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.

Michael Nagy 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 roles such as Papageno (The Magic Flute), Count Almaviva (The Marriage of Figaro), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Valentin (Faust), Prince Yeletsky (Pique Dame), Marcello (La Bohème), Albert (Werther), Frank/Fritz (Die tote Stadt), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) and the title role in Owen Wingrave, as well as Jason in Reimann’s Medea. He still has close ties with these two opera houses: most recently in Frankfurt as Spielmann (Humperdinck: Die Königskinder) and he can soon be heard as the Forester in Janáček’s Cunning Little Vixen; in Berlin he last sang Count Tamare (Schreker: Die Gezeichneten).

He continues to broaden his repertoire in baritone roles on the world’s major stages: Wolfram in Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival), Hans Heiling in H. Marschner’s opera of the same name at the Theater an der Wien and Stolzius in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (under Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in Baden-Baden and Berlin conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, as well as the title role in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero in Hamburg and the world premiere of Andreas Lorenzo Scartazzini’s new work  Edward II at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.


Last season Michael Nagy made two important role debuts: Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) at Zurich Opera House and Amfortas (Parsifal) at the Bavarian State Opera conducted by Kirill Petrenko – he returns to both houses in the 2019/20 season to sing in three revivals.

Michael Nagy is 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.

Michael Nagy is inquisitive in the best sense of the word – besides familiar repertoire the coming season offers new discoveries:  he opens the season singing in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony conducted by Christoph Eschenbach at the Berlin Konzerthaus and in Dvořák’s Te Deum, which marks the commencement of Cristian Macelaru’s term as new principal conductor of the WDR Cologne. Michael Nagy gives guest performances with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Copenhagen conducted by G. Noseda in a concert performance of

Il Prigioniero by Luigi Dallapiccola, with Hess Radio in Frankfurt as soloist in Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms conducted by David Zinman, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie-Orchester in Hamburg under Marek Janowski singing Frank Martin’s Jedermann Monologues, with the Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Stéphane Denève singing Brahms/Glanert Four Serious Songs, with the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stefan Solyom in orchestrated songs by Gounod, Mahler, Bizet and Schubert, at the Musikfest Stuttgart under H. C. Rademann singing in Bruch’s Lied von der Glocke, in the opening concert of the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in 2020 with Nielsen’s Third Symphony conducted by A. Gilbert; he performs Lebendig begraben by Othmar Schoeck with The Orchestra Now! in the USA (combined with a CD recording) conducted by L. Botstein in the Carnegie Hall in New York and at Bard College.

In the 250th anniversary year of Beethoven’s birth, works by this composer feature prominently in Michael Nagy’s engagements, for instance he is a soloist in the Missa solemnis with the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo and on tour with Thomas Hengelbrock; he sings in Beethoven’s Mass in C conducted by Karina Canellakis in Utrecht and the Ninth Symphony conducted by T. Currentzis in Bonn, Vienna and Paris.

Song recitals and chamber music are also a particular concern of Michael Nagy: for instance he performs Hugo Wolf’s Italian Song Book together with Julia Kleiter and the Ensemble Labyrinth at Zurich Opera House.

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