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Michael Cavanagh

  • Director, Artistic/Stage


Michael Cavanagh is one of Canada's most versatile and popular opera interpreters. Born and raised in Winnipeg, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg, Germany. He served as Artistic Director of Edmonton Opera from 1998 to 2001. Highlights of the 2009-2010 season include a return to Kentucky Opera to direct Of Mice and Men, Tosca at L'Opéra de Montréal and a return to Vancouver Opera for Nixon in China.

He has directed scores of productions for every professional opera company in Canada, including Vancouver Opera (L'Italiana in Algieri, Carmen, The Rake's Progress, La Bohème, Daughter of the Regiment, Don Giovanni, and Madama Butterfly), Edmonton Opera (La Traviata, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, La Traviata, La Bohème, and The Rake's Progress), Opera Lyra Ottawa (La Fille du Regiment, Un ballo in Maschera and The Pearl Fishers), L'Opéra de Montréal (Turandot, Madame Butterfly), Manitoba Opera (Il Trovatore, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Cavalleria Rusticana, and I Pagliacci), Calgary Opera (Tosca, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, La Traviata and La Cenerentola) and Opera Hamilton (Die Zauberflöte).