Federico De Michelis

Bass-Baritone

Biography

Argentinian bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, whom Opera News has praised as “singing with a deep-voiced authority,” is a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He was previously a member of the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, as well as a student at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In the 2021/22 season, Mr. De Michelis will make house debuts at both Virginia Opera in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro and at Seattle Opera as Colline in La bohème, while in concert, he will sing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Greensboro Symphony.

Cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic include performances as Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Gainesville Symphony.

In the 2020-2021 season, Mr. De Michelis returned to the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona as Colline in La bohème. The previous season, he made his role and house debut as Leporello in Don Giovanni at Florida Grand Opera and returned to Houston Grand Opera as Balthazar in Donizetti’s La favorite. Concert highlights included performing at Opera Louisiane’s opening night gala and Handel’s Messiah with the North Carolina Symphony.

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Reviews

”Among the strong supporting cast, Federico de Michelis makes a suitably imperious Balthazar, Fernand’s superior and father of the elusive offstage Queen. His iron-clad bass-baritone has little difficulty conveying wrathful authority, anchoring the rousing chorus scene of Act II’s finale”.

Chris Gray

Houston Chronicle

“The other two roommates in the garret are excellent foils to the dreamy Rodolfo and the explosive Marcello. Bass Federico de Michelis’ Colline steals the show with his last act and melancholy farewell to his worn topcoat.”

Gregory Sullivan Isaacs

Theater Jones

Bass Federico De Michelis sang with a depth and sturdiness that gave stature to Nourabad, the high priest.

Steven Brown

Texas Classical Review

“Federico De Michelis is a knock-out, perhaps the best voice on stage, as actor and manager Thomas Betterton.”

Joseph Campana

Houston Chronicle

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“Bass Federico de Michelis’ Colline balanced depth and gentleness in his Act 4 farewell to the coat headed to the pawnshop.”

Steven Brown, Texas Classical Review

“Key featured performances are vocally accomplished and thoroughly in the spirit of the enterprise…[including] Federico de Michelis’ pompous King”

Everett Evans, Houston Grand Opera; Houston Chronicle

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