Acclaimed as “one of the greatest singers of his generation” (Toronto Globe and Mail), countertenor Michael Maniaci has been praised for his rare, thrilling voice and sensational stage presence. Following his overwhelming success as Tirinto Handel’s Imeneo for Glimmerglass Opera, Anthony Tommasini stated in the New York Times, “Michael Maniaci…is headed for a major career.”
In addition to Carmina Burana in Philadelphia with Andreas Delfs in April, Maniaci looks forward to an exciting season in Boston, first starring in Lucio Silla as Cecilio for Odyssey Opera conducted by Gil Rose. The June performances of this early Mozart work are followed by Zhou Long’s Madame White Snake for Beth Morrison Projects and mark Mr. Maniaci’s return to the role of Ziao Qing, which he created in the world premiere in 2010.
Recent credits include Messiah with the Oregon Symphony, his debut with the Milwaukee Symphony in Carmina Burana, Veremonda for the Spoleto Festival USA, and concerts with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Catacoustic Consort and Collegium Cincinnati. Career highlights for this Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner include appearances with the Metropolitan Oepra, Teatro la Fenice, Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra, Staatsoper unter den Linden, Garsington Opera, his debut with the Fort Worth Symphony (Carmina Burana) and Endymion in Cavalli’s La Calisto with Cincinnati Opera. He has also appeared for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mercury Baroque, Beijing International Music Festival, Opéra National de Montpellier, Teatro Liceo, New York City Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Forth Worth Opera and Opera Atelier in Toronto. He is featured in the DVD of Meyerbeer’s Il crociata in Egitto and his solo album of Mozart arias with Boston Baroque debuted at #13 on the US Billboard Charts.