Michael Uloth (as Truffaldino), Christopher Enns, Peter Barrett, and John Easterlin in Ariadne auf Naxos, COC 2011. © Michael Cooper. Michael Uloth as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, COC 2011. © Michael Cooper. Michael Uloth as Bonze, Robert Pomokov as Chamberlain, and Laura Albino as Cook in The Nightingale & Other Short Fables, COC 2009. © Michael Cooper. Yannick-Muriel Noah, Michael Uloth (as Imperial Commissioner), Brian Hymel, and Brett Polegato in Madama Butterfly, COC 2009. © Michael Cooper. Michael Uloth as Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream, COC 2009. © Michael Cooper. Betty Allison as Fiordiligi, Michael Uloth as Don Alfonso, and Erin Fisher as Dorabella in Così fan tutte, COC Ensemble 2009. © Michael Cooper.

bio

last update: 06.05.2012

Canadian bass Michael Uloth is a new member of the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program, where his performances include the title role in Don Pasquale and Le Bailli in a touring production of Werther. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Michael travels to France in the spring to perform the Bonze in Robert Lepage's The Nightingale & Other Short Fables for Opéra de Lyon before returning to Canada to reprise the role of Don Pasquale for Saskatoon Opera.

In his three seasons with the Canadian Opera Company, Michael's performances included Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos, Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2nd Armed Man in Die Zauberflöte, Imperial Commissioner in Madama Butterfly, Bonze in Le Rossignol, Priest in St. Mark's in Death in Venice, Gavrila in War & Peace, and Sarastro, Don Alfonso and Voice of Neptune in Ensemble Studio performances of Die Zauberflöte, Così fan tutte and Idomeneo, respectively. He also covered the roles of Colline in La Bohème, Zuniga in Carmen, Ramfis in Aida, Lodovico in Otello, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Pietro in Simon Boccanegra, The Emporer in Le Rossignol, Bass 2 in Renard, and Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

An alumnus of Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists Program, Michael’s opera credits also include Caronte/Plutone in L’Orfeo (Glimmerglass Opera, cover), Poet/Judge in Philip Glass’ Orphée (Glimmerglass Opera, cover), Sparafucile in Rigoletto (Saskatoon Opera), Enrico VIII in Anna Bolena (Opera in Concert), Leporello/Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte (Guelph Symphony Orchestra), Pistola in Falstaff (Highlands Opera Studio), and High Priest/Hymen in Purcell's The Indian Queen (Toronto Masque Theatre). At Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto Opera Division, his roles included Il Re di Scozia in Ariodante, Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, Collatinus in The Rape of Lucretia, Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Theseus in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Reverend John Hale in The Crucible, The Orderly in Hindemith's Hin und Zurück, and Jimmy in Weill's Mahagonny Songspiel.

In concert, Michael's repertoire includes Mozart's Requiem (Grand River Chorus), Jesus in Bach's St. Matthew Passion (Victoria Philharmonic Choir) and St. John Passion (Metropolitan Festival Choir), Haydn's Nelson Mass (Elora Festival), Balthasar in Amahl and the Night Visitors (Elora Festival Singers), Haydn's The Creation (Parry Sound School of Music), Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy), and Polonius/Gravedigger in Canadian composer Mark Richards' Hamlet (Stratford Summer Music). He has also presented two recitals at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, featuring works by Brahms, Finzi, Donizetti, Verdi and Thomas Legrady.

Michael is a graduate of the Bachelor of Music and Opera Diploma programs at Wilfrid Laurier University and the Master of Music in Opera program at the University of Toronto Opera Division. He has also trained at Glimmerglass Opera's Young American Artists Program, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Highlands Opera Studio, the Banff Centre's Opera as Theatre Program, and the International Vocal Arts Institute's training programs in Montreal and Puerto Rico. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including Second Prize at the Christina & Louis Quilico Awards and generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

calendar

  • 2007
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  • 2008
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  • 2009
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  • 2010
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  • 2011
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  • 2012
  • University of Toronto: Opera Division

    The Rape of Lucretia | Collatinus
    Conductor: Stephen Ralls
    Director: Jennifer Tarver
    March 16, 18, 2007

  • Glimmerglass Opera

    Orphée (Glass) | Poet (cover), Judge (cover)
    Conductor: Anne Manson
    Director: Sam Helfrich
    July 21, 23, 31; August 4, 12, 16, 18, 21, 27, 2007

