Florida Grand Opera - Le nozze di Figaro
“Jonathan Michie’s booming baritone was deployed with subtlety and he played the jealous and hypocritical nobleman to the hilt. At the conclusion as Mozart’s music reaches the sublime with “Contessa perdono,” the Count’s plea for forgiveness, Michie was fully up to the task.”
“Baritone Jonathan Michie is absolutely villainous as the Count, the narcissist who doesn’t understand nor care to consider others in his actions. Michie finds the balance between buffo and drama, especially in the Count’s introspective aria Vedrò, mentr’io sospiro that opens Act III.”
Oper Leipzig - Cinq-Mars
"Amongst the supporting men, Jonathan Michie as Conseiller de Thou impressed the most. Always caring and forewarning towards his best friend Henri. In Act I, he particularly charmed in his bromance, although some of their funny French shenanigans were lost in translation. Later Michie demonstrated his vulnerability in his protection over Cinq Mars, before his friend’s tragic ending."
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
LOS ANGELES TIMES - Mark Swed
SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL - Jane Rosenberg
CLASSICAL VOICE - Truman C. Wang
Oper Leipzig - La Cenerentola
"Für all diejenigen, die gerne unterhalten werden möchten, ist diese Cenerentola optimal. Vor allem dann, wenn Giulio Mastrototaro als schrulliger Don Magnifico mit Rampensaupotenzial und Jonathan Michie als grotesk aufgeblähter Diener Dandini angesagt sind."
"For all those who wish to be entertained, this 'Cenerentola' is optimal. Most particularly, if Giulio Mastrototaro as a quirky Don Magnifico with show-stopping potential and Jonathan Michie as a grotesquely inflated servant Dandini are performing."
Oper Leipzig/Teatro Comunale di Bolzano - Faust
"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."
Florida Grand Opera - Die Zauberflöte
"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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Florida Grand Opera - Roméo et Juliette
"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
Chicago Opera Theater - The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
“This one-night concert performance was the culmination of a weeklong workshop, and there’s no doubt some fine-tuning to come (the second act needs trimming), but it was a revelatory evening, worthy of the man who invented the modern computer and facilitated the Allied victory in World War II by breaking the German military’s secret code—only to be prosecuted and chemically castrated by British authorities for homosexual activity, which was then illegal and heavily policed. Baritone Jonathan Michie was outstanding as Turing, the half-dozen singers in featured roles all turned in top-notch performances, and Chen’s terrific score made inventive use of Northwestern University’s Bienen Contemporary and Early Vocal Ensemble as chorus. COT music director Lidiya Yankovskaya conducted.”
Oper Leipzig - Rusalka
American Lyric Theater - The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing
"Baritone Jonathan Michie sang the lead role and demonstrated clear mastery of its dramatic elements. Michie sang with an expressive voice that easily convinced the audience of the explosive and complicated emotions contained within the role."
Oper Leipzig - Der Freischütz
Oper Leipzig - Turandot
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."
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 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."
"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."
LA Opera - Billy Budd
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."
"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."