We have talked about the explorers who made The Andrée Expedition, and now we turn to the singer who will perform The Andrée Expedition- Baritone Michael Chioldi.
Michael has performed at nearly every major American opera house, including The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera. Signature roles include Scarpia in Tosca with Hawaii Opera Theater, Ft. Worth Opera, New York City Opera, and Spain's Opera de Oviedo; Jochanaan in Salome with Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan; the title role of Macbeth with Michigan Opera Theatre and Palm Beach Opera, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor with Washington National Opera, Utah Opera, and New Orleans Opera; and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly with Washington National Opera and in a nationwide broadcast on the PBS television series Live from Lincoln Center, which received an Emmy award in 2008.
So how did we get him to come sing for The Vermont Opera Project? It turns out that Michael has ties to Vermont. His family started the Chioldi Granite Corporation, which set up shop in downtown Barre at the Chioldi Brothers around 1907. Last winter, Michael was singing the role of Rigoletto for the Palm Beach Opera, where our Managing Director Jeff Bruckerhoff works as the Director of Production. Jeff and Michael have worked together several times before and have talked in the past about bringing opera to Vermont. We knew we needed a vibrant and compelling peformer to sing The Andrée Expedition and Michael was thrilled to help us in realizing our second season. Michael is known for his portrayal of Rigoletto, Scarpia in Tosca, and Sharpless in Madama Butterfly; however, we are lucky to have him sing The Andrée Expedition for the first time.
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Michael Chioldi singing "Te Deum" in Tosca for Opera Oviedo.