Opera on the River 2023 Headliner
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Lowell Park, Stillwater, MN
Michael Adams (OOTR 2023)
Praised by Opera News for “brandishing a beautiful, evenly produced, nicely ripe sound,” Michael Adams sings the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with both Opera Omaha and Madison Opera in the 2022-23 season. He also returns to the role of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Opera Idaho. Next season, his engagements include his Metropolitan Opera debut as Dancaïro in Carmen as well Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Phoenix Symphony. Last season, he made two company and role debuts in his home state of Texas: Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Dallas Opera and the Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Austin Opera before joining the Metropolitan Opera roster for its production of the latter. He also returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as the Count and the Herald in a new production of Shrecker’s rarely performed Der Schatzgräber and Utah Opera for his first performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, originally scheduled during the pandemic. Next season, he joins the Metropolitan Opera to debut in a new production.
His Metropolitan Opera debut as Kuligin in Kát’a Kabanová, return to Glimmerglass Festival as well as the title role in Don Giovanni, Count in Le nozze di Figaro with Opera Omaha and Madison Opera, return to the Fort Worth Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, and first performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana were unfortunately cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The baritone recently made his debut at the Grand Teatre del Liceu as Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles. He first joined Seattle Opera as the title role in Eugene Onegin, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Belcore in filmed performances of L’elisir d’amore and made company debuts and subsequent returns at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Melisso in Alcina, and Marcello in La bohème, Masetto in Don Giovanni, and Maximilian in Candide; Utah Opera as Marcello in La bohème, Silvio in Pagliacci, and Betto in Gianni Schicchi; and Des Moines Metro Opera as Lescaut in Manon, Ping in Turandot, Donald in Billy Budd. He joined Knoxville Opera for Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, made his first appearance at the Glimmerglass Festival as Gaylord Ravenal in Showboat, and sang Edwin Cheney in Hagen’s Shining Brow with Arizona Opera.
Mr. Adams has returned to Washington National Opera as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Lieutenant Audebert in Puts’ Silent Night. He is a former Cafritz Young Artist with the company, and while there sang Melisso in Alcina, the Pilot in Portman’s The Little Prince, the title role of Don Giovanni, Prince Yamadori in Madama Butterfly, and the Motorcycle Cop and Prison Guard #1 in Dead Man Walking. He joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin for a season, singing a number of roles including Ping in Turandot, the Marquis in La traviata, and Harašta in The Cunning Little Vixen. His concert performances include a Bernstein concert under the baton of Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Bach’s Cantata No. 29 and Handel’s Te Deum, all with the Fort Worth Symphony.
Mr. Adams completed two years as a Resident Artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts, where his performances included Valentin in Faust, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Lescaut in Manon, Tomsky in Pique Dame, Schaunard in La bohème, and Taddeo in L’italiana in Algeri. He is a former Resident Artist of the Santa Fe Opera and Studio Artist at Wolf Trap Opera.
He was a 2018 grant winner from The William Matheus Sullivan Musical Foundation. Additionally, he was 2015 winner of f irst place in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, and the Mario Lanza Competition; the namesake award from the Nelson Eddy Foundation; third place in the Giulio Gari Foundation International Vocal Competition, and fifth place in the Loren L. Zachary Competition, an encouragement award winner of the Opera Index Competition. He was a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions semi-finalist in 2015.
Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas Christian University and completed further training at the Seagle Music Colony and Janiec Opera Company of the Brevard Music Center.