Grammy-nominated Baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore was the first British winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition (Philadelphia, 1985) and has since performed in all of the world’s major opera houses including Paris Opera, Vienna State Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Bavarian State Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and numerous others. His home theatre for over fifteen years was the Royal Opera House where his performances in leading roles totals more than 300. Opera News has praised Anthony with having "one of the most the most gorgeous voices on the stage today. ...His sound has a real presence and its honeyed opulence dominated every scene in which he appeared."
In a performing career spanning 30 years Anthony has distinguished himself as a specialist in Verdi and Puccini roles, most renowned for his portrayals of Rigoletto, Falstaff, Simon Boccanegra, Nabucco, Iago in Otello, Germont in La traviata, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, and Scarpia in Tosca. Of his Rigoletto at the ENO, The Times wrote, “As befits such a dark opera, deep voices dominate. Michaels-Moore’s Rigoletto is in a class apart because he somehow manages to be gloriously lyrical and terrifyingly baleful at the same time. He joins the notes together in beautifully sustained lines; a masterclass for young singers. Yet the power he musters is properly monstrous, and that is matched by his sinister lurches across the stage.”
Schedule highlights in recent seasons have included 2 world premiere operas, plus numerous house and role debuts. Most notably, in the Spring of 2015 Anthony made an exciting return to Teatro alla Scala, starring in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's C02 based on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Michaels-Moore earned high praise in the main role of climatologist Dr. David Adamson in a production directed by Robert Carsen. Wrote Mundoclasico, "una voz de importancia, de sólida técnica... Se mueve con gran distinción sin ser ‘frío’, y, primera vez que lo oigo cantar en su lengua materna, tiene una dicción y articulación del inglés que tiene un valor agregado incalculable." The Summer of 2015 saw Michaels-Moore in another highly-anticipated world premiere at the Santa Fe Opera: Cold Mountain by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
Anthony's most recent house debuts include Lyric Opera of Kansas City (La traviata, 2015 ), Los Angeles Opera (Billy Budd, 2014), Theatro Municipal São Paulo (Aida, 2013), Teatro dell'Opera di Roma (Curlew River, 2013), Oper Leipzig (Nabucco, 2013), Korean National Opera (Falstaff, 2013), Oper Köln (Tosca, 2012), Sugi Opera (Tosca, 2012), Veroza Japan (Madama Butterfly, 2012), Valencia's La Palau de la Musica (Les Dialogues des Carmelites, 2011), Opernhaus Zürich (Falstaff, 2011), Opéra de Montréal (Rigoletto, 2010), and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées (Falstaff, 2010).
Michaels-Moore has performed with the world's top conductors including Vladimir Jurowski, Fabio Luisi, André Previn, Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson-Thomas, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Edward Downes, Sir Mark Elder, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Leonard Slatkin, Bernard Haitink, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Andris Nelsons, Seiji Ozawa, Daniele Gatti and James Conlon, in a repertoire ranging from Haydn's Creation to Orff's Carmina Burana. He has appeared at the First Night of the BBC Proms, and has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest, London Symphony Orchestra, and Wiener Philharmoniker. Most recently Anthony sang Bruckner's Mass in F minor with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding and Mahler's Symphony No. 8 at the Edinburgh International Festival lead by Donald Runnicles.
In 1995 Anthony was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Award, the highest recognition for live classical music making in the United Kingdom. His most recent CD recording, Songs of the Sea, Songs of Travel, has been hailed by Classical Source as "A perfect gem sensitively performed..." It is available for purchase and digital download through all fine major music sources. Michaels-Moore’s discography also includes recordings for Deutsche Grammophon (Carmina Burana), Sony (La Vestale, Lucia di Lammermoor), Teldec (Fairy Queen), Conifer (The Puccini Experience), Opera Rara (Mercadante’s Orazi e Curiazi), LSO Live (Peter Grimes), Philips (Yeoman of the Guard, Aroldo), BMG (La Favorite, Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater), Decca (Falstaff), and Chandos (A Masked Ball).
