Saturday, October 30, 2010

Twitter's Barihunk: Michael Adair

Michael Adair
I guess one way to get onto this site is to use the profile name Barihunk on Twitter, which is what Michael Adair did. Of course, one would still have to be a baritone and a hunk. We think he qualifies and he joins our long roster of Canadian barihunks.

Adair was born in Canada and studied at the University of Toronto Opera School, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Opera NUOVA and also did three tours with the Festival Ensemble in Stuttgart under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.

In 2006 Michael accepted a two-year contract with the International Opera Studio at the Opernhaus Zürich where he performed roles in Andrea Chenier, Cavalli’s La Didone, The Beggar’s Opera, L’Etoile, Gianni Schicchi, and Don Carlo and worked with conductors Nello Santi, Sir John Elliot Gardiner and Carlo Rizzi.

As a recitalist, Michael has appeared with the Aldeburgh Connection singing Finzi’s To A Poet and Schumann’s Op.40. He has also partnered with Canadian baritone Russell Braun and the Elora Festival Singers to perform a program of folksongs at the 2007 Elora Festival. Michael also gave a performance of Strauss and Wolf lieder at an Opernhaus Zürich Lieder matinee.

Later this season Michael will be making his debut at the Berliner Philharmonie singing Weihnachts Oratorium with the Berliner Oratorien Chor. He will also be revisiting Israel in Egypt with Bachchor Wiesbaden, Messiah with Kantorei Michaels Ottobrunn and a debut of Bach’s B Minor Mass at Carnegie Hall.

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