Michael Slattery made his unforgettable New York Philharmonic debut in November 2013, stepping in at the last minute to sing the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings for the Philharmonic’s celebrations of Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday. “It could not have been more triumphant," wrote The Examiner, "Brilliantly acted, his performance was bursting with spirit as he trumpeted his arrival. He took his bows to an enthusiastic audience who welcomed him with thunderous applause.” Slattery rejoined the Philharmonic in their 2014-15 season as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah.
Career highlights include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide at Royal Festival Hall in London; The Very Best of Lerner & Loewe with Kelli O'Hara, Paolo Szot, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass with Iván Fischer and the National Symphony Orchestra; Peter Sellars’Tristan Project with Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten with John Adams- both with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; and the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Berlin Staatsoper.
Mr. Slattery has performed at the Edinburgh, Spoleto, Holland, Athens, Aspen Music, Mostly Mozart, and Williamstown Theater Festivals; and has been a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestras, the Houston, Charlotte, San Antonio, Fort Worth, Pacific, and Kansas City Symphonies, among many others.
Michael Slattery’s solo recordings include The Irish Heart and Dowland in Dublin, chosen by Opera News as one of the best recordings of 2012. He has recorded an impressive number of Handel’s works: Saul with Rene Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi; Acis and Galatea, Atalanta, Samson, andSolomon with Nicholas McGegan.
Recent projects have included Britten’s Curlew River and Roland Auzet’s Steve V, the world premiere Steve Jobs digital opera, with Opéra de Lyon; and Gregory Spears’s minimalist opera Paul’s Case for the Prototype Festival in New York. Slattery performed in Robert Carsen’s new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence last summer, and joins the production in performances around the world. Slattery is a long-time supporter of the organization Sing for Hope and resides in New York City.
“Michael Slattery gave one of the most intense and highly skilled opera performances that I have ever seen by anybody in anything. The ovation he received at the end was thunderous.”
- - JAMES CAMNER - _Opera News_ reviewer & author of _How to Enjoy Opera_ (Simon and Schuster) & _The Great Opera Stars in Historic Photographs_ (Dover) -
“A masterful achievement, upheld by the American tenor Michael Slattery, who gives an earth-shattering performance.”
- LE MONDE -
“Michael Slattery is a stunningly communicative actor and singer. So intense was the emotion it seemed as if time itself had stopped for the listener.”
- AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE -
“Slattery's performance was a lesson in dramatic singing.”
- OPERA TODAY -
“Elemental emotional force.”
- THE FINANCIAL TIMES, LONDON -
“American gusto that would have made Bernstein smile.”
- THE INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE -
“American tenor sensation Michael Slattery would hold his audience at any tempo. Such is his belief in every note he sings and every word he utters.”
- THE INDEPENDENT, LONDON -
“A major operatic find.”
- THE CINCINNATI POST -
- BERLINER MORGENPOST -
- THE NEW YORK TIMES -
“A superb tenor with a pure, expressive voice... warmth, ardor and stunning intonation.”
- THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER -
“Slattery sings his tragic lines with extraordinairy tones and a great variation in colors.”
- OPERA NEDERLAND -
“Slattery sang with great elegance. The most touching singing of the evening.”
- THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS -
“The young American tenor Michael Slattery can expect new admirers. A fierce talent, he embodies masterly the characters he sings.”
- DIE KIRCHE -
“Supremely confident, graceful, secure in his singing.”
- OPERA NEWS -
“It is Mr. Slattery whose desperate plight engages the emotions, and in his anguished, sensual singing, he sets the tone for a dazzling, daring production that will linger in the memory.”
- THE NEW YORK SUN -
““A masterful transformation... Michael Slattery gave a riveting performance.””
- - Andrew Clark, The Financial Times -
““The balance of the elemental and ethereal””
- - Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times -