LA Opera - The Magic Flute

"As Papageno, Jonathan Michie offered an appealing dramatic impersonation that was both amusing and touching. Whether bragging, longing for a lover or merely calling for a good meal, Michie’s irrepressible bird catcher offered delightful comedy that always held the audience’s interest. Watching him made the audience understand why Emanuel Schikaneder, the librettist, wrote the role for himself."

OPERA TODAY - Maria Nockin

"Jonathan Michie's strong baritone created an unusually virile Papageno."

LOS ANGELES TIMES - Mark Swed

"Jonathan Michie, with his pliant baritone and comedic timing, carried off the Buster Keaton-style antics of Papageno with gusto."

SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL - Jane Rosenberg

"Baritone Jonathan Michie sang lustily and musically as the lovable birdcatcher Papageno."

CLASSICAL VOICE - Truman C. Wang

 

Oper Leipzig/Teatro Comunale di Bolzano - Faust

"Jonathan Michie made a dapper Valentin with a solid, slightly gritty baritone which gained in freedom during the course of the evening; he gave of his best in the scene after his return from war."

OPERA MAGAZINE - Bernd Hoppe

"E lo dimostra Valentine che muore, nella magnifica interpretazione del giovane baritono Jonathan Michie, di fronte a un campo già colmo di salme."

" And it shows as Valentine dies, in the magnificent portrayal of the young baritone Jonathan Michie, in front of a field already filled with corpses."

IL CORRIERE MUSICALE - Veronica Pederzolli

"Jonathan Michie, nel ruolo di Valentine, è baritono davvero interessante e dotato."

"Jonathan Michie, in the role of Valentin, is a truly interesting and gifted baritone."

TEATRI ONLINE - Luca Benvenuti

"Mit Jonathan Michie's (Valentin) jugendhaftem Bariton offenbart sich ein immens ausdrucksstarker, unangestrengter und voller Klangkörper."

"Jonathan Michie's (Valentin) youthful baritone reveals an immensely expressive, effortless and full-bodied sound."

OPERA POINT - Andreas Gerth

"Jonathan Michie gibt den Valentin mit großem Ausdruck und noch jugendlichem Bariton und Spiel. Berührend sein Tod und die Verfluchung seiner Schwester, aber auch seine Scheidearie im ersten Aufzug lässt aufhorchen."

" Jonathan Michie portrays Valentin with great expression and still youthful baritone and acting.  Touchingly heard are not only his death and the cursing of his sister, but also his farewell aria in the first act."

OPERNNETZ.DE - Andreas H. Hölscher

 

Florida Grand Opera - Die Zauberflöte

"Jonathan Michie triumphed as a hilarious Papageno, displaying the best voice of the evening."

OPERA NEWS - Jean-Francois Lejeune

"Much the most memorable was that of Papageno, sung and acted here by the American baritone Jonathan G. Michie, whom I’ve seen and admired in several other FGO productions... Michie was marvelous, a delightful Papageno from his first appearance who did what every good comic needs to do, and that’s seize the audience’s attention every second the spotlight is on him.  He is also a fine and distinctive singer, with a strong, clear voice that has just the right flexibility to be able to go from tomfoolery to poignancy persuasively. His Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen was lovely, and his voice in the Bei männern duet with Pamina blended attractively with hers. He also understands how not to overdo things... Michie made it work, and work well.”

PALM BEACH ARTS PAPER - Greg Stepanich

“In the role of Tamino’s bird catching sidekick, Papageno, baritone Jonathan G. Michie delivers a hilariously engaging, tour de force comedic performance, wresting laugh after laugh from director Buchman’s wry asides and loony antics, while singing authoritatively throughout.”

MIAMI SUN POST - Tony Guzman

“As Tamino’s sidekick, the not-all-that-brave, not-all-that-bright bird catcher Papageno, Jonathan G. Michie inspired genuine laughter from the audience... But there was nothing oafish about Michie’s voice, and Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja—sung as he tries to net a giant bird—came off with rustic humor and vocal refinement, with Michie’s rich, sustained baritone and easy phrasing giving a convincing portrait of the amiable bird catcher.”

THE MIAMI HERALD - David Fleshler

 

Florida Grand Opera - Roméo et Juliette

"All other roles were very well cast, with special mention earned by the brilliant Mercutio of Jonathan Michie..."

OPERA NEWS - Jean-Francois Le Jeune

"Jonathan Michie showed once again that Mercutio can easily walk away with the opera and his ovation at curtain time proved he did."

CONCERTONET.COM - Jeff Haller

"The rest of the principals bring the expected strong vocal talent but also unexpected acting skill: the most striking impression came from baritone Jonathan G. Michie as the hot-blooded Mercutio."

