Michael Volle was coached as a singer by Josef Metternich and Rudolf Piernay. He has been a prizewinner in international singing competitions including the CIEM in Geneva and “Neue Stimmen” in Gütersloh. In 1990 he commenced his first standing opera engagement at the Mannheim National Theater. This was followed by similar engagements at the opera houses of Bonn, Düsseldorf/Duisburg and Cologne. Since autumn 1999 he has been a member of the ensemble of the Zurich Opera. He makes guest appearances at international opera houses and festivals, and he also performs regularly on the concert platform and in song recitals. His many and varied activities are illustrated by recordings for different radio stations and on compact disc.