Michael Axelsson was born in Värmdö, Sweden. His studies include the University College of Opera in Stockholm and the performance programme in singing at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, as well as Musicology at the Stockholm University.
In the summer of 2016 he performed as Conte Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia at Smålandsoperan. Earlier engagements include Tamino at Smålandsoperan and Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro at Confidencen. For two years, 2010-2012, Michael was a member of the soloist ensemble at Landesbühnen Sachsen in Dresden, singing for example Tamino in the Magic Flute, Fenton in Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, Kolomán Zsupán in Gräfin Mariza and Armand Brissard in Der Graf von Luxemburg.
The summers 2010 and 2009 Michael sang Priest and Armored man at Dalhalla Opera, also covering Tamino. Other engagements include Tamino at Norrlandsoperan and Opera på Skäret, Ecclitico in Il Mondo della Luna (Haydn) at Drottningholms Slottsteater and West Green House in England, and Dr Cajus in Falstaff (Verdi) at Kammeroper Schloß Reihnsberg in Germany.
Michael started singing at an early age and had the opportunity to perform at the Stockholm Royal Opera as a boy soprano, singing e.g. Miles in The Turn of the Screw (Britten), Erster Knabe in The Magic Flute and Erster Edelknabe in Lohengrin.
In the oratory field Michael has a wide repertoire, singing the St John and St Matthew Passions, the Christmas Oratorio and the B Minor Mass by Bach, the Messiah by Händel, Requiem and the C Minor Mass by Mozart and Saint Nicolas by Britten, with orchestras such as the Stockholm Royal Court Orchestra, the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and the Stockholm Baroque Orchestra. As a member of a male solo quartet he performs regularly at the Royal Chapel and the Royal Palace at official occasions.
In the field of chamber music Michael has performed for instance Serenade, Canticle I and II, and Songs from the Chinese by Benjamin Britten, Dichterliebe by Schumann and Die Schöne Müllerin by Schubert. The Swedish Lied is important for him and 2010 he released his first CD “Hjärtats sommar” focusing on Swedish songs. He also collaborated with contemporary composers, for example with two song cycles by the composer and pianist Daniel Stagno and premiering a Requiem by Visby Cathedral Organist Claes Holmgren.
Michael has studied with Piotr Bednarski, Mattias Danielsson, prof. Erik Saedén and Kerstin Wahlström-Olsson, and participated in Master Classes with Peter Berne, Olle Persson, Dan Marek and prof. Oren Brown. He has received scholarships from the Swedish Order of Free Masons, the Anders Sandrew Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and participated as finalist in the Gösta Winbergh Award.