Federico De Michelis



Argentinian bass-baritone Federico De Michelis, whom Opera News praised as, “singing with a deep-voiced authority” is a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, and was previously a member of the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, and a student at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid. In the current season, Federico De Michelis will return to Houston Grand Opera, first as Colline in La bohème, then as Nourabad in The Pearl Fishers, a role he will reprise for his debut with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. Other appearances include a debut with the North Carolina Symphony in the Mozart Mass in C Minor.

In the 2017/18 season, Mr. De Michelis returned to Houston Grand Opera as a principal artist as Achilla in Giulio Cesare; he also made his debut with Palm Beach Opera, performing Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro. On the concert stage, Mr. De Michelis made his Philadelphia Orchestra debut performing Sciarrone in Tosca under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and presented a series of concerts in Key West, Florida as part of the Florida Keys Concert Association. In the 2016/17 season, Federico De Michelis performed Dr. Dulcamara in Houston Grand Opera’s production of L’Elisir d’Amore, conducted by Jane Glover. Other performances included Brander in La damnation de Faust with Aspen Music Festival, and at Des Moines Metro Opera, Mr. Flint and Timur in Billy Budd and Turandot, respectively.

In previous seasons at Houston Grand Opera, Mr. De Michelis performed the role of Thomas Betterton in the world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s Prince of Players conducted by Patrick Summers, Angelotti in Tosca, Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, the King in The Little Prince, the cover of the title role and Antonio in The Marriage of Figaro, and selected scenes as Tiridate in Radamisto and Figaro. He also debuted at Aspen Music Festival, performing Colline in La bohème. At the Auditorio Sony Madrid, the artist performed the roles of Leporello in Don Giovanni, the title role in Don Pasquale and Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola. While at the Opera Studio of Teatro Argentino de La Plata, Mr. De Michelis performed Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte, Antonio in Il viaggio a Reims, El Hombre Mayor in Gandini’s contemporary opera La ciudad ausente, Johann in Werther, Narrator in Rota’s I due timidi, Plutone in Il ballo dell’ingrate, and Tempo in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria.

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“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. He plans to hock it to get Mimi some medicine—too late as it turns out. Baritone Geoffrey Hahn’s Schaunard offers a completely different personality to the four rowdy guys. He brings a touch of humor to the more serious goings-on. Anyone who has been to a college beer bust will know that their horseplay in both the first and forth acts is believable.”

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

More Reviews

“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