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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)
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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