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Michael Chioldi

Michael Chioldi

American baritone Michael Chioldi has quickly gained the reputation as one of the most sought-after dramatic baritones of his generation. Praised for his “warm, rich tone” (Opera News) and “deeply communicative phrasing” (The Baltimore Sun), he has received unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences around the world for his portrayals of the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss. His recent role debuts include the title roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera, and Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore; as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with Utah Opera; and as Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Austin Lyric Opera.

Chioldi’s 2016-17 season began in September with his return to Virginia Opera for his role debut as Tonio in Pagliacci. He returned to New Orleans Opera in November in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth, as well as to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco debuting the role of Iago in Otello. Chioldi then returns to the Palm Beach Opera to reprise his portrayal of the title role in Rigoletto in March. Le Nous Cultura praised his Rigoletto debut last season, saying, “The star of the night was without a doubt the baritone Michael Chioldi, whose powerful, virile and dramatic voice made of the production something absolutely essential to hear.” He finishes the season with Austin Lyric Opera in performances of Madama Butterfly in May.

Chioldi has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Signature roles include Scarpia in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theater, Ft. Worth Opera, New York City Opera, Toledo Opera, and Spain’s Opera de Oviedo; Jochanaan in Salome with Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan; the title role of Macbeth with Michigan Opera Theatre and Palm Beach Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, and New Orleans Opera; and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera and in a nationwide broadcast on the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center, which received an Emmy award in 2008.

In the 2015-16 season Chioldi made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Muscat in performances of Macbeth. Additional recent performances include the title role in Hamlet with Washington National Opera; the title role in Der Fliegende Holländer with Pforzheim Opera; Marcello in La bohéme at London’s Royal Albert Hall; Ford in Falstaff with Utah Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Ft. Worth Opera Festival; Giorgio Germont in La Traviata with Palm Beach Opera; Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Hawaii Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, and the Macau International Music Festival; and Giacomo in Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco with Chicago Opera Theater.

He made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Fléville in Andrea Chénier with Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo under the baton of James Levine, and traveled extensively in Japan with Maestro Seiji Osawa. He has also performed in Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Macau and Spain.

A frequent performer of American and English works, he premiered the role of Man in Anthony Brandt’s The Birth of Something in 2008. Additional performances include as the First Mate in Billy Budd with Washington National Opera; the title role in Nixon in China with Long Beach Opera; John Proctor in The Crucible with Toledo Opera; and John Sorel in The Consul with Arizona Opera and the Glimmerglass Festival.

Chioldi has performed with symphony orchestras around North America and Europe, including as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Santa Fe Concert Association; Brahms’ Requiem with the Städtisches Orchester Pforzheim; and in a concert performance of Debussy & Poe: Fall of the House of Usher & Devil in the Belfry with the Oviedo Philharmonia. Additional orchestral appearances include with the New York Philharmonic and The National Symphony Orchestra under Mo. Leonard Slatkin; as well as the New Jersey, New Haven, and Houston Symphony Orchestras.

Chioldi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition (Winner 1995); The MacAllister Competition; The Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition; The Miami Opera Competition; The Sullivan Foundation; and The Anna Case-Mckay Award. He received his Bachelors’ degree from West Virginia University, and his Masters’ degree from Yale University. His recordings appear on the Sony Classical, BMG, Accord and Newport Classics labels.

Mr. Chioldi makes his home in New York City.

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