2018 First Place Winner
Michael McAvoy
Lyra New York International VocalCompetition
Oratorio Division
“Hai gia vinta la causa… Vedro mentr’io sospiro” from Le nozze di Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (baritone Michael McAvoy, pianist Julia Chou) - Michael McAvoy
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“Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen” from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss (baritone Michael McAvoy, pianist Julia Chou) - Michael McAvoy
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Baritone Michael McAvoy, acclaimed for his “range, resonance and imperative

skill” (Naples Daily News), has conquered some of the largest roles in the lyric baritone

repertoire. Most notably, he has taken on Figaro from Il barbiere di Siviglia and the title role in Don Giovanni. His other notable opera roles include Belcoré (L’elisir d’amore), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Thomas Putnam (The Crucible), Ben (The Telephone), and Top (The Tender Land). He has worked with various regional opera companies, such as Bronx Opera, New York Lyric Opera Theater, Vocal Productions NYC, Connecticut Concert Opera, Opera Naples, Connecticut Lyric Opera, Opera Theater of Connecticut and Hartford Opera Theater. Most recently, Mr. McAvoy had the opportunity to sing in Josh Groban’s backup quartet at Madison Square Garden and appeared with Groban on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show featuring Jimmy Fallon. He recently performed with Opera Theater of Connecticut at the Sanibel Island Music Festival and played Sciarrone in their production of Tosca. His singing credits also extend to oratorio and concert works. He has performed the solos in Duruflé’s Requiem with the Naples Philharmonic Chorale, as well as Fauré’s Requiem with the Granby Festival Chorus. He also sang Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy as a featured soloist with The Falmouth Philharmonic Chorale. Mr. McAvoy’s varied career has also led him to perform light opera and musical theater. Having worked with groups like Light Opera of New York, UCONN OperaTheater and the Naples Players, he has performed roles such as Oliver (The Vagabond King), Dick Deadeye (HMS Pinafore), Albert (The Secret Garden), Adult Patrick (Mame) and The Beast (Beauty and the Beast). He has also tackled the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, garnering acclaim whilst breaking away from the traditional musicals and operas. Mr. McAvoy’s other accolades include winning First Place in Opera Theatre of Connecticut’s Amici Vocal Competition, participating as a Grand Finalist in the Talents of the World Vocal Competition and winning First Place in the oratorio division of the Lyra New York International Vocal Competition. He has also completed the Franco-American Vocal Academy summer program and has participated in the Young Artist Program with Opera Naples. Having graduated with his degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Connecticut, Mr. McAvoy continues to study voice with UCONN’s Dr. Constance Rock.

"Baritone Michael McAvoy - whom many remembered as the Beast in the Naples Players acclaimed production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Sugden Theatre earlier this summer - sang Sibillar gli angui d'Aletto, a Baroque aria from Handel’s Rinaldo to pianist Julie Shaffer's accompaniment. His athletic posture and poise serve him well as he continues to demonstrate range, resonance and interpretive skill.” - article in the Naples Daily News entitled "Naples Opera Society Stages Double-Edged Concert” by Bernadette La Paglia

 

“Michael McAvoy backs up the truck and drops off a load of talent during this rock concert, for that’s what the show truly is.  His masculine “Hedwig” is a raw, powerful and sexy creature that can turn a phrase or belt out a ballad.  It is his show to deliver and he does in winning fashion.”

- article in the Naples Daily News entitled “McAvoy a divo of raw power” by Chris Silk

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