"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
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), has performed across North America and in Europe. A recent graduate of the opera studio of Opéra de Lyon, the Vancouver Opera Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program and the Opera Idaho Young Artist Program, Schroeder is a champion of contemporary repertoire and recently curated and created the documentary film DENKMAL as an Artist-in-Residence for Pacific Opera Victoria. In the coming season Schroeder will create the role of Quinn in the world premiere of Nicole Lizee's RUR: A Torrent of Light with Tapestry Opera in Toronto.Schroeder received a Bachelor and Master of Music degree from the University of British Columbia and an Artist Diploma in Opera from the University of Toronto.
Micah Schroeder has gained extensive stage experience through a variety of roles. At Vancouver Opera he appeared in the role of Belcore (L’elisir d’amore) and in the title role of Eugene Onegin, each as a cover. There he also sang David (A Hand of Bridge), The Man who killed her (Requiem for a Lost Girl), and as David/Osiris/Scorpions (The Scorpion Sting). For Opera Idaho, he covered Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), and sang A-RAB (West Side Story) and Bumble (The Enchanted Forest). Micah Schroeder's engagements at Summer Festivals include: Schaunard (La Bohème) and Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Highlands Opera Studio, Pangloss (Candide), and Baryton-martin (Kopernikus) at the Banff Center and Schaunard (La Bohème) as well as Tonic/Don Giovanni/Participant (The Classical Style) at the Aspen Opera Center. Schroeder has also appeared with Against the Grain Theatre as Schaunard and with Saskatoon Opera as Figaro (Barber of Seville). Outstanding roles in Schroeder's repertoire include the title roles in Pelléas et Mélisande, Don Giovanni and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Guglielmo (Così fan tutte).
In addition to the opera stage, Schroeder has a passion for the concert and recital repertoire. Micah Schroeder debuted in 2012 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in its annual “Traditional Christmas” series and has performed with them several times since then, most recently at a world premiere of Bramwell Tovey's new opera The Girl for Sale in 2018. On the concert podium Micah Schroeder has also performed Finzi's Let us garlands bring, Glick's South of North: Images of Canada, Songs of Travel and Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan-Williams, Poulenc's La fraîcheur et le feu and Tel jour, telle nuit, Mahler's Songs of a the Wayfarer, the Harfnerlieder by Schumann and Wolf and Vier ernste Gesänge and ein Deutches Requiem of Brahms.