Michael has a B.F.A (Elam) and a Post Grad Dip. (Opera) from Auckland University.
Michael worked as an actor/singer touring Australasia in large scale musicals and operas until the early 2000s. His touring credits included: The Mikado, West Side Story, Chess, Me and My Girl, Secret Garden, Cinderella, Full Marx! Jekyll and Hyde, Magic Flute, Die Fledermaus, Carmen and Blood Brothers.