In addition to a BA in Music from Newcastle Upon Tyne University and a Mmus/MA in Opera from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Anthony holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Education and has experience teaching Primary school age children in all subjects, including music. He is passionate about music education and helping to guide the next generation of great singers. For Masterclass inquiries or more information on Anthony's private studio please visit Opera Studio de Santa Fe.
Anthony is also an avid road cyclist. He currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
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His sound has a real presence,
and its honeyed opulence dominated every scene in which he appeared
Schedule highlights in Anthony Michaels-Moore's 2015/16 season included performances on London's West End as Don Carlo di Vargas in the English National Opera’s first new staging of The Force of Destiny in over 20 years, directed by Calixto Bieito. In February 2016 Mr. Michaels-Moore reprised his roles as Father Monroe and Pangle in the East Coast premiere of Cold Mountain at Opera Philadelphia. On the concert platform he appeared as a soloist with the internationally renowned Pontarddulais Male Choir in Wales.
At the start of the 2014/15 season Anthony made his company debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Giorgio Germont in La traviata. The Baritone then returned to Opera Pittsburgh as Iago in Otello. A regular at The English National Opera, Mr. Michaels-Moore next appeared as Giorgio Germont in Peter Konwitschny's acclaimed production of Verdi's La traviata. Finally, the singer topped off the 14/15 season in 2 new works: first, he made an exciting return to Teatro alla Scala, starring in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's C02, based on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Michaels-Moore created the main role of climatologist Dr. David Adamson in a production directed by Robert Carsen. Lastly, in Summer 2015, Mr. Michaels-Moore returned to The Santa Fe Opera in the highly-anticipated world premiere of Cold Mountain by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
Currently Anthony is on sabbatical in Bavaria, studying German. Future projects include his return to stages across Europe in a multi-city tour of La traviata with Nederlandse Reisopera.
Updated February 2017
Anthony is passionate about music education and is actively seeking ways to contribute to the next generation of great singers. Please visit his studio to learn more.
Anthony appears as a Guest Artist at NMSA, Santa Fe's first Blue Ribbon school, leading students of voice in a series of Masterclasses. Up next: December 1, 2016.
Future schedule announcements are forthcoming. Please check back.
Anthony makes his Company Debut in Cold Mountain at Opera Philadephia as Father Monroe, Pangle and one of Strobrod's fellow outliers. This will be the East Coast Premiere and is a co-commission and co-production by The Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia, and Minnesota Opera in collaboration with North Carolina Opera.
Performances are February 5, 7, 10, 12 & 14, 2016.
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Anthony appears in concert with the internationally renowned Pontarddulais Male Choir in Swansea, Wales. One night only: November 28, 2015.
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Anthony returns to the London Coliseum in ENO’s first new staging of The Force of Destiny in over 20 years directed by Calixto Bieito, who sets the production in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War.
Performances are November 9, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, December 2 & 4, 2015.
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Anthony appears in the highly anticipated world premiere of Cold Mountain by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The opera captures the fervor of Charles Frazier’s thrilling novel by the same title with Higdon's distinctive technical brilliance and audience appeal.
Performances are August 1, 5, 14, 17 and 22, 2015.
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Anthony returns to Milan's famed Teatro alla Scala in the World Premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's C02, based on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. The work is part of the 2015 Arts Expo and is directed by Robert Carson.
Performances are May 16, 19, 22, 24, 27 and 29, 2015.
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Anthony returns to the London Coliseum in the revival of Peter Konwitschny's production of Verdi's La Traviata.
Anthony's previous turn as Germont in this production earned him high praise: “Anthony Michaels-Moore sang the role of his life as the egotistical father, brutal and overpowering and yet still appealing to an empathetic node in audience hearts and minds..” -Norman Lebrecht, Arts Journal (February 2013)
Performances are February 9, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, March 5, *11 and 13, 2015.
