Glyndebourne Festival 2014
This summer, Michael will make his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival as Alfredo in a new production of Verdi’s La Traviata opposite Sonia Gimadieva as Violetta. The production will be conducted by Sir Mark Elder, and directed by Tom Cairns.
Check this site for the schedule of performances which will be announced at a future date.
San Francisco Opera’s stellar production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia starring Michael as Gennaro opposite the Lucrezia of Renée Fleming, will be released on October 29th by the San Francisco Opera in partnership with EuroArts Music International and Naxos of America for worldwide sale on DVD and Blu-ray discs. Recorded live in high-definition at the War Memorial Opera House, the video includes special bonus material such as interviews with cast members, program notes, plot synopsis, and production photographs. Conducted by Riccardo Frizza, directed and designed by John Pascoe, the cast also includes mezzo-soprano Elizabeth De Shong as Orsini, and bass-baritone Vitalij Kowalijow as Alfonso D’Este.
On October 25th, Michael will perform the Verdi Requiem in a special concert presented by the San Francisco Opera, and Italy’s Teatro San Carlo in the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth. The concert, conducted by SFO Music Director, Nicola Luisotti, will feature soprano Leah Crocetto, mezzo-soprano Margaret Mezzacappa, and bass Vitalij Kowalijow, along with 320 choristers and orchestra members from both the San Francisco Opera and the Teatro San Carlo. “I’m so excited to sing one of my favorite musical works with Maestro Luisotti and the very dear to my heart, San Francisco Opera”, says Michael.