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Thomas Meglioranza

About this Artist

American baritone THOMAS MEGLIORANZA is one of the country’s most sought-after and unique young singers, displaying a compelling artistry and a remarkably versatile voice that is equally at home in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Schubert and Babbitt to Gershwin. He was a winner of the 2005 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition, the 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2002 Joy in Singing Award, and the 2003 Franz Schubert and Music of Modernity International Competition in Graz, Austria.

Meglioranza’s 2009/10 season includes performances of Brahms’ Liebesliederwalzer with the New York City Ballet, both in New York and at the Kennedy Center, a concert and commercial recording of Virgil Thomson’s Songs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and Gil Rose, a New Year’s Eve concert at the Kennedy Center, and a series of recitals on the theme of World War I in New York City, Philadelphia, and Cambridge, MA. Meglioranza has also been appointed Visiting Artist in Voice at the Longy School of Music in Boston.

Thomas Meglioranza’s 2008/2009 season took him to Taiwan for the world premiere of the title-role in Mackay – The Black-Bearded Bible Man, followed by concerts of Messiah with the Minnesota Orchestra, Bach’s B-minor Mass with Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Houston Symphony, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Vaughan Williams’ Mystical Songs in Altoona, Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Kansas City, and recitals in the U.S.

In the summer of 2009, Meglioranza made his Tanglewood Festival debut performing John Harbison’s 5th Symphony with Leonard Slatkin conducting the Boston Symphony, and his Australian debut at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. Other performances included the world premiere of Charles Wuorinen’s Romulus at the Guggenheim Museum, recitals at Bard College in New York City, chamber music concerts on tour with the Musicians from Marlboro, sacred music concerts in Chicago and Cleveland, and the release of Thomas Meglioranza’s first solo CD devoted entirely to Franz Schubert’s songs.

Meglioranza starred as Prior Walter in the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America with Opera Boston. He also made his debut with the Met Chamber Ensemble, performing Milton Babbitt’s Two Sonnets at Carnegie Hall, Erwin Schulhoff’s Cloud Pump at the Ravinia Festival, Stephen Foster songs with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and solo recitals at Symphony Space, the Neue Galerie, and Columbia University’s Italian Academy. With orchestra, he was featured in three different programs with the New York Collegium and sang Messiah at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue.

On the operatic stage, performances include Don Giovanni, Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) with Atlanta’s New Trinity Baroque, and concert versions of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie (Thésée) and Purcell’s King Arthur.

A graduate of Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music, Thomas Meglioranza is also an alumnus of Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, Bowdoin, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Steans Institute at Ravinia. He is of Thai, Polish, and Italian heritage and currently resides in New York City, where his hobbies include pork cookery and running.