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), Jonathan Michie returns to the ensemble of Oper Leipzig in the 2018-19 season, where his various roles include 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. He also returns to Florida Grand Opera for Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and joins Chicago Opera Theater for the title role in Justine Chen’s The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing. Last season he sang Dandini in La Cenerentola, Papageno in Die Zauberflöte, Ottokar in Der Freischütz, Ping in Turandot, and Le conseiller de Thou in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, in addition to singing the Gamekeeper in Rusalka and Der Tierbändiger in Lulu, both in new productions. He also joined Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and conductor James Conlon for Donald in Billy Budd, Finger Lakes Opera for Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, the Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons for excerpts from Die Zauberflöte, and the roster of the Metropolitan Opera for the same title.

His numerous other roles as a member of the Oper Leipzig ensemble include Valentin in Faust, Sam in Trouble in Tahiti, Silvio in Pagliacci, Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, 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 Ballett. Other recent performances include 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 with the Slovenian Philharmonic. Also on the concert platform, he has sung 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 is the third prize winner in the 2016 International Robert Schumann Competition. He is also a winner of the 2010 William Matheus Sullivan Foundation Awards and has received additional awards from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, George London Foundation, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, 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 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.