  • Glimmerglass Opera

    L'Orfeo | Caronte (cover), Plutone (cover)
  • Conductor: Antony Walker
  • Director: Christopher Alden
    July 28, 30; August 5, 11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 25, 2007
  • Brampton Lyric Opera

    Rigoletto | Sparafucile
    Conductor: Sabatino Vacca
    Director: Penelope Cookson
    February 2, 2008

  • Opera York

    Don Giovanni | Masetto
    Conductor: Geoffrey Butler
    Director: Melissa Bencic
    Venue: Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
    February 22, 24, 29, 2008

  • University of Toronto: Opera Division

    Ariodante | Il Re di Scozia
    Conductors: Jeanne Lamon, Stephen Ralls
    Director: Michael Patrick Albano
    March 13, 15, 2008

  • Metropolitan Festival Choir

    St. John Passion | Jesus
    Conductor: Patricia Wright
    Venue: Metropolitan United Church, Toronto
    March 21, 2008

  • Toronto Masque Theatre

    The Indian Queen (Purcell) | High Priest/Hymen
    Conductor: Larry Beckwith
    Director: Derek Boyes
    April 24, 25, 26, 2008

  • Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra

    Concert | IVAI: The Gala Concert
    Conductor: Paul Nadler
    Venue: Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas
    June 21, 2008

  • Saskatoon Opera

    Rigoletto | Sparafucile
    Conductor: Tadeusz Biernacki
    Director: Barbara Montalbetti
    July 26, 28, 30; August 1, 2008
  • Stratford Summer Music

    Hamlet (M. Richards) | Polonius/Gravedigger
    Conductor: Wesley Ferreira
    Venue: St. Andrew's Church
    August 16, 2008

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | Meet the Young Artists
    Pianists: Liz Upchurch, Christopher Mokrzewski
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    September 16, 2008

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | Songs of Russia
    Pianists: Liz Upchurch, Christopher Mokrzewski
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    September 30, 2008

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    Don Giovanni | Masetto (cover)
    Conductor: William Lacey
    Director: Robin Guarino
    October 5, 8, 11, 15, 18, 20, 23, 26, 28, 31, 2008

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    War & Peace (Prokofiev) | Gavrila
    Conductor: Johannes Debus
    Director: Tim Albery
    October 10, 14, 16, 19, 22, 25, 29; November 1, 2008

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | The Rake Punished: Highlights from Don Giovanni
    Conductor: Samuel Tak-Ho Tam
    Pianist: Christopher Mokrzewski
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    October 16, 2008

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    The Brothers Grimm (D. Burry) | Brentano/Krause/Rumpelstiltskin
    Pianist: Susan Ball
    Director: Robert Herriot
    November 3 - 29, 2008
  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | Lieder Recital
    Pianist: Christopher Mokrzewski
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    February 4, 2009

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | Czech Program
    Pianist: Liz Upchurch
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    February 19, 2009

  • Arts & Letters Club of Toronto

    Recital | Brahms, Verdi, Legrady
    Pianist: Christopher Mokrzewski
    February 25, 2009

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | Scenes from Bohemian Life
    Conductor: Samuel Tak-Ho Tam
    Pianist: Christopher Mokrzewski
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    March 24, 2009

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    Simon Boccanegra | Pietro (cover)
    Conductor: Marco Guidarini
    Director: Ian Judge
    April 11, 14, 18, 22, 24, 28; May 3, 7, 2009

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    La Bohème | Colline (cover)
    Conductor: Julian Kovatchev
    Director: Maer Powell
    April 17, 19, 25, 30; May 4, 9, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 2009

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    A Midsummer Night's Dream | Theseus (cover), Snug
    Conductor: Anne Manson
    Director: Neil Armfield
    May 5, 8, 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 23, 2009
  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    Idomeneo | Voice of Neptune
    Conductor: Harry Bicket
    Director: François de Carpentries
    Date: May 19, 2010

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | Meet the Young Artists
    Pianist: Anne Larlee
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    September 21, 2010

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    Aida | Ramfis (cover)
    Conductor: Johannes Debus
    Director: Tim Albery
    October 2, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30; November 2, 5, 2010

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Concert | English & American Song
    Pianist: Anne Larlee
    Venue: Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre
    October 12, 2010

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

    Death in Venice | Youth/Priest in St. Mark's
    Conductor: Stuart Bedford
    Director: Yoshi Oida
    October 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31; November 3, 6, 2010

  • CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY: ENSEMBLE STUDIO

    Cinderella (Rossini/Massenet) | Alidoro/Dandini
    Pianist: Andrea Grant
    Director: Ashlie Corcoran
    November 8 - December 3, 2010
  • Opéra de Lyon

    The Nightingale & Other Short Fables:
    Le Rossignol | Bonze
    Conductor: Alejo Pérez
    Director: Robert Lepage
    April 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 2012

  • Saskatoon Opera

    Don Pasquale | Don Pasquale
    Conductor: Tad Biernacki
    Director: Maer Powell
    June 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 2012

press

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  • "The title role was strongly taken by Michael Uloth, who succeeded in making Don Pasquale a figure of pathos rather than sheer absurdity."
    —Bernard Jacobson, SEEN AND HEARD INTERNATIONAL (Don Pasquale, April 2012)

  • "The youthful Uloth portrays a creaky-jointed septuagenarian with a little pot belly and a long skinny face…His mannerisms fit the picture, especially his efforts to sit down and get up again."
    —Philippa Kiraly, THE SUN BREAK (Don Pasquale, April 2012)

  • "Bass Michael Uloth has only a cameo role, but it's enough to make one want to hear more of him."
    —Philippa Kiraly, THE SUN BREAK (Werther, Nov 2011)

  • "The male quartet (John Easterlin, Peter Barrett, Michael Uloth and Christopher Enns) was a gift that kept on giving at every turn. It's difficult to imagine their roles performed better in any way."
    —Lydia Perovic, DEFINITELY THE OPERA (Ariadne auf Naxos, May 2011)

  • "At the other end of the vocal spectrum, Kitchener-born bass Michael Uloth proved superior as a singer (and vastly superior as an actor) to his counterpart."
    —Arthur Kaptainis, NATIONAL POST (Die Zauberflöte, February 2011)

  • "Uloth did a great job, whether in the lovely legato in both his arias, his confident low notes, and particularly in the profundity of his final lines."
    —Leslie Barcza, BARCZABLOG (Die Zauberflöte, February 2011)

  • "Michael Uloth as Sarastro impressed the most. He controlled his remarkable old-man basso with a twinkle in the eye and made the abysmally low notes appear an easy game."
    —Lydia Perovic, DEFINITELY THE OPERA (Die Zauberflöte, February 2011)

  • "Michael Uloth brought a sense of wisdom as well as warmth to Sarastro."
    —Jon Kaplan, NOW MAGAZINE (Die Zauberflöte, February 2011)

  • Featured article: "Cinderella a big hit with children in the north."
    —Barb Farwell, EQUITY QUARTERLY (Cinderella, November 2010)

  • "Bass Michael Uloth...also performed admirably. His voice has an interesting timbre with a slight edge that gives it particular definition and cuts through, particularly in the lower register."
    —Stephen Preece, WATERLOO REGION RECORD (Nelson Mass, Aug 2009)

  • "The cynical Don Alfonso was urbanely and slyly played by bass Michael Uloth..."
    —Ken Winters, GLOBE & MAIL (Così fan tutte, June 2009)

  • "Michael Uloth's Don Alfonso is a baby bass of great promise."
    —Paula Citron, CLASSICAL 96.3 FM (Così fan tutte, June 2009)

  • "Then there's Michael Uloth, a very impressive young bass...Uloth was note-perfect. He also has the kind of unstrained security and confidence that allows you to just sit back, relax and enjoy the performance."
    —Michael Crabb, CBC RADIO 1 (Così fan tutte, June 2009)

  • "Bass Michael Uloth took full advantage of Colline's brief moment to shine in 'Vecchia zimarra'."
    —Joseph So, LA SCENA MUSICALE (Scenes from Bohemian Life Concert, March 2009)

  • "He has an attractive stage presence—no small advantage in today's push for dramatic verissimilitude."
    —Joseph So, LA SCENA MUSICALE (Meet the Young Artists Concert, September 2008)

  • "Two to watch are bass Michael Uloth and baritone Andrew Mahon. They both have rich, warm, hearty voices."
    —Paula Citron, CLASSICAL 96.3 FM (The Indian Queen, April 2008)

  • "Uloth is clearly a talent on the rise...he nailed Enrico's capricious character..."
    —Paula Citron, OPERA CANADA (Anna Bolena, October 2007)

repertoire

  • opera
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  • recital
  • BIZET

