(Head Coach of Vienna State Opera’s Young Artist Program, Austria)
Michael Kraus was born in Vienna. He first studied acting and for several years worked both as an actor and director. At the same time and to begin with as a hobby he studied singing at the Vienna Academy of Music. After finishing his vocal studies at the Academy of Munich and winning several prizes in international competitions, he set out on a professional career as an opera singer with engagements in Germany. Later he worked in Vienna as a member of the Volksoper and of the Staatsoper as well. In parallel he developed a busy guesting activity, which has led him into many international opera houses, like the Teatro alla Scala/Milan, Opéra Bastille/Paris, Covent Garden/London, Berlin, Hamburg, München, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Zürich, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Antwerpen, Barcelona, Torino, Geneva and Palermo. Moreover he has sung at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Schubertiade Feldkirch, the Bregenz and the Salzburg Festival. He sang in various productions of the Finnish National Opera.
Michael Kraus appeared in concerts and recitals in France, Spain, Sweden, Hungary, Greece, Israel, Chile, Brazil, Switzerland and Japan. His discography includes Papageno under the direction of Sir Georg Solti and various recordings of DECCA’S series „Entartete Musik”.
Since the season 2020/21 Michael Kraus is alo the artistic director of the Young Artist Program of the Vienna Staatsoper.