| B I O G R A P H Y |
Canadian-American baritone Micah Schroeder, praised for his "smooth- as-glass lyrical contours” (The National Post/The Calgary Harold), is a graduate of the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program, Opera Idaho Young Artist Program and an alumni of the Highlands Opera Studio, the Aspen Opera Centre as well as The Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity. Mr. Schroeder recently completed a Diploma in Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Opera from the University of British Columbia.
In the 2018/2019 Season, Mr. Schroeder will be a young artist with Opera Idaho and sing A-Rab in West Side Story and cover the title role of Don Giovanni and will return to the Highlands Opera studio in the Summer of 2019 to make his role debut as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. With Vancouver Opera, Mr. Schroeder covered Belcore in L'Elisir d'amore and the title role in Eugene Onegin, sang the role of David in Barber’s A Hand of Bridge, and appeared in the Vancouver Opera in Schools tour of Dean Burry's The Scorpion's Sting as well as the Vancouver premiere of Marcel Bergman’s Requiem for a Lost Girl. Other notable roles in his repertoire include the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande, Don Giovanni, and The Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Baryton-martin in Vivier’s Kopernikus, Schaunard in La Bohème, Belcore in L’Elisir d’Amore, the Forester in The Cunning Little Vixen, Argenio in Handel’s Imeneo, and Pluton in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers to name a few.
At home on the concert stage, Mr. Schroeder has appeared in recital in such repertoire as the Harfnerlieder of Schumann and Wolf, Finzi's Let us garlands bring, Poulenc's La fraîcheur et le feu, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, and Vaughan Williams' Songs of Travel, and, Five Mystical Songs. Mr. Schroeder has also appeared with the Vancouver Symphony and the Victoria Newcombe Singers Orchestra and will debut with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra in 2020.
photo by Michelle Doherty
| P R E S S |
"Perhaps the most captivating voice of all might have been that of the Baryton-Martin character, voiced by Micah Schroeder. From his entry as a kind of Master of Cosmic Ceremonies, enunciating perfectly every syllable of Vivier’s fantasy language, he served as ecstatic guide for Agni, her devoted spirits and for the audience. Schroeder was mesmerizing at all times, calling out, cajoling, even hypnotizing in his supremely executed and smooth-as-glass lyrical contours, rendering everything as though improvised. He is a superb actor and his command of pseudo-languages was equally impressive. He had you believing that he was fluent in Czech and Japanese when in fact he was singing/speaking neither. He sold made-up words to us with aplomb and convinced us that these dialects were something meta-linguistic — a cosmic language that only Agni’s spirits could speak way off in the beyond somewhere." - Stephen Bonfield, The National Post/The Calgary Herald, 2017
"Rattling off Mercutio's French language tongue twister Mab la reine des mensonges from Gounod's Roméo et Juliette, Micah Schroeder showed presence and a nicely honed sense of French Style..." - David Duke, The Vancouver Sun, 2014
"Micah Schroeder demonstrated a nice awareness of style and clearly grappled the Count Almaviva's inner psychology. He became increasingly angry and frustrated, leading up to a moving 'Contessa perdono'..." - Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, 2015