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Michael Porter

Tenor

Michael Porter
© Barbara Aumüller

Michael Porter, who left the opera studio to join the ensemble, has thrilled audiences in Frankfurt with many roles including his first performances of Mozart's Pedrillo (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Ferrando (Così fan tutte) and Tamino (Die Zauberflöte). This American tenor can be heard in the 2020/21 season singing Ernesto in a new production of Don Pasquale, Pedrillo, 4th Jew in Salome, Šapkin / The Jolly Prisoner (Janáček's Aus einem Totenhaus / From the House of the Dead) and Chevalier de la Force in a new production of Dialogues des Carmélites. The corona shutdown put paid to his singing Laërte (Mignon) and the Graf von Hohenzollern (role debut) in Henze's Prinz von Homburg in Frankfurt and making his debut at La Scala in Milan, as the 2nd Jew in Salome. His repertoire includes Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni), Andres (Wozzeck), The Novice (Billy Budd), Mosè (ll serpente di bronzo), Steuermann (Der fliegende Holländer  /The Flying Dutchman), Brighella (Ariadne auf Naxos), Helenus / Hylas (Les Troyens), Gaston / Ein Wächter (Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation / Das geheime Königreich : Heavyweight or the Honour of the Nation / The Secret Kingdom), Edmondo (Manon Lescaut) and a Young Sailor (in last season's new Tristan und Isolde). He also appeared here in recital in 2019. Guest engagements have included Monostatos in a new production of Die Zauberflöte at the 2019 Salzburg Festival , Victorin / Gaston in Die tote Stadt, a role he sang for the first time in Frankfurt, at the Semper Oper in Dresden, a Squire (Parsifal) at the Staatsoper Berlin and the King in the world premiere of Tonguecat at the Munich Opera Festival. He made his debut at Fort Worth Opera as Brighella. Michael Porter was a member of the Opera Theatre St. Louis and Seagle Music Colony's Young Artist programes.