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Michael McCown

tenor

Michael McCown
© Barbara Aumüller

Michael McCown, a popular member of the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt for many years, adds new roles to his repertoire this season: Reverend Horace Adams in Peter Grimes, the School Master in Das schlaue Füchslein / The Cunning Little Vixen and roles in new productions of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth von Mzensk and Strauss' Salome. He can also be heard again in Idomeneo, the Křenek triple bill and as Valzacchi in Der Rosenkavalier. He 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 and added a further three roles to his repertoire during the 2018/19 season: a Dancing Master in Ariadne auf Naxos, Fedotik in Eötvös’ Tri sestri / Three Sisters and Mastro Trabuco in La forza del destino. Other recent roles for the company have included the Witch (Hänsel und Gretel), 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) and Normanno (Lucia di Lammermoor). 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, a role in a play at Schauspielfrankfurt and, most recently, in performances of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in the Steinbruch St. Margarethen.