Michael Petruccelli



Last Victorian Opera performance

Bunjil in Parrwang Lifts the Sky, June 2021

Parrwang Lifts the Sky Digital Access premiered on Saturday 19 June and is available on-demand until Sunday 19 December.

Last 3 major performances 

  • Count Almaviva, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, West Australian Opera, 2021
  • Remendado, Barrie Kosky’s Carmen, Oper Frankfurt, 2020
  • Aquilio, Farnace, Pinchgut Opera, 2019 


  • Bachelor of Music (Honours), The University of Melbourne 2008-2012
  • Master of Music (Opera Performance), The University of Melbourne, 2014-2015
  • Victorian Opera Developing Artist Program, 2014-2015.

Age when you started singing


Favourite opera

L’elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti  

Favourite role to perform

Count Almaviva from the Barber of Seville

A fun fact not many people know about you

Before studying music, I was massive biology nerd, studying genetics, molecular biology and neurophysiology. 

What do you like to sing in the shower? 

I don’t often sing in the shower, however, to pump myself up on a performance day I like to listen to and sing rock music of my childhood and early adulthood! Namely music by The Living End, Green Day, System of a Down, The Offspring and Billy Talent. 

Awards Media

  • Runner Up, Opera & Classical International Online Singing Competition, 2020 IFAC Handa Australia Singing Competition, ASC@Home
  • Brian Boak Bursary, Empire Theatres Foundation, 2018
  • Finalist of the 2017 Herald Sun Aria.
  • Finalist of the 2017 Lady Fairfax New York Scholarship, The Opera Foundation for young Australians.

Media Quotes

“Emerging Australian tenor Michael Petruccelli as Count Almaviva sang with a pleasing Italianate style and great bel canto technique.” Sandra Bowdler, Seesaw Magazine, The Barber of Seville, West Australian Opera, April 17, 2021.

“Top to bottom, the entire cast sang miracle after miracle of the human voice’s capabilities to impress the ear and jolt the emotions […] Tenor Michael Petruccelli is muscled and powerful in voice as Aquilio” Paul Selar, Opera Chaser, Farnace, Pinchgut Opera, December 4, 2019

“As well as singing with bright ringing style, Petruccelli shows chameleonic comic style, contrasting a fey waiter with a serious celebrant, and a drunken French cousin with a rigid Australian Colonel.”Simon Parris: Man in Chair, Two Weddings, One Bride, Opera Australia, November 8, 2019.

"Emerging tenor Michael Petruccelli provides welcome comic relief, playing the groveling, fastidious Goro as a kind of human C-3PO. As well as providing lovely vocals, Petruccelli amuses as Goro shares his folding set of female postcards and eavesdrops in a quirky manner." Simon Parris: Man in Chair, Madame Butterfly, Opera Australia, July 14, 2018

“Michael Petruccelli … delivered vocally assured, polished and comedically-rich performances, grounding the production and their cast-mates.  Special mention must be made of Mr Petruccelli’s splendid turn of pratfalls…” Alex Armstrong, Stage Whispers, The Princess and the Pea, Victorian Opera, March 25, 2017

Count Alamaviva, The Barber of Seville, West Australian Opera, 2021. Photo Credit: James Rogers.
Count Alamaviva, The Barber of Seville, West Australian Opera, 2021. Photo Credit: James Rogers.
Remendado in Barrie Kosky’s Carmen, Oper Frankfurt, 2020. Photo Credit: Barbara Aumueller
Aquilio in Farnace, Pinchgut Opera, 2019. Photo Credit: Brett Boardman
Tenor Soloist for the Aschaffenburg Champagner Musicale, 2019.
Francois in Two Weddings, One Bride, Opera Australia, 2019. Photo Credit: Jeff Busby