Conte di Luna
Atlanta-born baritone Michael Redding has worked throughout Europe and the USA in roles ranging from Mozart to classic American Musical Theatre. Operatic engagements include Escamillo in Carmen with Opera on the James; the title role in Don Giovanni, Count Carl-Magnus in A Little Night Music and Schaunard in La Bohème with Piedmont Opera; Escamillo in La Tragédie de Carmen and the Hunter and Gamekeeper in Rusalka with the Wexford Festival; Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Schaunard in La Bohème with Virginia Opera and Sarasota Opera and well as Belcore in L’Elisir d’amore also with Sarasota Opera. He has performed multiple roles including Crown, Porgy and Jake in Porgy and Bess with the Toledo Symphony, National Philharmonic, Opera Carolina, Atlanta Opera, Virginia Opera, New Orleans Opera, Seattle Opera, Belgrade Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, La Verdi Orchestra Milan, and the Berliner Philharmoniker, the last conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Recent roles include Uncle Paul in the world premiere of Terence Blanchard’s Fire Shut Up in My Bones with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Piedmont Opera’s Ragtime and Omar’s Brother in Rhiannon Giddens’ Omar at the Spoletto Festival, USA. Mr. Redding received his Master of Music from Indiana University where he performed various roles under the guidance of teachers Giorgio Tozzi and Virginia Zeani, and holds an undergraduate degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts.