Michael Nagy, a baritone with Hungarian roots who was born in Stuttgart, began his musical career with the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir. He studied singing, lied interpretation and conducting with Rudolf Piernay, Irwin Gage and Klaus Arp in Mannheim and Saarbrücken and enhanced his education by attending master classes held by Charles Spencer, Cornelius Reid and Rudolf Piernay, whom he still consults.
He was able to build up important repertoire roles at the two opera houses where he worked early in his career, at the Komische Oper Berlin and at Frankfurt Opera. He returns regularly to both houses and also gives guest performances on major stages in Vienna, Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Geneva and Zurich. He continues to broaden his repertoire in baritone roles, for instance in past seasons he made important role debuts, among others singing Don Alfonso (Cosí fan tutte) at Zurich Opera House and Amfortas (Parsifal) at the Bavarian State Opera under Kirill Petrenko – he returns to both houses in the 2019/20 season to sing in three revivals.
Michael Nagy is also highly in demand as a concert and oratorio singer around the globe. He has appeared with the most renowned international orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouworkest, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de Paris, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at various festivals, for instance in Schleswig-Holstein and in the Rheingau, at the Salzburg Festival and the Tanglewood Festival (USA), as well as in Grafenegg and San Sebastian.
Song recitals and chamber music are also a particular concern of Michael Nagy. For instance he regularly gives recitals accompanied by Gerold Huber or Susanna Klovsky, most recently in Munich, Cologne, Bonn, Essen and in the not-too-distant future he sings in Barcelona, London and Zurich.
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