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Michael Galvin

Voice Type:

Bass-Baritone

Nationality:

American

Country:

United States

Languages (fluent):

English

Opera

Soroastro
Orlando (Handel)
Boston Early Music Festival Young Artist Program
2019
Simone
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Villa Nigra Opera Festival
2019
Simone
Gianni Schicchi (Puccini)
Si Parla, Si Canta
2019
Leporello​
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Eastman Opera Theatre
2019
Masetto & Il Commendatore
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Geneva Light Opera
2017
Publio
La Clemenza di Tito (Mozart)
Ithaca College Opera
2017
Leporello​
Don Giovanni (Mozart)
Portland Summer Opera Workshop
2018
Somnus/Cadmus
Semele (Handel)
Ithaca College Opera
2016
Seneca
L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi)
Eastman Opera Theatre
2017
Gideon March/Mr. Dashwood
Little Women (Mark Adamo)
Ithaca College Opera
2015
Chrous
La Cenerentola (Rossini)
Opera Ithaca
2017
Figaro
Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
Si Parla, Si Canta
2019
Mustafa
L'italiana in Algeri (Rossini)
Si Parla, Si Canta
2019
Pistola
Falstaff (Verdi)
Si Parla, Si Canta
2019

Operetta/G&S

Giant
Jack and the Beanstalk (Anthony Davies)
Finger Lakes Opera Young Artist Program
2019

Contemporary Opera

Bass Voice
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Ricky Ian Gordon)
Eastman Opera Theatre
2018

Early Music

Atlante
Orlando Generoso (Steffani)
Boston Early Music Festival
2019
Augure/Plutone
L'Orfeo (Rossi)
Eastman Collegium Musicum
2018
Bass Soloist
The Fairy Queen (Purcell)
Eastman Collegium Musicum
2018
Bass Soloist
King Arthur (Purcell)
Eastman Collegium Musicum
2018
Plutone
Eumelio (Agazzari)
Cornell Early Music Lab
2016

Art Song

Soloist
Something Between Us (Benton Hess)
Eastman School of Music
2019

Oratorio/Concerts

Bass Soloist
Magnificat (Bach)
Ithaca College Baroque Ensemble
2017

Covered Covered & Performed Scenes Premiere of New Work Concert

Bottoms dream

Ultimately though, a production of “Don Giovanni” is only as good as the singers playing the opera’s namesake character and his sidekick. Eastman has an excellent pair in Michael Aiello as Don Giovanni and Michael Galvin as Leporello. Galvin possessed a warmer, more lyric timbre in his bass voice, while Aiello’s baritone was punchier, resonant, and debonair. The two men complemented each other well, with some of the best chemistry in the production. (2019)

And as Seneca, bass Michael Galvin was perhaps the most distinguished, disarming singer in the opera. His magnificent voice was deep and resonant, possessing great lyricism (2017)

The talent in the title role was often in good company. Semele’s disapproving father was sung by Michael Galvin whose rich voice, also capable of nimble humor, is already strong and will doubtless accrue power in the coming years. His solo opening to the first act quartet, “Why dost though thus untimely grieve” was all paternal concern—or was it lacerating irony? I couldn’t tell which, and that was all for the better. Galvin also took on the part of Somnus and demonstrated that he can sustain the slow malevolent humor of the great sleep aria. (2016)

Master of Music
Eastman School of Music
2017–2019
Bachelor of Music
Ithaca College
2013–2017

Admired for his “distinguished, disarming” tone (Rochester City News), bass Michael Galvin is establishing himself as a young bass of notable talent. In June 2019, Michael joined the Boston Early Music Festival as a Young Artist, where he performed the role of Zoroastro in Handel’s Orlando. In April 2019, Michael was seen as Leporello in Eastman Opera Theater’s production of Don Giovanni. Other EOT credits include Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Bass Voice in Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Tibetan Book of the Dead.

While completing his graduate studies, Michael performed with the Eastman Collegium Musicum in presentations of Fairy Queen, King Arthur, and L’Orfeo (Rossi), with the Eastman Bach Cantata Series (BWV 11, 26, 62), as well as with the Cornell Early Music Lab (Schütz, Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi). His collaboration with Cornell Early Music Lab also included singing Plutone in the North American premiere of Agazzari’s Eumelio in 2016.

2020 engagements cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic were set to celebrate Michael’s interests in art song and chamber music. Featured concerts included works of Bach with the Norwottuck Chamber Orchestra in Easthampton, MA as well as a recital at the Marilyn Horne Institute in Bradford, PA.

Michael holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (M.M., 2019) and Ithaca College (B.M., 2017) where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

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