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Anthony returns in the title role of Verdi's Nabucco.
Anthony has previously appeared as Nabucco at the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper and most recently at the Teatro de Regio in Parma, Italy.
Performance is January 3, 2015. Tickets and information
Antony makes his Company Debut with Pittsburgh Opera as Iago in Verdi's Otello.
Anthony has previously performed the role of Iago at Le Théâtre du Châtelet and most recently under the baton of Daniele Gatti at Opernhaus Zürich.
Performances are November 8, 11, 14 and 16, 2014. Tickets and information
Anthony makes his Company Debut with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City as Germont in La Traviata at the new Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Anthony has previously performed the role of Germont at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Met, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, Hungarian State Opera, The New National Theater in Tokyo, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera North, and most recently at The English National Opera in a new and controversial production by Peter Konwitschny.
Performances are September 27, October 1, 3 and 5, 2014. Tickets and information
In an era when great Verdi baritones
are at a premium I'd defy you to name anyone finer.
Published November 2016
Santa Fe's first Blue Ribbon school, the New Mexico School for the Arts, invites Anthony Michaels-Moore for a series of Masterclasses as part of its Guest Artist Program. The baritone will work with NM's top students of voice on healthy vocal production, classical vocal technique, diction, stylistic awareness, performance presentation, and the principles of voice science.
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Published April 2016
Recorded live during the summer of 2015 Cold Mountain marks the first opera by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Jennifer Higdon; based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award–winning novel. The opera follows W.P. Inman, a wounded Civil War soldier, through an American odyssey as he deserts the Confederate Army at great peril to reunite with his love, Ada Monroe.
This original cast recording includes Anthony Michaels-Moore in two role debuts as Father Monroe and Pangle.
Published FEBRUARY 2016
On February 9, 2016 Anthony Michaels-Moore lent his ears and years of experience as a principal singer to students of the Boyer School of Music's vocal studio at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Says the baritone, "I particularly enjoy working with young singers as they are often full of excitement and potential. They are our stars of tomorrow! And after just a bit of encouragement and back-to-basics work on technique it's a pleasure to hear each voice blossom."
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Published January 2016
"The onstage cast, featuring illustrious principals, such major artists as Anthony Michaels-Moore and the velvet-voiced Marietta Simpson in relatively modest roles, and Elizabeth Braden’s splendid chorus, were all equally impressive vocally and dramatically."
-Seen and Heard International
"Ada is a well-born city girl ruined after her father’s death (he was played with dignity by Anthony Michaels-Moore who was effective in two other roles)"
"A host of ensemble singers, many doubling parts, created memorable cameos, not least the veteran Anthony Michaels-Moore."
Published November 2015
"Anthony Michaels-Moore convincingly portrayed Carlo’s bitter, obsessive vengefulness. This was a well-judged performance: Michaels-Moore took command of the stage at the start of Act 4 when Carlo forces Alvaro to fight. Throughout he used his baritone expressively, and employed a range of colours which conveyed Carlo’s private torments."
"Anthony Michaels-Moore is Carlo, packing a punch in both voice and villainy (while bearing an uncanny resemblance to Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort)."
-The Critics Circle
"Michaels-Moore charts Carlo’s descent into vengeful madness with forensic care..."
Published October 2015
This Autumn Anthony Michaels-Moore returns to the London stage as the vengeful brother Don Carlo di Vargas in The Force of Destiny. The production is ENO’s first new staging of Verdi's work in over 20 years and is directed by Calixto Bieito, who sets the production in the 1930s, during the Spanish Civil War.
