Hailed for his "vocal distinction and expressive warmth" (The Boston Globe), American baritone Thomas Meglioranza has quickly established himself as one of the country's most sought-after singers, possessing a remarkably versatile voice that is equally at home in a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi, to Schubert, to Babbitt to Rodgers & Hammerstein. A 2002 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, he is also a recipient of the 2002 Joy in Singing Award and is a winner of the 2003 Franz Schubert and Music of Modernity International Competition in Graz, Austria. Mr. Meglioranza's 2004-05 season featured Messiah performances in Portland both with the Oregon Symphony (debut) and the Portland Baroque Orchestra (return engagement), and New York Collegium invited him back to perform the role of Christus in a rarely heard one-voice-per-part version of Bach's Saint Matthew Passion, led by Andrew Parrott. In recital, he performed in Chicago on both the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert series (broadcast on WFMT-FM) and the University of Illinois at Chicago's "Tuesdays at One" series, and he also performed Barber's Dover Beach with the Enso String Quartet for the Newtown Friends of Music (CT) and the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music. On December 31, 2004, he was a featured soloist with members of the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Murry Sidlin for the Kennedy Center's annual New Year's Eve gala concert in Washington, DC, marking the tenth anniversary of that event.

In 2003-04, Mr. Meglioranza starred as Chou En-lai in Opera Boston's critically acclaimed production of Nixon in China, his portrayal of which was praised by The Boston Globe as delivering his character's "inner music with quiet rapture." Other highlights from recent seasons include debut performances with the Houston Symphony (Handel's Messiah and a return engagement that same season for Carmina Burana), Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bach Cantata No. 152), Grant Park Symphony Orchestra & Chorus (Fauré Requiem) and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society (Bach Mass in B Minor), as well as Carmina Burana with the New York Choral Society for the opening of the American Ballet Theatre's spring 2003 season at the Metropolitan Opera House, and critically acclaimed New York recitals at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Concert Hall.

Particularly noted for his performances of baroque music, Mr. Meglioranza has been a featured soloist with numerous period instrument ensembles, including New York Collegium, American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque, Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Baroque Orchestra of Iowa and the Trinity Consort. He has frequently collaborated with such respected conductors as Andrew Parrott, Nicholas McGegan, Jane Glover, Nicholas Kraemer and Bernard Labadie. On the operatic stage, Thomas Meglioranza's portrayal of Don Giovanni, under the baton of Julius Rudel with the Aspen Opera Theater, was hailed by the Denver Post as "a triumph." Highlights of other recent opera performances include Chicago Opera Theater's acclaimed production of L'Orfeo at the Brooklyn Academy of Music under Jane Glover, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Aeneas) with Atlanta's New Trinity Baroque (which is now available on CD), and concert versions of Rameau's Hippolyte et Aricie (Thésée) conducted by Andrew Parrott and Purcell's King Arthur (all baritone roles) conducted by Bernard Labadie, both with the New York Collegium.

Mr. Meglioranza has made numerous appearances with orchestras in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including engagements with the Evansville Philharmonic (Messiah), Rochester Philharmonic (Paukenmesse), Prague Radio Symphony (Beethoven's Mass in C), Portland Baroque Orchestra (Messiah), and the Thai Royal Navy Orchestra (Mozart concert arias). He has also performed orchestral pops programs with the Charleston Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony and three times with the Cascade Festival Orchestra in Bend, Oregon. Highlights of his many other festival appearances include Marlboro, Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia, Bowdoin, the Pacific Music Festival, and most recently, a performance with the Waverly Consort and the Mark Morris Dance Group at New York's Mostly Mozart Festival. A champion of contemporary music, he recently gave the world premiere of Jorge Martin's song cycle, Plundered Hearts (commissioned for Mr. Meglioranza with the assistance of CAG) on his April 2003 debut program at Weill Recital Hall. In addition, the Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music recently commissioned Pierre Jalbert to write a work for Mr. Meglioranza and Dutch soprano Judith van Wanroij. Other recent new music performances include Milton Babbitt's Two Sonnets at Marlboro and at New York's Cooper Union under the supervision of the composer, John Adams' The Wound Dresser at the Tanglewood Festival for Contemporary Music with conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, the Japanese premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' song cycle Brilliant Sky, Infinite Sky in Sapporo under the direction of the composer and John Harbison's Words from Paterson at the Bowdoin Music Festival with Jeffrey Milarsky conducting. He has also given premiere performances of many orchestral songs written for him, including Jonathan Chenette's Broken Ground with the Des Moines Symphony and Gavin Chuck's Confiteor with the Ossia Orchestra.

A graduate of Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music, Thomas Meglioranza is of Thai, Polish and Italian heritage. He currently resides in New York City, where his other interests include cooking and martial arts.

 
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