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Michael Anthony McGee

Michael Anthony McGee

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 successes on both the operatic and concert stages, in all styles from the Renaissance to Contemporary repertoire. Mr. 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 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 IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE at Santa Fe Opera, and Hermann Ortel DIE MEISTERSINGER at the Tanglewood Music Festival under the baton of Maestro James Levine.

In his two years spent as a Filene Young Artist at Wolf Trap Opera Company, Mr. McGee added the roles of Don Geronio IL TURCO IN ITALIA, Snug A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and was featured in the title role of Sondheim's SWEENY 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 THE TSAR'S BRIDE under the baton of Eve Queler. Mr McGee is proud to continue his relationship with OONY and recently recorded the role of Bustamente LA NAVARRAISE with Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca conducted by Alberto Veronese to be released by Deutsche Gramophone.

In 2011 Michael Anthony McGee made his European debut. Maestro Lorin Maazel offered him the leading role of Winston Smith in his opera 1984 at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, learning the role in five days. His success was hailed 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 CARMEN, and at Maazel's Castleton Festival in Virginia where he has been presented in the roles of Marcello LA BOHÈME and Morales CARMEN, and featured in recital at the Theater at Little Washington as a Star of the Future.

On the concert stage, Mr. McGee preformed 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, Faure's Requiem, both Mahler's Kindertotenlieder and Rückert Lieder and Orff's Carmina Burana with he recently performed with both the Seattle Symphony and the Pacific Northwest Ballet Company.

As a recitalist and art song singer, Mr. McGee has been presented at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and 92nd Street Y, The Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, NY, Trinity Concert's at One at Trinity Church, The Bruno Walter Auditorium at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts, The Philips Collection in Washington DC, Ozawa Hall at the Tanglewood Music Festival, and Nordstrom Hall in Seattle, WA. As a 2009 Stern Fellow at Songfest, Michael Anthony McGee premiered the cycle "Insomnia" by American composer Tom Cipullo. This summer, Mr. McGee returned to Songfest as the 2013 Distinguished Alumnus where he was presented in recital at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and premiered the four-hand transcription of Bernstein's Songfest prepared by John Musto.

Michael Anthony McGee was the first American ever to win First Place at the Maria Kraja International Competition for Operatic Singers held in Tirana, 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 Mr. McGee is the 2010 recipient of the George London Award from the George London Foundation for Singers. Michael Anthony McGee, a native of Dallas, Texas, holds both a Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from Manhattan School of Music.