Anthony has previously performed La Forza del Destino in its original Italian language to audiences in Vienna, Berlin and Cologne. ENO's production, a co-production with the Metropolitan Opera, marks Anthony's UK debut of the role. Says Michaels-Moore, "The opera charts the disintegration of the Vargas family and by setting the production in the Spanish Civil War, Bieito has combined the elements of fascism and fundamental Catholicism in his portrayal of this family. The character of Don Carlo verges on the psychotic; with a mixture of family pride, revenge, and religious fanaticism, he sees himself as a carrying out the wishes of God by purifying a stain on his family --- by that I mean the relationship his sister has with a man who is of a different nationality, a different ethnic background and a lower social class. Don Carlo's music is angry, full of venom, and thrilling to sing."
When asked about returning to his country of birth the Baritone adds, "It's wonderful, and an especially exciting time to be back at ENO with the arrival of the energetic Music Director Mark Wigglesworth. I'm looking forward to a fantastic run of performances from November the 9th onwards."
Performances are November 9, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27; December 2 and 4, 2015. Audiences can look forward to a live relay from the London Coliseum on Wednesday, November 25th on BBC Radio 3.
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Published July 2015
The Santa Fe Opera has announced that performances of Cold Mountain will be recorded live for a future commercial release on PENTATONE, a Dutch classical music label specializing in high-end, multichannel surround-sound recordings. Cold Mountain marks the first opera by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Jennifer Higdon; based on Charles Frazier’s National Book Award–winning novel. The opera follows W.P. Inman, a wounded Civil War soldier, through an American odyssey as he deserts the Confederate Army at great peril to reunite with his love, Ada Monroe.
The recording and world premiere cast includes Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard, Emily Fons, Jay Hunter Morris, Roger Honeywell, Kevin Burdette, Deborah Nansteel, Robert Pomakov and Anthony Michaels-Moore as Father Monroe, Pangle, one of Stobrod’s fellow outliers. Leonard Foglia Directs and teams up with scenic designer Robert Brill to bring this story to the stage for the first time.
Performances are August 1, 5, 14, 17, 22 & 24, 2015.
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Published June 2015
"Baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore delivered Adamson's jumping lines and Sprechgesang with real poise. His lecture on climate change is punctuated with nine assorted scenes on varied themes that take us from The Creation in Genesis to the Kyoto Conference. A dizzying meditation on Man's destruction of its planet."
-James Imam, bachtrack.com
"Adamson bien entendu, à qui Anthony Michaels-Moore prête un diction britannique parfaite, qui fait que l’on oublie rapidement s’il parle ou s’il chante son discours."
-Yannick Boussaert, forumopera.com
Published April 2015
Milan, Italy: Anthony Michaels-Moore makes an exciting return to Teatro alla Scala, starring in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli's C02, based on Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Michaels-Moore will create the main role of Professor Adamson in a production directed by Robert Carsen.
Reflects the baritone, “It’s interesting artistically and I think it’s very relevant to where we are in the world. If one person in the audience is affected in a positive way by what we present, then we will have succeeded.”
CO2 is part of the 2015 Arts Expo; a city-wide cultural event not to be missed. Performances are May 16, 19, 22, 24, 27 and 29, 2015.
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Published March 2015
Fans and friends can now stream Anthony's new solo album Songs of the Sea, Songs of Travel for free in its entirety. The recording features famous song cycles of Stanford and Vaughan-Williams in a presentation produced by Opus Arte and Rosenblatt Recitals. The performances by Mr. Michaels-Moore and pianist Michael Pollock have been highly acclaimed by critics; Classical Source praised the disc as "a perfect gem sensitively performed..."
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Published February 2015
"There is one respect in which this revival scores over the first incarnation, and that's the Germont of Anthony Michaels-Moore. In an era when great Verdi baritones are at a premium I'd defy you to name anyone finer. In 2013 Michaels-Moore was below par for some reason, but here he is at his most radiant: warm, full-toned and with a complete palette of expressive colours. His subtle use of portamento during Germont's great aria, "Di Provenza", was the evening's high spot."
-What's On Stage
"The best singing of the night came from Anthony Michaels-Moore as Germont, his warm baritone resolute in confronting Violetta, then softening gradually through his encounter. “Di Provenza il mar” (What has turned your heart away?) was remarkable for the way the second verse was delivered in a hushed piano, shocked at the way Alfredo has finally stood up to him."
"Anthony Michaels Moore offered one of the most beautifully sung accounts of the role of Giorgio Germont that I have ever heard. Ramrod stiff of back, and clearly unable to communicate properly with his children, this was less of an ogre than a highly inhibited man. Sometimes I wished for a performance that was more rough-hewn, but listening to Michaels Moore's sense of control and intelligent understanding of Verdi's vocal line was a joy in itself. For much of his scene with Zharoff in act two, I had my eyes closed..."
Published November 2014
"Baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore was outstanding as Iago, Otello's ensign...Michaels-Moore seized control of the action in Act 2, in which Iago offers his Credo: “I believe in a cruel God, who created me in his image and whom, in hate, I name.” The baritone sang his Credo magnificently, in confident voice and with dramatic acuity."
"Anthony Michaels-Moore as Iago, Otello’s scheming and villainous ensign, sang and acted the role in fine form. The seasoned baritone presents a remarkably youthful appearance (his debut at Covent Garden, London, took place in 1987), and his voice and acting are fresh and vivid. The audience loved to hate him, and he was met at the final curtain calls by a tidal wave of applause."
-The Pittsburgh Stage
"The solid Iago of Anthony Michaels-Moore featured an attractive russet tone that somewhat lacked the edge of the opera’s devilish character. Dressed in the 16th-century equivalent of motorcycle gear, the baritone had a slimy presence that elevated the dramatic element of the production directed by Kristine McIntyre."
Published November 2014
This month Anthony Michaels-Moore brings his "suave, dangerous, and sensual" baritone to the role of Iago at Pittsburgh Opera in a production conducted by Antony Walker.
Anthony was last heard in Pittsburgh in 2002 in another one of Verdi's mature works, Un Ballo in Maschera.
Performances are November 8, 11, 14, and 16, 2014.
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published September 2014
Anthony kicks off the 2014/15 opera season at the new Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Missouri where he will appear as Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. The baritone has previously performed the role of Germont at The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, The Met, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper, Hungarian State Opera, The New National Theater in Tokyo, The Santa Fe Opera, Opera North, and most recently at The English National Opera in a new and controversial production by Peter Konwitschny.
Performances are September 27, October 1, 3 and 5, 2014.
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published July 2014
This Summer Anthony returns to The Santa Fe Opera in a double bill pairing of Mozart's The Impresario and Stravinksy's Le Rossignol. Both roles, The Impresario and The Emperor, are new for the baritone. Brenda Rae and Erin Morley co-star as the dueling divas and Michael Gieleta directs.
Performances begin on July 19 and run through August 15, 2014.
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Published May 2014
This May Anthony returns to a favorite opera house and role, performing Carlo Gérard in Giordano's verismo opera Andrea Chénier. Anthony has previously performed the role of Carlo Gérard at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and in concert at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Jose Cura and Maria Guleghina, and also with Scottish Opera in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Performances are May 3, 6 and 9, 2014.
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"Michaels-Moore joins the notes together in beautifully sustained lines: a masterclass for young singers..."
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Listening to Michaels-Moore's sense of control and intelligent understanding of Verdi's vocal line was a joy.
Songs of the Sea, Songs of Travel was released on April 2, 2013 and is available on CD and digital download.
"A perfect gem sensitively performed... Michaels-Moore assumes an appropriately darker timbre and an inwardness of expression that inveigles the listener into submitting... It’s good to have Anthony Michaels-Moore’s sovereign artistry captured in repertoire that he serves so well, for there is much here to relish and return to."
2017 GRAMMY nominee for Best Opera Recording
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