Le Père: Louise / Buxton Festival Opera

“Michael Druiett sang with such gentleness and compassion that the conflict had significant weight” the way his voice hardened and coarsened as he gave way to anger and the despair in the final scene made a domestic drama into a tragedy.”

The Arts Desk

 

“Completing the principal quartet, bass-baritone Michael Druiett as Father, sang with a great deal of insight into the words…”

Bachtrack

 

“Michael Druiett and Susan Bickley are excellent as Louise’s parents…”

Manchester Evening News

 

“Michael Druiett was vocally sonorous, strong and dramatic in conveying the whole character and personality of a man that Louise has to escape if she is to develop as an individual.”

Seen and Heard International

 

Le Bailli: Werther / English Touring Opera

There's a good turn from Michael Druiett as the family's fathe r…”

Broadway World

 

“There are also excellent performances from Carolyn Dobbin as Charlotte, Lauren Zolezzi as Sophie, Michael Druiett as the Bailiff and Jeff Stewart as Johann Schmidt.”

Music OMH

 

“Michael Druiett made a warmly expansive Bailli."

Opera

 

“Michael Druiett is (Charlotte’s) amiable Pop and Lauren Zolezzi her sweet kid sister Sophie - both of them excellent.”

The Telegraph

 

Arkel: Pelléas et Mélisande / English Touring Opera

“The pick of the singing performances are in the low voices, from Michael Druiett as Arkel and Stephan Loges as Golaud. Druiett has a warm bath of a voice, full of nobility, rich in harmonic depth and perfect for portrayal of the world-weary king who understands everything but can change nothing. It’s a voice that makes you relax and trust Arkel as a fount of wisdom.”

Bachtrack

 

“Michael Druiett’s Arkel is every inch the patriarch…”

The Independent

 

“Michael Druiett is a superbly firm voiced Arkel…”

Music OMH

 

"Michael Druiett's finely sung Arkel was a sympathetic observer of the tragedy unfolding around him."

Opera

 

“Michael Druiett made a fine Arkel, making his prosier statements work poetically and seeming more active than some portrayals.”

Planet Hugill

 

“Michael Druiett is a consistently imposing Arkel…”

The Stage

 

“Excellent performances too from soprano Lauren Zolezzi as the child Yniold and Michael Druiett as the aged King of Allemonde.”

Sunday Express

 

“Michael Druiett radiates a powerful still presence as the blind old king, Arkel.”

The Telegraph

 

Lord Berkely & Lord Davenaut: Der Vampyr / Everyman Theatre, Cork

“…Michael Druiett brought clever comedy to the role of Malwina’s unsuspecting father.”

Irish Examiner

 

“Michael Druiett handled the roles of Berkly and Davenaut, Malwina’s father, with fine authority.”

Opera

 

Commendatore: Don Giovanni / Opera North

“Michael Druiett as the Commendatore has remarkable stage presence, exuding authority even as a head poking up through a trapdoor. His voice at the feast sends all the right shivers through the audience – “Don Giovanni! A cenar teco m’invitasti…”

Bachtrack

 

“…Michael Druiett made the most of the Commendatore’s appearances.”

Opera

 

“The casting of Heldenbariton Michael Druiett (Wotan in Opera North's Das Rheingold and The Wanderer in next year's Siegfried) as Il Commendatore gave a smooth and sonorous authority to the role - a welcome change for my ear from the grainy basses that I have sometimes heard.”

Opera Britannia

 

“Having been killed off right at the start of the opera the role of the Commendatore only comes into its own at the very end and Michael Druiett suitably dominated the supernatural scene of Don Giovanni’s demise.”

Seen and Heard International

 

“The singing is excellent, with Miles’ bel canto skills brought to bear on Mozart’s grumbling servant, alongside Meeta Raval’s passionate Donna Anna, Elizabeth Atherton’s flamboyant Elvira, Christopher Turner’s buttoned-up Ottavio and Michael Druiett’s Il Commendatore all providing conspicuous highlights along the way.”

