American baritone Michael Chioldi is quickly gaining 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 as the title roles in Verdi's Rigoletto with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco, Macbeth with Palm Beach Opera, andNabucco with Lyric Opera Baltimore; as Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore with Utah Opera; and as Rodrigo in Don Carlo with Austin Lyric Opera. 

Chioldi's 2016-17 season begins in September with his return to Virginia Opera for his role debut as Tonio inPagliacci. He returns to New Orleans Opera in November in the title role of Verdi's Macbeth, followed by his return to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco debuting the role of Iago in Otello.  Chioldi returns to the Palm Beach Opera to reprise his portrayal of the title role in Rigoletto in March. Le Nous Cultura praised his Rigolettodebut last season, saying, "The star of the night was without a doubt the baritone Michael Chioldi, whose powerful, virile and dramatic voice made of the production something absolutely essential to hear." Chioldi finishes the season with Austin Lyric Opera in performances of Madama Butterfly in May. 

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