Michael Nagy


Michael Nagy received his first musical training at the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir, and later studied singing with Rudolf Piernay and conducting under Klaus Arp in Mannheim, as well as song interpretation with Irwin Gage in Saarbrücken. He enhanced his education by attending master classes held by Charles Spencer, Rudolf Piernay and Cornelius Reid. His international career took off in 2004 when he won the ’International Art Song Competition’ hosted by the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie in Stuttgart.

Michael Nagy, a baritone with Hungarian roots, was initially an ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin before moving on to Frankfurt Opera, where he was able to develop his repertoire in leading roles such as Papageno (The Magic Flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), The Count (Le Nozze di Figaro), Hans Scholl (Die weiße Rose), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Valentin (Faust), Prince Yeletsky (Pique Dame), Marcello (La Bohème), Albert (Werther), Frank/Fritz (Die tote Stadt), the title role in Owen Wingrave, Jason (Medea) and Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus). Between 2011 and 2013 he sang the role of Wolfram at the Bayreuth Festival. As a guest he appeared at the Oslo Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, at Zurich Opera House and the Theater an der Wien, among others. In 2013 he performed the role of Papageno (The Magic Flute) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Whitsun Festival in Baden-Baden. In autumn 2014 Michael Nagy made his debut as Eugene Onegin at the Grand Théatre de Genève, and he subsequently reprised this role at the Bavarian State Opera. In Munich he had outstanding success as Stolzius in Andreas Kriegenburg’s new staging of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten under Kirill Petrenko, hailed as the ’Opera Production of the Year 2014’. Recently he was seen in three further role debuts an one world premiere: Hans Heiling in Heinrich Marschner’s eponymous opera at the Theater an der Wien, Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in Mariusz Treliński’s new production, again under Sir Simon Rattle, the title role in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero under Thomas Hengelbrock and as Edward (title role) in the world premiere of A. Scartazzini’s Edward II with Thomas Søndergård at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Operatic guest engagements in the 2017/2018 season will take him tot he Komische Oper Berlin to perform Franz Schrekers Die Gezeichneten as Count Tamare and at the Opera Cologne in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro as Conte Almaviva.


Michael Nagy is highly in demand as a concert and oratorio singer around the globe. He appeared with the Munich and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the New Japan Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Sydney und Chicago Symphony Orchestra, dem Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, dem Orchestre de Paris, and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival. Performances during the current season include a tour with Brahms’ A German Requiem and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Herbert Blomstedt in celebration of his 90th birthday, Miriways under the baton of Bernard Labadie with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, a concertant performance of Don Giovanni with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra and Jonathan Nott, Fabio Nieder’s adaptions of Schubert-Lieder with the Münchner Kammerorchester, Gottfried von Einem’s An die Nachgeborenen with ORF Radio Symphonieorchestra Vienna and Markus Poschner, Zimmermann’s Ekklesiastische Aktion with the SWR Sinfonieorchester under Ingo Metzmacher as well as a tour with the Freiburger Barockorchester with G.B. Pergolesi’s La serva padrona. Ádám Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Harding, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Philippe Herreweghe, Manfred Honeck and Daniele Gatti are among the musical partners for his widespread concert repertoire. Michael Nagy dedicates particular attention to Lied-singing, as with Christiane Karg and Gerold Huber with Wolf’s Italian Songbook in Bonn, Elmau and Berlin, with Gerold Huber with an exceptional german-russian Lied-program in Cologne and Dortmund and chamber music in Winterthur.

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