The Stage

 

“Michael Druiett has the vocal depths and menacing shaven head to register as the Commendatore…”

What’s on Stage

 

Sharpless: Madama Butterfly / Opéra de Paris

“The palm for appearing natural within the Wilsonian world is the excellent Sharpless, the British baritone Michael Druiett. He moves and embodies his character within the director’s instructions with ease and sings extremely well.”

Forum Opéra

 

Bonze: Madama Butterfly / Glyndebourne On Tour

“Standouts in smaller roles include Michael Druiett’s imposing Bonze, rising threateningly from his wheelchair to denounce the apostate Butterfly..."

The Stage

 

"...there's strong support from Michael Druiett's imposing Bonze."

The Times

 

Bonze: Madama Butterfly / Welsh National Opera

“Of the smaller roles, which were all well taken, I would like to single out Michael Druiett as the Bonze (Priest). Towering over the guests in Act I, his powerful stage presence and strong bass convinced you absolutely of his moral authority and the sense of outrage at the debasement of both his religion and the community, by Cio-Cio-San’s decision to adopt the “western faith”.“

Opera Britannia

 

“Michael Druiett’s brief appearance as the Bonze was an exercise in authority, both vocally and in terms of stature.”

Seen and Heard International

 

Bonze: Madam Butterfly / Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, London

“Michael Druiett’s Bonze emerged strongly from the rest of the cast.”

Bachtrack

 

“…sung and acted with tremendous authority by Michael Druiett.”

The Guardian

 

Banquo: Macbeth / Dorset Opera Festival

“Michael Druiett was a noble Banquo; there’s a touch of good Port to his voice which gives it both warmth and depth, and his singing showed a notable savouring of the libretto.”

Bachtrack

 

“Michael Druiett gave a solidly stirring account of Banquo.”

Opera Now

 

“Michael Druiett, an exceptionally vivid presence as Banquo.”

The Spectator

 

“Thrilling performances from (ia) Michael Druiett as a noble Banquo.”

Sunday Express

 

Monterone: Rigoletto / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

“With Raymond Aceto as an imposing Sparafucile who dispenses deadly black bass tone, and sturdily sung portrayals of Maddalena from Daniela Innamorati and Monterone from Michael Druiett, there were no vocal weaknesses.”

Financial Times

 

Wotan: Das Rheingold / Opera North

“…Michael Druiett imposing as Wotan.”

Birmingham Post

 

“Michael Druiett made an authoritative Wotan…”

The Daily Telegraph

 

“Michael Druiett’s towering Wotan leads from the front, vacillating when under threat but regaining authority with Freia’s recovery.”

Opera

 

“Michael Druiett is vocally and dramatically a suave and imposing Wotan; the voice is smooth and dark, his phrasing supremely elegant with subtle shading of dynamics.”

Opera Britannia

 

“Michael Druiett, the commanding Wotan, with a remarkably Wagnerian profile, not only has a sumptuous voice, but also uses it to express both Wotan’s grandeur of aspiration, and his shocking (in this primeval scene) political intriguing, his affection for Fricka and his need no ream, with no exaggerations.”

The Spectator

 

Wotan: Das Rheingold / Opera North 2016

"Michael Druiett’s powerful Wotan is a dominant presence physically as well as vocally. "

Huddersfield Examiner

 

“Michael Druiett makes a noble Wotan.”

The Telegraph

 

“Michael Druiett, resplendent in Victorian tail-coat, brought a majestic bass-baritone to Wotan…”

Opera

 

“Druiett’s Wotan is handsomely sung.”

The Times

 

"It is Michael Druiett as Wotan, chief of the gods and resplendent in tailcoat, whose majestic, seamless bass-baritone provides the backbone to the voices..."

The York Press

 

“the majestic but flawed Wotan of Michael Druiett, perhaps the pick of the three fine singers who share this role.”

What’s On Stage

 

Der Wanderer: Siegfried / Opera North

“Druiett is marvellous, fatigue and disappointment conveyed in every heavy footstep and shoulder shrug.”

The Arts Desk

 

“Michael Druiett’s wracked Wanderer is familiar as the Wotan in Opera North’s Das Rheingold, soaked with dramatic charisma…”

Bachtrack

 

“Michael Druiett’s Wanderer was noble, imposing and with a nice line in irony.”

