Thomas Meglioranza, baritone
Called “one of America's finest young baritones" by New York Newsday, Thomas Meglioranza was a winner of the 2005 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, the Franz Schubert/Modern Music Competition in Graz, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Joy in Singing Award.
Recent engagements include Copland's Old American Songs with the National Symphony, Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, John Harbison's Fifth Symphony with the Boston Symphony, Handel's Messiah with the Minnesota Orchestra, Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte with pianist Peter Serkin and the Brentano Quartet, and Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy.
An “immaculate and inventive recitalist” (The New Yorker), Mr. Meglioranza’s evening of WWI-era songs at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society was one of the Philadelphia Inquirer's "Top Ten Classical Music Events of 2009" and enjoyed a sold-out run on the cabaret series of the Café Sabarsky in New York City. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2008, singing contemporary American songs. His discography includes songs of Virgil Thomson with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, two recordings of Schubert lieder with pianist Reiko Uchida, and a newly reconstructed Bach cantata with the Taverner Consort.
Mr. Meglioranza’s portrayal of Prior Walter in the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös' Angels in America with Opera Boston was described as “immensely touching” (Boston Globe). Other opera performances include the title role in Don Giovanni with Julius Rudel and the Aspen Opera Theatre, and Chou En-lai in Nixon in China with Opera Boston. He frequently sings with the Mark Morris Dance Group, including the role Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas and created the title role in Gordon Chin's Mackay: The Black Bearded Bible Man in Taipei.
An avid singer of Bach, Meglioranza has sung many one-voice-per-part performances of the passions and cantatas with conductor Andrew Parrott, and has appeared with such Baroque groups as Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists, Apollo's Fire, Les Violons du Roy, Portland Baroque, Music of the Baroque. He has also sung pre-Baroque music with the Waverly Consort, Pomerium and the Liber Ensemble.
A graduate of Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music, Mr. Meglioranza is an alumnus of Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, and the Steans Insititute at Ravinia. He is of Thai, Polish and Italian heritage and currently resides in Manhattan. He is a Visiting Artist in Voice at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.