Jonathan Michie’s strong baritone
created an unusually virile Papageno
— Die Zauberflöte, LA Opera; LA Times
 
 

Praised for his “vocal mastery and theatrical panache” (San Francisco Chronicle), in the 2019/20 season Jonathan Michie makes his Seattle Opera debut as Dandini in La Cenerentola, debuts with Israeli Opera as Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, and makes his Münchner Rundfunkorchester debut as Graf. Rochester in Lortzing’s Zum Großadmiral. He also returns to Oper Leipzig, where he will make role debuts as Belcore in L’elisir d’amore, Marcello in La bohème, and Olivier in Capriccio, while reprising Pagageno in a new production of Die Zauberflöte, and reprising performances of Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Zwerg Adi in Schneewittchen, and the Gamekeeper in Rusalka. Last season, he returned to Florida Grand Opera for Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, joined Chicago Opera Theater for the title role in Justine Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, and returned to Oper Leipzig for Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ping in Turandot, Schaunard in La bohème, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Le Dancaïre in Carmen, Zwerg Adi in Schneewittchen, and the Gamekeeper in Rusalka.

His numerous other roles with Oper Leipzig also include Dandini in La Cenerentola, Le conceiller de Thou in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, Valentin in Faust, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Silvio in Pagliacci, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Papegeno in Die Zauberflöte, Ping in Turandot, Der Tierbändiger in Lulu, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, der Einäugige in Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Hiram Otis in Getty’s The Canterville Ghost. He also recently returned to Los Angeles Opera for Papageno in Barrie Kosky’s whimsical production of Die Zauberflöte, and sang Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Zimmerman’s Pax Questosa in premiere collaborations with the Gewandhaus Orchester and Leipziger Ballet. Other recent performances include: Donald in Billy Budd with Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and conductor James Conlon; Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus with Finger Lakes Opera; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Mercutio in Roméo et Juliette, Ping in Turandot, and Masetto in Don Giovanni with Florida Grand Opera, where he was formerly a young artist; Prince Paul in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein and Baron Douphol in La traviata with Santa Fe Opera; Donald in Billy Budd, Noye in Noye’s Fludde, the Vicar in Albert Herring, and Fiorello in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Los Angeles Opera; Valentin in Faust at the Teatro Comunale Bolzano, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Beijing Music Festival, and Masetto in Don Giovanni at the Ravinia Festival.

 

While an apprentice artist with Santa Fe Opera, he sang his first performances of the Vicar in Albert Herring and Count Dominik in Arabella. He sang his first performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia as a member of San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program in addition to an excerpt of J. Robert Oppenheimer in Adams’ Doctor Atomic in the Grand Finale Concert. He has also performed with the Chautauqua Opera, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., the Steans Institute of Music at the Ravinia Festival, City Center Encores!, Opera Saratoga, and Ohio Light Opera.

He made his European debut singing Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Chaslin's Wuthering Heights Suite with Frédéric Chaslin conducting the Slovenian Philharmonic. Also on the concert platform, he has sung excerpts from Die Zauberflöte with conductor Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and concerts of American musical theatre and operatic favorites with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the National Chorale at David Geffen Hall. His previous concert performances include appearances with the New World Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jonathan Michie has received awards from the the International Robert Schumann Competition, the William Matheus Sullivan Foundation, the Gerda Lissner Foundation, the George London Foundation, the Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation, the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, the Palm Beach Opera Competition, the Charles A. Lynam Competition, the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust, the National Orpheus Competition, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation and the Liederkranz Foundation. He is the youngest first prize winner in the history of the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition. He holds Master and Bachelor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. As an actor, Michie has appeared in Off-Broadway and regional theater and is a member of Actors’ Equity.