Birmingham Post

 

“…sings with admirable steadiness and composure.”

The Daily Telegraph

 

“Michael Druiett has matured into a majestic Wanderer of international quality.”

Financial Times

 

“Druiett’s Wanderer, authoritative and sympathetic…”

The Guardian

 

“The rest of the cast were certainly at an international level with Jo Pohlheim a black voiced Alberich and Michael Druiett a smooth talking Wanderer.”

Lark

 

“Druiett's imposing presence and decidedly heavyweight vocal quality make him the ideal Wotan. Although no longer visibly a god, Wotan is just as manipulative and scheming as before and now, in his disguise as "the Wanderer", even more enigmatic. The Wanderer's opening narration supported by gleaming brass motifs was smooth, dark and majestic. His Act l scene in which he poses the three questions to Mime tinged with menace; the Act ll confrontation with (Jo) Pohlheim's Alberich electrifying, whilst his wondrous lyrical outpouring in Act lll is matched only by exquisite playing of the utmost tenderness from the orchestra. Druiett's eyes and facial expressions, with just the hint of a sardonic smile, convey so much to the audience.”

Opera Britannia

 

“It was an authoritatively sung portrayal that conveyed the God’s increasing weariness, sadness and resignation.”

Seen and Heard International

 

“Michael Druiett, as the Wanderer, is impressive and, when he does a little more with the text, will be great. Unlike most of the singers he did throw himself into the part, acting it vividly, and reached magnificent heights in his confrontation with Erda, the remarkable contralto Ceri Williams, whom we have to hear a lot more of. The Wanderer’s confrontations, with Mime, Alberich, Erda, Siegfried, are perhaps the most stirring passages in Siegfried, Wagner’s sympathy with the old order passing outweighing his concern with what is replacing it. Or that is what it can often seem like, and with a singing actor of Druiett’s power that seemed almost inevitable.”

The Spectator

 

“Michael Druiett’s Wanderer marks another bold step into this demanding repertory. He has the physique du role and the vocal power to match…”

The Sunday Times

 

“Costumed to suit Wotan’s alter ego as a distressed 19th century capitalist, Michael Druiett is mellifluous…”

The Times

 

Bonze: Madam Butterfly / Raymond Gubbay Ltd at the Royal Albert Hall, London

“Michael Druiett’s Bonze emerged strongly from the rest of the cast.”

Bachtrack

 

“…sung and acted with tremendous authority by Michael Druiett.”

The Guardian



DISCOGRAPHY

Britten Peter Grimes (Role of Hobson)
Vivien Tierney, Susan Gorton, Jard van Nes, Anthony Dean Giffrey, John Graham-Hall, Steven Page, Christopher Maltman, Stafford Dean
Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Mark Wigglesworth
Glyndebourne GFOCD 00800

Casadesus Symphony No. 7 (Israël)
Natasha Jouhl, Alexandra Gibson, Mark Wilde
Northern Sinfonia Chorus
Northern Sinfonia / Howard Shelley
Chandos CD CHAN 10263

Floyd Susannah (Role of Elder McLean)
Cheryl Studer, Anne Howells, Della Jones, Jerry Hadley, Steven Cole, Stuart Kale, Samuel Ramey
Choeur et Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon / Kent Nagano
Virgin Classics CD VCD 5 45039 2

The Puccini Experience
Angela Gheorghiu, Nina Rautio, Johan Botha, Anthony Michaels-Moore
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Edward Downes
Conifer CD 55013

R. Strauss Salome  (Role of First Nazarene)
Susan Bullock, Sally Burgess, John Graham-Hall, Andrew Rees, John Wegner
Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras
Chandos CD CHAN 3157

Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Role of Nightwatchman)
Nancy Gustafson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Gösta Winbergh, Herbert Lippert, Sir Thomas Allen, Anthony Michaels-Moore, Sir John Tomlinson, Gwynne Howell
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden / Sir Bernard Haitink
ROH Heritage Series ROHS 008

AUDIO / VIDEO
Wagner: Das Rheingold - Abendlich strahlt der Sonne

Das Rheingold - The Journey Begins