German-Canadian tenor MICHAEL SCHADE is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young singers today, already having sung in such houses as the Vienna Staatsoper, the Salzburg Festival, the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Netherlands Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Hamburg Opera.
In the current and future seasons, Mr. Schade continues his association with the Vienna Staatsoper in such productions as Die Zauberflöte, a new production of Die Schweigsame Frau, Arabella, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Meistersinger, Der Fliegende Holländer and the revival of the acclaimed Cosi fan tutte at the Theater an der Wien and in Ravenna under Riccardo Muti. He also sang Cosi fan tutte in his debut with the Los Angeles Opera, a new production of The Merry Widow at the Opera de Paris Bastille (Palais Garnier) in 1997, a new production of Die Zauberflöte at the 1997 Salzburg Festival and Die Meistersinger (David) in his debut at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1999. Mr. Schade performs extensively in concert and recital, including the St. John Passion with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, Haydn's Stabat Mater under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Paukenmesse with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bruckner's Te Deum at the Vienna Staatsoper under Carlo Maria Giulini, the St. Matthew Passion with the Teatro Communale in Florence and the Minnesota Orchestra and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Missa Solemnis and Leonore with John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra in London, New York, and Salzburg. His extensive recital activities include appearances in Stuttgart, Toronto, and Paris.
Mr. Schade has collaborated frequently with Maestro Gardiner having both performed and recorded The Creation (DG) and Die Zauberflöte (Archiv) with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra. Mr. Schade has appeared frequently in concert with Helmuth Rilling and his Bachakademie, and has recorded the St. John Passion, the St. Matthew Passion, The Creation, and Mendelssohn's Elijah and Paulus (Hänssler). In addition, Mr. Schade has recorded Fidelio under Sir Colin Davis (BMG), Die Meistersinger with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Bayerische Staatsoper (EMI) and Otello with Myung Whun Chung and the Opera de Paris Bastille (DG). He has also recorded Haydn's Theresienmesse and Missa Sancta Nicolai with Trevor Pinnock (Archiv).
Mr. Schade was born in Geneva and raised in Germany and Canada.