Michael Schade

Photo: Harald Hoffmann


HANDEL Messiah – Comfort ye; Ev’ry valley (Bach Consort Wien)

MAHLER Das Lied von der Erde (Toronto Symphony)

WAGNER In fernem Land (Wiener Philharmoniker)

SCHUMANN Mondnacht

MOZART Don Giovanni – “Il Mio Tesoro Intanto”

DONIZETTI L’elisir d’amore – “Una furtiva lagrima”


Decades: A Century of Song – volume 1 (1810-1820)

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Hailed as one of the world’s leading tenors, German-Canadian tenor Michael Schade performs on every major opera stage and in the most prestigious concert halls of the world. His art form embraces a wide repertoire of performances in opera, recital, concert, and recording.

Highlights of the 2016/2017 season include concerts of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra under the baton of Myung-Whun Chung in Milan, Seoul and Shanghai; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 under Paavo Järvi in Tokyo; Mozart´s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano; Mendelssohn’s Elias under Matthew Halls at the Vienna Konzerthaus; concerts of Bruckner´s Te Deum with Zubin Mehta in Munich and the Mass in F Minor with the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Opera highlights include a return to Vienna State Opera for Eisenstein in J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus under Sascha Goetzel; Stolzing in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at La Scala under Daniele Gatti; and the title role in Mozart’s Idomeneo under Gianluca Capuano at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

As one of the favorite artists of the Salzburg Festival for almost two decades, Michael Schade has appeared in new stagings of Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito, Purcell’s King Arthur, Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Haydn’s Armida, Cherubini’s Medée and Von Winter’s Das Labyrinth. Recent highlights in Salzburg include Haydn’s The Creation and The Seasons under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin with Rudolf Buchbinder. In 2008 he initiated and was appointed the Creative Director of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Singers Project, where his public master classes are an audience favorite.

He frequents the Metropolitan Opera, the Munich Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, and the Vienna State Opera, in works ranging from Wagner’s Meistersinger to Monteverdi’s Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda. He has performed all of Mozart’s and Strauss’s leading roles, such as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni; the title role in Idomeneo; Flamand in Capriccio; and Matteo in Arabella. Other roles he has sung include the Prince in Dvořák’s Rusalka; the title role in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Aschenbach in Death in Venice; Florestan in Beethoven’s Fidelio; and the Painter in Berg’s Lulu, in opera houses such as Teatro alla Scala, Liceu Barcelona, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Opéra Bastille, Theater an der Wien, Hamburg State Opera, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, and the Glyndebourne Festival.

Michael Schade has earned a reputation as a stellar concert and recital soloist. His immense repertoire ranges from Bach’s Cantatas and Passions to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, in prominent venues such as the Musikverein, Konzerthaus and State Opera in Vienna, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Wigmore Hall, Verbier Festival, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Grafenegg Festival, and Salzburg’s Mozartwoche. 

He is frequently invited to perform with the leading orchestras and their renowned conductors such as Ivor Bolton; Pierre Boulez; Douglas Boyd; Semyon Bychkov; Riccardo Chailly; Christoph von Dohnányi; Rubén Dubrovsky; Christoph Eschenbach; Valery Gergiev; Stefan Gottfried; Matthew Halls; Daniel Harding; Pablo Heras-Casado; Mariss Jansons; Philippe Jordan; James Levine; Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Peter Oundjian, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, Christian Thielemann, Robin Ticciati, Franz Welser-Möst, and Simone Young. Among his most treasured musical experiences are his many collaborations with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

His close artistic relationship with Maestro Harnoncourt went beyond live performances. Together they recorded Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Mozart’s Zaide and La Clemenza di Tito. The live recording of their performance of the St. Matthew Passion was awarded a Grammy for Best Choral Performance. A prolific recording artist, Michael Schade’s other notable recordings include Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Pierre Boulez; Mozart’s Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic under Claudio Abbado; and Grammy-nominated Daphne with Renée Fleming under Semyon Bychkov, as well as live recordings of the Mozart Gala at the Salzburg Festival. His list of awards includes three Junos: for CBC Records’ Die Schöne Müllerin with Malcolm Martineau, Soirée Française, and Mozart: Arie e Duetti. Recently he was featured in live recordings of Die Schöne Müllerin with Rudolf Buchbinder at Grafenegg and DVDs of Arabella (Vienna State Opera), Das Labyrinth (Salzburg Festival) and of the Summer Night Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Schönbrunn) in 2013 under the baton of Lorin Maazel.

Michael Schade is the Director of the Hapag Lloyd Stella Maris International Vocal Competition and of the prestigious Internationale Barocktage Stift Melk. He was appointed an Officer to the Order of Canada in 2016.

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