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Michael McCown

tenor

Michael McCown
© Barbara Aumüller

The American tenor Michael McCown, a popular member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt since 2001, has built up a repertoire of more than 90 roles during his career. During the 2020/21 season he can be heard as Pietro, Rouvel and God's Fool in new productions of Offenbach's Die Banditen / The Bandits, Giordano's Fedora and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov and 2nd Jew in the new Salome. The corona shutdown prevented him from adding two new roles to his repertoire last season - Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes and the Schoolmaster in Das schlaue Füchslein / The Cunning Little Vixen. He recently enjoyed great success here with Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Mime in Das Rheingold, Don Alvar in a new production of Meyerbeer's L’Africaine.  Other roles in recent seasons have included Johnny Inkslinger (Paul Bunyan), the Witch (Hänsel and Gretel), a Dancing Master (Ariadne auf Naxos), Fedotik (Eötvös’ Tri sestri / Three Sisters), Prior Walter (Angels in America), Antonio (The Tempest), the Duke of Cornwall (Reimann's Lear - available on CD - OehmsClassics), Mastro Trabuco in La forza del destino, Fürst Hérisson de Porc-Epic (Chabrier's L’Étoile) and Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte). This tenor, who trained in Boston, appeared at Oper Frankfurt as a guest before joining the ensemble. Recent engagements have included appearances at the Aldeburgh Festival, Utah Opera, Walther von der Vogelweide (Tannhäuser) in Minden and the Aalto Theater in Essen, Scaramuccio (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the Darmstadt, Nürnberg and Wiesbaden state theatres, a role in a play at Schauspielfrankfurt and, most recently, in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in the Steinbruch St. Margarethen.