What he'll be singing with us: Michael Schade will be singing two roles with us this season: a role debut as the philandering husband Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus, and the benevolent Roman emperor of Mozart's La clemenza di Tito.
Where you might have seen him: Schade has appeared with the COC many times and most recently joined us for 2011's The Magic Flute as Tamino and 2009's Rusalka as the Prince. Metropolitan Opera Live in HD fans may have also seen him sing Nicias (in Thaïs) in 2010 alongside Renée Fleming. He's no stranger to the role of Tito – in 2012 alone he's performed it both at the Vienna State Opera and in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.
Interviews and profiles: The Toronto Star called him "one of the most sought-after lyric tenors of his generation," and the National Post interviewed him inside his Oakville home. The CBC broadcast of The Magic Flute included this audio interview with Bill Richardson.
Sneak preview: You can hear Schade's Mozart chops in this 2006 recording of his performance as Tito at the Salzburg Festival, with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Photo of Michael Schade © Harald Hoffmann.
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What he'll be singing with us: He'll be singing one of Verdi's most demanding tenor roles: the troubadour, warrior and romantic lead Manrico in Il Trovatore. The COC audience will be the very first to hear his complete Manrico – it's a role debut.
Where you might have seen him: If you attend the Met's Live in HD cinecasts, you might remember him as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni last year. His 2011/2012 season included leading roles at the Weiner Staatsoper (as Nemorino in L'elisir d'amore), Rodolfo in La bohème at both The Metropolitan Opera and Teatro Liceu in Barcelona, and the title role in The Tales of Hoffmann at La Scala in Milan. This will be his first time singing in a mainstage production at the COC.
Interviews and profiles: In this interview from the Telegraph in which Vargas describes his early career, author Michael White describes his instrument as "the loveliest tenor voice of all the younger generation." And in a Q&A, BBC Music speaks to him about his favourite arias.
Sneak preview: play the video below to hear him singing Il Trovatore's most famous and recognizable aria, "Di quella pira."
Ramón Vargas also has an extensive discography, including many studio recordings and performance DVDs.
Top photo: Ramón Vargas. Photo © Adolfo Perez Butron.
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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001