    Carmen | Zuniga

  • BRITTEN

    Albert Herring | Superintendent Budd
    Death in Venice | Priest in St. Mark's
    Midsummer Night's Dream, A | Theseus, Quince, Snug
    Rape of Lucretia, The | Collatinus

  • DONIZETTI

    Anna Bolena | Enrico VIII
    Don Pasquale | Don Pasquale
    La Favorita | Baldassare

  • GLASS

    Orphée | Poet, Judge

  • HANDEL

    Ariodante | Il Re di Scozia

  • HINDEMITH

    Hin und Zurück | Orderly

  • MASSENET

    Werther | Le Bailli

  • MONTEVERDI

    L'Orfeo | Caronte, Plutone

  • MOZART

    Così fan tutte | Don Alfonso
    Don Giovanni | Leporello, Masetto, Il Commendatore
    Idomeneo | Voice of Neptune
    Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro, 2nd Armed Man
  • PROKOFIEV

    War & Peace | Gavrila

  • PUCCINI

    Bohème, La | Colline
    Gianni Schicchi | Betto
    Madama Butterfly | Imperial Commissioner

  • PURCELL

    The Indian Queen | High Priest, Hymen

  • RICHARDS, MARK

    Hamlet | Polonius, Gravedigger

  • STRAUSS, R.

    Ariadne auf Naxos | Truffaldino
    Salome | 2nd Soldier

  • STRAVINSKY

    Rake's Progress, The | Trulove
    Renard | Bass 2
    Rossignol, Le | Emporer

  • VERDI

    Aida | Ramfis
    Falstaff | Pistola
    Otello | Lodovico
    Rigoletto | Sparafucile
    Simon Boccanegra | Pietro

  • WARD

    The Crucible | Reverend John Hale

  • WEILL

    Mahagonny Songspiel | Jimmy
  • BACH

    Magnificat
    St. John Passion | Jesus
    St. Matthew Passion | Jesus, Bass Arias

  • BEETHOVEN

    Missa Solemnis

  • BERLIOZ

    L'enfance du Christ | Hérode, Le Père de Famille

  • BRUCKNER

    Te Deum

  • COUTURE, G.

    Jean le Précurseur | Zacharie
  • HAYDN

    Nelson Mass

  • MOZART

    Concert Arias:
    1. Alcandro, lo confesso...Non so donde viene, K.512
    2. Io ti lascio, K.621a
    3. Per questa bella mano, K.612
    Mass in C Minor
    Requiem

  • STRAUSS, R.

    Zwei Gesänge für tiefe Baßstimme mit Orchesterbegleitung, op.51
    1. Das Thal
    2. Der Einsame
  • BRAHMS

    Vier ernste Gesänge, op.121
    1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
    2. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle
    3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du
    4. Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen redete

  • GIBBS, C. ARMSTRONG

    Songs of the Mad Sea Captain, op.111
    1. Hidden Treasure
    2. Abel Wright
    3. Toll the Bell
    4. The Golden Ray

  • LEGRADY, THOMAS

    Three miniatures for bass voice and piano (1984)
    1. fusion
    2. zoos have bars
    3. my love is young

  • MOZART

  • Concert Arias:
    1. Alcandro, lo confesso...Non so donde viene, K.512
    2. Io ti lascio, K.621a
    3. Per questa bella mano, K.612

  • SATIE

    Trois Poèmes d'Amour (1914)
    1. Ne suis que grain de sable
    2. Suis chauve de naissance
    3. Ta parure est secrète
  • SCHUBERT

  • Drei Gesänge von Metastasio für eine Baßstimme, op.83
    1. L'incanto degli occhi
    2. Il traditor deluso
    3. Il modo di prender moglie
  • Schwanengesang, D.957
    1. Ständchen
    2. Aufenthalt
    3. In der Ferne
    4. Der Atlas
    5. Der Doppelgänger

  • SJÖRGEN, E.

  • Tre Sånger för Basröst, op.2
    1. Bergmanden
    2. Romans
    3. Serenad

  • STRAUSS, R.

  • Zwei Gesänge für tiefe Baßstimme mit Orchesterbegleitung, op.51
    1. Das Thal
    2. Der Einsame

  • VERDI

  • Sei Romanze (1838)
    1. Non t'accostare all'urna
    2. More, Elisa, lo stanco poeta
    3. In solitaria stanza
    4. Nell'orror di notte oscura
    5. Perduta ho la pace
    6. Deh, pietoso, oh Addolorata

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