Argentinian bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, whom Opera News praised as, “singing with a deep-voiced authority” is a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and was previously a member of the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, and a student at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In the current season, Federico De Michelis will make a house and role debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni with Florida Grand Opera, Colline in La Bohème with Seattle Opera, and return to Houston Grand Opera for Balthazar in La favorite. Orchestral highlights include Messiah with the North Carolina Symphony.
In the 2018/19 season, Federico De Michelis returned to the Houston Grand Opera, first as Colline in La bohème, then as Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, a role he reprised for his debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He also reprised the role of Mr. Flint in Billy Budd with Central City Opera. Other appearances included a debut with the North Carolina Symphony in the Mozart Mass in C Minor.
In the 2017/18 season, Mr. De Michelis returned to Houston Grand Opera as a principal artist as Achilla in Giulio Cesare; he also made his debut with Palm Beach Opera, performing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, Mr. De Michelis made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut performing Sciarrone in Tosca under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and presented a series of concerts in Key West, Florida as part of the Florida Keys Concert Association. In the 2016/17 season, Federico De Michelis performed Dr. Dulcamara in Houston Grand Opera’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore, conducted by Jane Glover. Other performances included Brander in La damnation de Faust with Aspen Music Festival, and at Des Moines Metro Opera, Mr. Flint and Timur in Billy Budd and Turandot, respectively.
In previous seasons at Houston Grand Opera, Mr. De Michelis performed the role of Thomas Betterton in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players conducted by Patrick Summers, Angelotti in Tosca, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, the King in The Little Prince, the cover of the title role and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, and selected scenes as Tiridate in Radamisto and Figaro. He also debuted at Aspen Music Festival, performing Colline in La bohème. At the Auditorio Sony Madrid, the artist performed the roles of Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Don Pasquale and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. While at the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Mr. De Michelis performed Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Antonio in Il viaggio a Reims, El Hombre Mayor in Gandini’s contemporary opera La ciudad ausente, Johann in Werther, Narrator in Rota’s I due timidi, Plutone in Il ballo dell’ingrate, and Tempo in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.
On the concert and recital stage, Federico De Michelis has performed in a concert tour of Spain, organized by the Fundación Albéniz, a Christmas concert for the Royal Family of Spain at the Palacio Real de Madrid, as well as concerts with the Nürnberger Symphoniker in Nürnberg and Zindorf.
Born in Buenos Aires, Federico De Michelis received 3rd prize in the Eleanor McCollum Competition at the Houston Grand Opera, and was named “Outstanding Student” by Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain.