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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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001