Michael McCown, a popular member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt for many years, recently enjoyed great success here with three new roles: Captain Vere in Billy Budd, Mime in Das Rheingold and Don Alvar in a new production of Meyerbeer's L’Africaine. He adds another three roles to his repertoire during the 2018/19 season: a Dancing Master in a revival of Ariadne auf Naxos and Fedotik in Eötvös’ Tri sestri / Three Sisters and Mastro Trabuco in La forza del destino (both new productions) and repeats his roles in revivals of Die Zauberflöte, Tosca and Hänsel und Gretel. Other recent roles for the company have included Johnny Inkslinger (Britten's Paul Bunyan), Triquet (Eugene Onegin), Monostatos (Die Zauberflöte), Journalist / Regierungsrat (Křenek's Schwergewicht / Heavyweight), Basilio / Don Curzio (Le nozze di Figaro), Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor) and Valzacchi (Der Rosenkavalier). This tenor, who trained in Boston, appeared at Oper Frankfurt as a guest before joining the ensemble. Roles with which he has enjoyed great success here in recent seasons have included Prior Walter in Eötvös’ (Angels in America), Antonio (The Tempest), the Herzog von Cornwall (Reimann's Lear, available on CD - OehmsClassics), Kuska (Khovanshchina) and Fürst Hérisson de Porc-Epic (Chabrier's L’Étoile). Michael McCown's recent guest 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 and a role in a play at Schauspielfrankfurt.