Michael Anthony McGeeNew York City, NY
Hailed by Opera News as “possessing a sturdy baritone and terrific swagger” with “equal portions of baritonal power and graceful subtlety,” Michael Anthony McGee is enjoying success on both the operatic and concert stages, in all styles from the Renaissance to Contemporary repertoire.
Michael Anthony McGee has sung leading roles throughout the United States, including the title roles in both Verdi’s Falstaff and Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with the Seattle Opera Young Artist Program, “Alphonse” in Donizetti’s La Favorite and the title role in Borodin’s Prince Igor with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program, the American premiere of Tan Dun’s Tea: A Mirror of Soul and “Orest” in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride at the Santa Fe Opera, and “Hermann Ortel” in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Tanglewood Music Festival under the baton of Maestro James Levine. In his two years spent as a Filene Young Artist at the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Mr. McGee added the roles of “Don Geronio” in Rossini’s Il Turco in Italia, Snug from Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream and was featured in the title role of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with the National Symphony Orchestra in the 7000-seat Filene Center.
In 2008 Mr. McGee made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Opera Orchestra of New York as “The Tsar’s Valet” in Rimsky-Korsokov’s The Tsars Bride under the baton of Eve Queler. Mr. McGee is proud to continue his relationship with OONY and recently recorded the role of “Bustamente” in Massenet’s La Navarraise with Roberto Alagna and Elīna Garanca conducted by Alberto Veronese to be released by Deutsche Gramophone.
Recently, Mr. McGee performed the role of “Jesus” in Bach’s St. John Passion with members of the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra as a charity benefit for Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. Mr. McGee’s oratorio repertoire additionally includes the roles of the Bass Soloist in Bach’s Magnificat, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the roles of Raphael and Adam in Haydn’s Creation, Brahm’s Ein deutsches Requiem, both Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder and Orff’s Carmina Burana which he recently performed with both the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company.
In February of 2011, Maestro Lorin Maazel contact Mr. McGee to perform the leading role of Winston Smith in his opera 1984 at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain with only five days notice. His success in the role, his European debut, was hailed by critics internationally: "Young American baritone Michael Anthony McGee, doing his first Winston Smith, showed a fine, well-trained voice and promising acting skills." Mr. McGee is pleased to continue his working relationship with Maestro Maazel both in theaters around the world, most recently at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as “Morales” in Bizet’s Carmen, and at his Castleton Festival where he has been presented in the roles of “Marcello” in Puccini’s La Bohème, as “Morales,” and featured in recital at The Theater at Little Washington as a “Star of the Future.”
In 2008 he was the first American to ever win First Place at the Maria Kraja International Competition for Operatic Singers held in Tiranna, Albania. Additional awards include 2nd Place 2008 Opera Index Competition, Winner 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award, 2nd place 2009 Liederkranz Foundation Competition, 1st place 2009 Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, 1st place 2009 Mario Lanza Institute International Competition and Michael Anthony McGee is the 2010 recipient of the George London Award from the George London Foundation for Singers.