SUN-SENTINEL - Bill Hirschman

Oper Leipzig - Turandot

"In a quick-witted, amusing trio of ministers, it was Jonathan Michie’s Ping that stood out for his vivid acting and virile baritone."

BACHTRACK - Hugo Shirley

"Stimmlich beeindruckt besonders Jonathan Michie als Ping mit seinem herrischen und klangvollen Bariton"

"Particularly vocally impressive was Jonathan Michie as Ping with his authoritative and sonorous baritone."

KLASSIK.COM - Theo Hoflich

 

Oper Leipzig - Trouble in Tahiti

"Mit Porto und Michie sind Dinah und Sam... perfekt besetzt.  Als Sänger laden die beiden Bernsteins geschmeidigen Deklamations-Stil mit vokaler Kraft auf, Michies prachtvoller, markant metallischer Bariton und Portos üppiger, warmer, sinnlicher Sopran balancieren mit blitzsauberer Artikulation gekonnt zwischen großer Emphase und zänkischem Plauderton."

"With Porto and Michie, Dinah and Sam are perfectly cast. As singers the two treat Bernstein's supple, declamatory style with vocal strength; Michie's glorious, strikingly metallic Baritone and Porto's lush, warm, sensual Soprano balance skillfully and with flawless articulation between broad, emphatic phrases and quarrelsome conversation."

LEIPZIGER VOLKSZEITUNG - Peter Korfmacher

 

Ravinia Festival - Don Giovanni

"The peasant couple, Zerlina and Masetto, was engagingly taken by the Chicago-born Ailyn Perez and American baritone Jonathan Michie... you could well appreciate why Michie's sturdily sung, boyish-looking Masetto was loath to allow his betrothed anywhere near the libidinous don."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - John von Rhein

"Baritone Jonathan Michie made a delightful Masetto"

CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW - Dennis Polkow

"Jonathan Michie played Masetto to the hilt, getting us to the edge of our seats as we try to prevent him from succumbing to the Don and Leporello"

BERKSHIRE FINE ARTS - Susan Hall

 

Oper Leipzig - Pagliacci

"Als Silvio... er strahlt jugendliche Frische und Unbekümmertheit aus.  Passend dazu setzt er seine schöne und geschmeidig geführte Stimme ein."

"As Silvio... he radiates youthful freshness and insouciance. Matching this he guides his beautiful and supple voice."

DER NEUE MERKER - Christoph Suhre

 

LA Opera - Il barbiere di Siviglia

"The delightfully oddball Jonathan Michie managed to make the usually inconspicuous Fiorello into a major presence in the early stages of the performance"

OPERA NEWS - Simon Williams

 

The Santa Fe Opera - La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein

"First among these are bass-baritone Kevin Burdette as General Boum and baritone Jonathan Michie as Prince Paul, who combined glorious singing, resonant voices, and crystalline diction with exuberant physical interpretations... Michie seemed at all times to be made out of elastic."

GB OPERA - William V. Madison

"Jonathan Michie delivers a standout performance as Prince Paul. Michie is a silly, creepy Prince, with an expressive face and a gift for physical comedy. His voice has a mellow richness along with nice flexibility."

LOS ALAMOS MONITOR - Melissa Riedel-Espinosa

 

LA Opera - Billy Budd

"Jonathan Michie was a charismatic, vocally distinguished Donald."

BACHTRACK - Matthew Richard Martinez

"Jonathan Michie made a fine impression in the role of Donald."

OPERA WARHORSES - William Burnett

 

LA Opera - Albert Herring

"Jonathan Michie, who was an utterly foolish and feckless Vicar in Santa Fe, repeated the role with even greater accomplishment in L.A."

OPERA NEWS - Simon Williams

 

Merola Opera - Il barbiere di Siviglia

"Good singers are one thing, and the Merola Opera Program attracts plenty of them each summer. But then there are the true musical and theatrical supernovas - the kind who come onstage, open their mouths and defy you not to hang on their every note.  To judge from Thursday night's performance of Rossini's "Barber of Seville" in Herbst Theatre, Jonathan Michie is one of those.  Michie... took the title role of Figaro and turned it into a vehicle for both vocal mastery and theatrical panache. His singing was fluid, precise and full of burnished colors, and he brought a seemingly effortless charisma to everything he did."

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE - Joshua Kosman

"First and foremost was baritone Jonathan Michie whose perfectly enunciated “Batter my heart” from Adams’ Dr. Atomic seized us with its gorgeous, commanding tone and emotional directness. Michie seemed to be working hard just two weeks earlier, when his hilarious Figaro in Merola’s first cast Barbiere di Siviglia won over his audience with its physical as well as vocal flexibility. With this performance, he signaled that he is both a complete artist and a natural stage animal."

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE - Jason Victor Serinus