Atlanta-born baritone Michael Redding has been thrilling audiences in the U.S. and in Europe with his vocalism and theatrical presence in roles ranging from Handel to classic American Music Theatre. His recent performances include Belcore L’ELISIR D’AMORE with Sarasota Opera and Schaunard LA BOHÈME with Virginia Opera, a company to which Mr. Redding later returned to make his debut in the title-role of PORGY AND BESS, later reprising the role with Atlanta Opera.
His experience with this well-loved American masterwork began in the summer of 2004 when he travelled throughout Europe with New York Harlem Productions Inc’s PORGY AND BESS, playing Crown and Jake; in addition he has performed these roles with the Evansville Philharmonic, Opera Carolina, the Natchez Festival of Music and the role of Jake with New Orleans Opera, eventually malking his debut with Seattle Opera as Crown.
Most recently Mr. Redding appeared in an extensive tour of Europe and the U.S. of PORGY AND BESS with York Harlem Theatre including performances in Geneva and Toulouse.
Past operatic roles have included a return to Sarasota Opera to sing the Imperial Commissioner MADAMA BUTTERFLY as well as covering the lead baritone role Janusz in the U.S. premiere of Stanislaw Moniuszko HALKA. Mr. Redding has also performed the roles of Sacristan TOSCA, Betto GIANNI SCHICCHI and Gregorio ROMÉO ET JULIETTE.
In Spring 2006 he completed his first season as a Studio Artist with Sarasota Opera adding to his repertoire Schaunard LA BOHÈME and Eisenstein DIE FLEDERMAUS.
While in Sarasota he received the Helen Jepson Dellera Award for outstanding Young Artist. He went on to perform Wellington in Seymour Barab’s PHILLIP MARSHALL with Western Plains Opera; Schaunard with the Rockford Symphony Orchestra and with Piedmont Opera; and Marco GIANNI SCHICCHI and Giuseppe THE GONDOLIERS in Chautauqua. As an apprentice with Chautauqua he was awarded the Richard F. Gold (Shoshana Foundation) Grant.