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FEDERICO DE MICHELIS

Bass-baritone

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Federico De Michelis is a knock-out, perhaps the best voice on stage, as actor and manager Thomas Betterton.”

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TANGO MEETS OPERA

Both born in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Federico and Emiliano present a program of Tango and South American music. 

A concert with the melodies, rhythms and verses of the River Plate, through the perfect mix between a powerful but sensitive classically trained voice like Federico's and the exquisite playing of a master tango pianist like Emiliano.

From Gardel to Piazzolla, through Carlos Guastavino and Cole Porter, the duo travels in time and style with ease, taking you on a musical journey to enjoy and experience some of the highest artistic expressions of South America.

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ABOUT FEDERICO DE MICHELIS

Argentinian bass-bartione Federico De Michelis, praised by Opera News as a “singer with a deep-voiced authority,” continues to make an indelible impression in the classical music industry with his gorgeous timbre, artistry and stage presence. In the 2023-2024 season, Mr. De Michelis will reprise his role as Laurentino in El Milagro del Recuerdo with San Diego Opera, and will join the Houston Chamber Choir in the world premiere of The Joyful Mysteries by Daniel Knaggs. Finally, he will participate in the first workshop of a new work by composer Gabriela Lena Frank, written for him, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Highlights of the 2022-2023 season included a return to Houston Grand Opera as Laurentino in El Milagro del Recuerdo, San Antonio Opera as Frère Laurent in Roméo et Juliette, and Central City Opera as Elmiro in Otello. Other recent highlights included the role of Sacristan in Barrie Kosky’s production of Tosca at the Dutch National Opera in 2022, and a Seattle Opera debut as Colline in Puccini’s beloved classic La bohème, a role he also performed at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

In the 2019-2020 season, De Michelis made his role and house debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni at Florida Grand Opera, returned to Houston Grand Opera as Balthazar in Donizetti’s La Favorite, and, in the previous summer, made his debut at the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy, as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. Concert highlights included performing at Opera Louisiane’s opening night gala and Handel’s Messiah with the North Carolina Symphony.

During recent seasons, he returned to the Houston Grand Opera as Colline in La bohème, Achilla in Giulio Cesare, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore under the baton of Jane Glover, and Nourabad in Les pêcheurs de perles, a role he reprised in his debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. He also reprised the role of Mr. Flint in Billy Budd with Central City Opera, made his house debut at Palm Beach Opera in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, sang Brander in La damnation de Faust at the Aspen Music Festival, and Timur in Turandot at Des Moines Metro Opera.

On the concert stage, De Michelis debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra as Sciarrone in Tosca under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, sang Mozart’s Mass in C minor in his debut with the North Carolina Symphony, and presented a series of concerts in Key West, Florida, as part of the Florida Keys Concert Association. Internationally, he performed in a tour of Spain organized by the Fundación Albéniz, in a Christmas concert for the Royal Family of Spain at the Palacio Real de Madrid, and in concerts with the Nürnberger Symphoniker in Nürnberg and Zindorf, Germany.

As a member of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, De Michelis sang 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 Le nozze di Figaro, and selected scenes as Tiridate in Radamisto. He also debuted at the Aspen Music Festival, performing Colline in La bohème. At the Auditorio Sony Madrid, he sang 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, he 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 Monteverdi’s Il ballo dell’ingrate, and Tempo in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. 

Born in Buenos Aires, De Michelis received 3rd prize in the Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera, and was named “Outstanding Student” by Her Majesty Queen Sofía of Spain. Outside of singing, he is a composer and founder of “The New Song Project,” and is well versed in the works of Latin American chamber and folk music, jazz, the great American songbook, as well as the compositions of contemporary songwriters. He is based in Houston and holds a Green Card for the United States.

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JAZZ

Federico is an avid Jazz fan and is actively working on and releasing recording his first EP of jazz standards.

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TANGO PROJECT

An opera singer with the soul of a bandoneon, Federico explores genres and sounds, melodies and stories, creating spaces where entertainment, sensibility and art meet.

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“Bass Federico de Michelis’ Colline steals the show with his last act and melancholy farewell to his worn topcoat.”

Theater Jones

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Opera Actual

''Federico De Michelis consiguió ... hacer un Nourabad de impecable impostación en toda la gama''.

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''Leporello, Giovanni's majordomo and sidekick, was well drawn by bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, credibly portraying the frustrations with and love for his master, maintaining a sense for self-preservation with good comic timing, resisting an over-the-top performance which could easily come to this character.
His round bass-baritone served him well on his arias – dreaming of being free from the demands of his boss in the recognizable "Notte e giorno faticar" and with the amusing "Catalogue Aria" ("Madamina, il catalogo è questo")''

Miami Artzine

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