American baritone Michael Chioldi has quickly gained the reputation as one of the most sought-after dramatic baritones of his generation having received acclaim from critics and audiences for his portrayals of the dramatic baritone roles of Verdi, Puccini, and Strauss. His many roles include the title roles in Die Fliegende Holländer, Rigoletto, Nabucco, Macbeth, and Nixon in China; Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Conte di Luna in Il Trovatore, Germont in La Traviata, Gerard in Andrea Chenier, Scarpia in Tosca, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly. A frequent performer of American and English works, he premiered the role of Man in Anthony Brandt’s The Birth of Something in 2008, and has also appeared as John Proctor in The Crucible and John Sorel in The Consul.
This season, Mr. Chioldi returns to the Metropolitan Opera in a new production of Florencia en el Amazonas and to the Pittsburgh Opera in La Traviata.
Mr. Chioldi made his debut at New York’s Metropolitan Opera as Fléville in Andrea Chénier with Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo under the baton of James Levine. He has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, Palm Beach Opera, New Orleans Opera, Michigan Opera Theater, and Utah Opera. His performances of Sharpless in the New York City Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly was broadcast on the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center, which received an Emmy award in 2008. Internationally he has performed at the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona, Opera de Oviedo in Spain, and the Royal Opera House, Muscat.
Mr. Chioldi has performed with symphony orchestras around North America and Europe, including as soloist in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Santa Fe Concert Association; Brahms’ Requiem with the Städtisches Orchester Pforzheim; and in a concert performance of Debussy & Poe: Fall of the House of Usher & Devil in the Belfry with the Oviedo Philharmonia. Additional orchestral appearances include with the New York Philharmonic and The National Symphony Orchestra under Mo. Leonard Slatkin; as well as the New Jersey, New Haven, and Houston Symphony Orchestras.
Chioldi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including The Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition (Winner 1995); The MacAllister Competition; The Licia Albanese-Puccini Competition; The Miami Opera Competition; The Sullivan Foundation; and The Anna Case-Mckay Award. He received his Bachelors’ degree from West Virginia University, and his Masters’ degree from Yale University. His recordings appear on the Sony Classical, BMG, Accord and Newport Classics labels. Mr. Chioldi makes his home in New York City.