Michael Vaiasinni, also known as Michael Leonardi (his mother’s maiden name), was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1990 from Sicilian parents. He started his career as a tenor when he was merely 15 years old, making his début as one of the main characters in the musical “Les Miserables” while studying at Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).
Michael then completed his musical education by studying singing at Sydney’s AMusA and honing his craft with well-known artists such as Glenn Wynslade, Norma Fantini and Rockwell Blake. In 2008 he graduated from Sydney’s prestigious “Talent Development Project”.
Michael has won several important musical scholarships, including those from the “John Brown Foundation” (2007) and the “Fondazione Italiana dell'Opera” (2010). He performed in a number of operatic productions, including G. Bizet’s “Carmen” at the prestigious Sydney Theatre (2007), J. Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” at the State Theatre (2008), and V. Bellini’s “La Sonnambula” at the Pacific Opera (2009).
His concert activity has been equally intense. Michael sang at the presence of Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the World Youth Day held in Sydney in 2008. In 2010 he took part as a guest artist to the “Festival Internazionale Giuseppe Verdi” in Parma, Italy. That same year he performed in Modena, during a memorial concert in honor of the late Luciano Pavarotti, at the presence of the Maestro’s family.
Most recently he made an extremely successful appearance on Melbourne’s prestigious “Carols by Candlelight” concert, watched by no less than 4 million people.
Michael is a Goodwill Ambassador for Sydney’s St. Edmunds school for children with special needs, as well as for Melbourne’s Vision Australia foundation.
He is currently at work on his first studio album, with Caterina Caselli’s Sugar record label.