American bass-baritone Michael Dean is in demand worldwide in both concert and operatic repertoire, appearing with many of the leading opera houses and orchestras of the US and Europe. The New York Times lauded his “strong appealing bass-baritone,” while the San Jose Mercury News considered him “the standout, his voice a penetrating wake-up call.”
He has made frequent appearances at New York City Opera, where he has performed the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, George in Of Mice and Men, and Papageno in The Magic Flute. Recent appearances have also included Jason McFarlane in Lizzie Borden for a “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast; the title role in Don Giovanni and Silva in Ernani at the Landestheater in Linz, Austria; Figaro in Antwerp, Belgium, Of Mice and Men at Arizona Opera, and Colline in La bohème in Strasbourg and Berlin. Michael has also received critical praise for his numerous recordings of Baroque opera, including Agrippina, Ottone, Dido and Aeneas, Radamisto, Giustino and Serse.
Recent and upcoming appearances include Messiah with Nashville Symphony and with I Musici de Montreal, Mozart’s Requiem with the Modesto Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic as well as the role of Gregorio in Romeo et Juliette with the LA Opera.
Highlights of his 2010-11 season included appearances in Messiah with the Pacific Symphony and Calgary and Louisiana philharmonics, as well as a Mozart Requiem with Quad City Symphony and Mercury Baroque in Houston and Missa Solemnis with Richmond Symphony.
In 2008-09 season, Michael continued a close collaboration with conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, performing Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic, Creation with Mexico’s Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, and Lord Nelson Mass with the Huntsville Symphony. He also sang Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Richmond Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Quad City Symphony.
During the 2007-08 season, Michael returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony for Messiah, a work he later repeated in his debut with the Houston and Monterey symphonies, and sang both Haydn’s Creation and the Brahms Requiem with the Louisiana Philharmonic under Carlos Miguel Prieto, with whom he also appeared at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, Mexico.
Michael recently had his debut with the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Aaron Kernis’ Garden of Light, conducted by Kurt Masur. Michael’s other recent orchestral highlights include Street Scene, conducted by Leonard Slatkin also with the New York Philharmonic; Handel’s Alexander’s Feast with Choral Arts Society of Washington at the Kennedy Center; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Omaha Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic and in Oregon; Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Sacramento Choral Society; Handel’s Messiah with the Baltimore and San Antonio symphonies and at Carnegie Hall; Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC; Bach’s Magnificat with the Toronto Symphony; Haydn’s Creation in Sarasota and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; Carmen with the Buffalo Philharmonic; and an evening of Bach Cantatas at Walt Disney Concert Hall with Helmuth Rilling conducting the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
Michael Dean is a member of the Voice Faculty of UCLA.