The tenor Michele Angelini brought lyricism and vigor to the part of Gennaro. Perhaps more than any other principal, he seemed to have internalized the Bel Canto style to such a degree that his utterances felt natural and discursive.
The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini
The words “Rossini tenor” too often presage pinched, penetrating sounds. But Michele Angelini, as a handsome Prince Ramiro, displays a voice of silken loveliness as well as graceful agility.
Dallas Morning News, Scott Cantrell
Heralded by the Dallas Morning News as an artist who “displays a voice of silken loveliness as well as graceful agility,” Michele Angelini made his European operatic debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro as Conte di Libenskof in Il viaggio a Reims and thrills audiences on leading international stages in repertoire of Bellini, Donizetti, Gluck, Händel, Mozart, and Rossini.
Michele Angelini celebrates debuts at four leading international opera houses in the 2017-18 season: he sings Ramiro in La cenerentola at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago; Conte Almaviva in a new production by Laurent Pelly of Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées; Nicias in Thaïs at the Teatro Real; and both Narciso in Christoph Loy’s production of Il turco in Italia conducted by Antonello Allemandi and Idreno in David Alden’s production of Semiramide under the baton of Riccardo Frizza at the Bayerische Staatsoper.Read More
Last season, Michele Angelini made a Metropolitan Opera debut as Ruodi in the company’s new production of Guillaume Tell conducted by Fabio Luisi and sang Argirio in Rossini’s Tancredi for Opera Philadelphia. He also joined Antony Walker and Washington Concert Opera for their 30th Anniversary Gala where he performed arias and duets by Boieldieu, Donizetti, and Rossini, sharing the program with Angela Meade and Vivica Geneaux.
Highlights of recent seasons include the title role of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden with Sir John Eliot Gardner and the English Baroque Soloists in a new production co-directed by Hofesh Shechter and John Fulljames, reprised in concert with Maestro Gardiner and his ensembles at the famous Laeiszhalle in Hamburg and the Opéra Royal in Versailles.
Additionally, he has sung Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin, Royal Swedish Opera, and the opera companies of Bilbao, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and Seville; Il viaggio a Reims at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; L’italiana in Algeri at Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Asociación Bilbaína de Amigos de la Ópera, and the Atlanta Opera; Così fan tutte at Teatro dell’Opera di Roma; and the world premiere of Benoit Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie.
Further credits include Don Giovanni at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Royal Swedish Opera, and Savonlinna Opera Festival; La cenerentola at Fort Worth Opera and Opera Colorado; Il turco in Italia at Düsseldorf’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein; La gazza ladra at the Glimmerglass Festival; La sonnambula at Florida Grand Opera; Il sogno di Scipione with Gotham Chamber Opera; and Le Roi Malgré Lui at Bard Summerscape. Metropolitan Opera engagements have included La fille du Régiment (covering Juan Diego Flórez) and Rinaldo in Armida (covering Lawrence Brownlee) and Uberto in La donna del lago (covering Mr. Flórez and Mr. Brownlee, respectively).
Concert work has featured his Rheingau Musik Festival debut in performances of Rossini’s Stabat Mater with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducting the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra; Rodrigo in Rossini’s Otello with Opera Orchestra of New York and Moïse et Pharaon with The Collegiate Chorale both at Carnegie Hall; Gennaro in Lucrezia Borgia at Bel Canto at Caramoor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the New York Choral Society at Lincoln Center; and Handel’s Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and at Oslo’s Den Norske Opera.