British-Cypriot conductor and répétiteur Michael Papadopoulos joined the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the start of the 2020/21 Season.
Papadopoulos studied Music at Trinity College, Oxford, then trained at the National Opera Studio and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. During 2019–2020 he was the Emerging Artist Repetiteur at Scottish Opera, where he was répétiteur for Tosca and Il segreto di Susanna as well as being Assistant Conductor on Iris and Music Director for the Spring ‘Opera Highlights’ tour. He has worked as a répétiteur at Opera Holland Park (La traviata, Isabeau, Il segreto di Susanna), where he was Young Artist Répétiteur for the 2018 season, and for British Youth Opera (Don Giovanni), as well as working on Julian Phillips’s The Tale of Januarie at Guildhall.
Conducting projects have included Apollo’s Mission for the 2019 Tête à Tête festival, Bach’s St John Passion, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem and Handel’s Messiah with the choir and musicians of St Paul’s Knightsbridge, and Daniel Saleeb’s Occo’s Eternal Act at the V&A Museum. At Guildhall he was Assistant Conductor on Dialogues des Carmélites (for which he was also Chorus Master), Radamisto and Pulcinella, and conducted a performance of three new chamber operas by Guildhall composers and librettists.
As a continuo player he has worked with such groups as Solomon’s Knot, Eboracum Baroque and the Oxford Philharmonic. At Oxford he took joint first place in the Bate Collection Recording Competition and has since performed as a harpsichordist at the 2019 London Handel Festival. In 2018 he directed and performed Bach’s D minor Harpsichord Concerto in a performance that also included his cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and until recently was Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge in London. In March 2020, he was named a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine.