American baritone Michael Chioldi has quickly gained the reputation as one of the most sought-after dramatic baritones of his generation. Praised for his “warm, rich tone” (Opera News) and “deeply communicative phrasing” (The Baltimore Sun), he has received unanimous acclaim from critics and audiences around the world for his portrayals of the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss. His recent role debuts include the title roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera, and Nabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore; as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with Utah Opera; and as Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Austin Lyric Opera; as Iago in Otello in Guadalajara, MX and as Miller in Louis Miller in Barcelona.
Performances in the upcoming season, 2019-2020, include his role debut as Henry VIII in Odyssey Opera’s Henry VIII, LaTraviata with Utah Opera, Rigoletto with Austin Opera, New Years Eve Gala with the Metropolitan Opera, Maid of Orleans with New Orleans Opera, Eugene Onegin with Palm Beach Opera, Madama Butterfly with Atlanta Opera, and Pagliacci with Portland Opera.
Performances in the 2018-2019 season included his role debut as Gerard in Andrea Chenier with Barcelona’s Gran Teatro del Liceu, LaTraviata with Washington National Opera and Austin Opera, and Otello with Austin Opera. This season Michael also returns to the Metropolitan Opera for three exciting covers including Otello, Rigoletto, and Tosca.
Chioldi has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Signature roles include Scarpia in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theater, Ft. Worth Opera, New York City Opera, Toledo Opera, and Spain’s Opera de Oviedo; Jochanaan in Salome with Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan; the title role of Macbeth with Michigan Opera Theatre and Palm Beach Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, and New Orleans Opera; and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera and in a nationwide broadcast on the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center, which received an Emmy award in 2008.
Upcoming performances include his house debut with Seattle Opera as Scarpia in Tosca, a recital in Pittsburgh and a return to the Metropolitan Opera for Rigoletto, Tosca and Lucia.