Born in Stuttgart, Michael Nagy, a baritone with Hungarian roots, received his first musical training at the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir, and later studied singing, Lied interpretation and conducting with Rudolf Piernay, Irwin Gage and Klaus Arp in Mannheim and Saarbrücken. He enhanced his education by attending master classes held by Charles Spencer, Rudolf Piernay and Cornelius Reid.

Michael Nagy was initially an ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin before moving on to Frankfurt Opera, where he was able to develop a wide repertoire of leading roles such as Papageno (The Magic Flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), The Count (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), Jason (Reimann: Medea) and the title role in Britten’s Owen Wingrave among others. He remains associated with both houses, he returned to Frankfurt to perform Spielmann (Humperdinck: Die Königskinder) and, most recently, to Berlin as Count Tamare in Schreker’s  Die Gezeichneten.

Meanwhile, the baritone is not only at home on the world’s important stages, he also keeps developing his vocal fach continuously,  now including Wolfram (Tannhäuser) at the Bayreuth Festival, Hans Heiling in H. Marschner’s eponymous opera at the Theater an der Wien, Stolzius in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in Munich under Kirill Petrenko (hailed as the ’Opera Production of the Year 2014’) and Kurwenal (Tristan and Isolde) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Baden-Baden and Berlin under Sir Simon Rattle, as well as the title roles in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero and Andreas Lorenzo Scartazzini’s Edward II  in Berlin.

In the current season he will make his role debuts as Amfortas (Parsifal) under Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera and as Don Alfonso at the Zurich Opera House in a new production of Così fan tutte. Moreover he will participate in a new staging of Gluck's Alceste in Munich and appear as Eugen Onegin in a guest performance of the Komische Oper Berlin at the Edinburgh Festival.

Michael Nagy is likewise in great demand as a concert and oratorio singer around the globe. He appeared with the leading international orchestras, including Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de Paris, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Orchestra , as well as at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival.

The singer continues to demonstrate his broad interest in a wide-ranging repertoire. Further to his debut at the Tanglewood Festival with Haydn’s Nelson Mass under Herbert Blomstedt and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and concerts of Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Teodor Currentzis at the Salzburg Festival, Schumann's Faust Scenes at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival,  performances of the current season include Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Dresdner Kreuzchor, Bach's Magnificat under Helmuth Rilling, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne,  his first performance of Shostakovich's 13th Symphony with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Michael Sanderling, Mendelssohn's Elijah with Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under Thomas Hengelbrock, Mendelssohn’s Paulus with the International Bach Academy in Luxembourg and Stuttgart and Rossini's Petite messe solenelle in the original version for two pianos and harmonium with NDR Choir under Klaas Stok at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. Under the baton of Manfred Honeck, he will assume the role of  Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) in concert performances with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.

Together with his partner at the piano, Gerold Huber, Michael Nagy performs recitals regularly. In the current season they will appear at the chamber music festival of the Münchener Kammerorchester, among others, and they are also planning their return to the Wigmore Hall in London. 

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