Michael Nagy, a baritone with Hungarian roots, was initially an ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin before moving on to Frankfurt Opera, where he was able to develop his repertoire in leading roles such as Papageno (The Magic Flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), The Count (The Marriage of Figaro), Hans Scholl (Die weiße Rose), Wolfram (Tannhäuser), Valentin (Faust), Prince Yeletsky (Pique Dame), Marcello (La Bohème), Albert (Werther), Frank/Fritz (Die tote Stadt), Jason (A. Reimann’s “Medea”), Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) and the title role in Owen Wingrave. Between 2011 and 2013 he sang the role of Wolfram at the Bayreuth Festival. He appeared as a guest at the Oslo Opera House, Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, at Zurich Opera House and the Theater an der Wien, among others. In 2013 he performed the role of Papageno (The Magic Flute) with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Whitsun Festival in Baden-Baden.
Michael Nagy received his first musical training at the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir, and later studied singing with Rudolf Piernay and conducting under Klaus Arp in Mannheim, as well as song interpretation with Irwin Gage in Saarbrücken. He enhanced his education by attending master classes held by Charles Spencer, Rudolf Piernay and Cornelius Reid. His international career took off in 2004 when he won the ’International Art Song Competition’ hosted by Hugo-Wolf-Akademie in Stuttgart.
In autumn 2014 Michael Nagy made his debut as Eugene Onegin at the Grand Théatre de Genève, and he subsequently reprised this role at the Bavarian State Opera. In Munich he had outstanding success as Stolzius in Andreas Kriegenburg’s new staging of Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten under Kirill Petrenko, hailed as the ’Opera Production of the Year 2014’. The 2015/16 season saw him in three further role debuts: Hans Heiling in Heinrich Marschner’s eponymous opera at the Theater an der Wien, Kurwenal(Tristan und Isolde) at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in Mariusz Trelinski’s new production, again under Sir Simon Rattle, and the title role in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero in a concert performance under Thomas Hengelbrock. Guest engagements in the 2016/2017 season include Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at Zurich Opera House and Marcello (La Bohème), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) and Papageno (The Magic Flute) at the Bavarian State Opera. Moreover, he will perform the title role in the world premiere of Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s new work Edward II. at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
Michael Nagy is highly in demand as a concert and oratorio singer around the globe. He appeared with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Museumsorchester Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Salzburg Festival. Performances during the current season will take him to the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo (Mahler’s Symphony No. 8), the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid (Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht), the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris (Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem) and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam (Bach’s Christmas Oratorio). Ádám Fischer, Paavo Järvi, Alan Gilbert, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Harding, Christoph von Dohnányi, Philippe Herreweghe and Daniele Gatti are among the musical partners for his widespread concert repertoire. Together with Gerold Huber at the piano, Michael Nagy performs recitals regularly; in the current season at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and at the Philharmonie Essen.