Michael Nagy, a baritone with Hungarian roots who was born in Stuttgart, began his musical career with the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys’ Choir. He studied singing, lied interpretation and conducting with Rudolf Piernay, Irwin Gage and Klaus Arp in Mannheim and Saarbrücken and enhanced his education by attending master classes held by Charles Spencer, Cornelius Reid and Rudolf Piernay, whom he still consults.
He continues to broaden his repertoire in baritone roles on the world’s major stages: Wolfram in Tannhäuser (Bayreuth Festival), Hans Heiling in H. Marschner’s opera of the same name at the Theater an der Wien and Stolzius in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (under Kirill Petrenko at the Bavarian State Opera), Kurwenal (Tristan und Isolde) in Baden-Baden and Berlin conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, as well as the title role in Luigi Dallapiccola’s Il Prigioniero in Hamburg and the world premiere of Andreas 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 has appeared with the most renowned international orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouworkest, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Orchestre de Paris, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at various festivals, for instance in Schleswig-Holstein and in the Rheingau, at the Salzburg Festival and the Tanglewood Festival (USA), as well as in Grafenegg and San Sebastian.
The 2021/2022 season again promises to be diverse: at the Bavarian State Opera there will be a revival of Braunfels Die Vögel (director: Frank Castorf, conductor: Ingo Metzmacher) and, on the occasion of the Opera Festival, a new production of Strauss Capriccio (director: David Marton, conductor: Lothar Koenigs); at the Vienna State Opera the role of the Count in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro under Adam Fischer as well as in a concert version of Haydn's L'Orfeo (Kreonte) at the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf (conductor: Adam Fischer) and in Lyon the role of Dr. Falke in Strauss' Fledermaus under Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. In the summer of 2021, he took over the role of 'Guglielmo' in a performance of Cosi fan tutte at the Salzburg Festival at short notice.
In the concert field, well-tried repertoire is mixed in, including. Brahms' Requiem in Neumarkt under Thomas Hengelbrock and on tour in Spain, Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under principal conductor Jakob Hrusa, Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Chorwerk Ruhr at the Ruhrtriennale, or Gabriel Fauré's Requiem under Risto Joos in Groningen with the world premiere of Sciarrion's Piogge diverse in Dresden, the world premiere of Francesco Filildei's The masque of the Red Death (in Donaueschingen, the Cologne Philharmonie and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg), the world premiere of Héctor Parra's Wanderwelle conducted by Andris Poga at the WDR in Cologne or the performance of the unknown Oratorio Weissagung und Erfüllung conducted by Duncan Ward in Basel.
In addition, song recitals are a central concert form for the artist. He appears in Copenhagen with selected repertoire together with Gerold Huber and Malcolm Martineau (Schubert's Winterreise and Brahms' Liebesliederwalzer).