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I'm Michael. I’m a Canadian opera singer. I trained in Canada, and perform bass roles in Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
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ABOUT ME


I never dreamed I’d be an opera singer. I enrolled in a voice performance degree at Wilfrid Laurier University as a way to keep things interesting while completing my B.A. in English, and unexpectedly fell in love with singing. I decided to pursue a Masters degree in opera at the University of Toronto, and then spent three years in the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio program and one year in the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program.

Along the way, I was guided by amazing teachers at a number of training programs, including Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artists Program, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, Highlands Opera Studio, the International Vocal Arts Institute, and the Banff Centre’s Opera as Theatre Program. I’m grateful for the generous support I’ve received from many sources, including the Canada Council for the Arts.

MY WORK


I’ve had the incredible privilege of performing with many wonderful opera companies and orchestras across Canada, the United States and Europe. I’ve included a selection of my most memorable performances below. I am indebted to the amazing directors, conductors and singers who have taught me so much along the way.

OPÉRA NATIONAL
DE LYON

The Nightingale & Other Short Fables:
Le Rossignol | Bonze
Conductor: Aléjo Perez
Director: Robert Lepage

OPÉRA NATIONAL
DE LYON

The Nightingale & Other Short Fables:
Le Rossignol | Bonze
Conductor: Aléjo Perez
Director: Robert Lepage

SEATTLE OPERA YOUNG ARTISTS PROGRAM

Don Pasquale | Don Pasquale
Conductor: Brian Garman
Director: Peter Kazaras

Werther | Le Bailli
Pianist: Stephanie Rhodes
Director: Peter Kazaras

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Ariadne auf Naxos | Truffaldino
Death in Venice | Youth / Priest in St. Mark’s
Idomeneo | Voice of Neptune
Madama Butterfly | Imperial Commissioner
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Snug
Le Rossignol | Bonze
War & Peace (Prokofiev) | Gavrila
Die Zauberflöte | 2nd Armed Man

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY

Ariadne auf Naxos | Truffaldino
Death in Venice | Youth / Priest in St. Mark’s
Idomeneo | Voice of Neptune
Madama Butterfly | Imperial Commissioner
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Snug
Le Rossignol | Bonze
War & Peace (Prokofiev) | Gavrila
Die Zauberflöte | 2nd Armed Man

COC: ROLES COVERED

Aida | Ramfis
Anna Bolena | Lord Rochefort
La Bohème | Colline
Carmen | Zuniga
Don Giovanni | Masetto
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Theseus
Otello | Lodovico
Le Rossignol | Emporer
Renard | Bass 2
Simon Boccanegra | Pietro
Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro

COC ENSEMBLE STUDIO

Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro
Così fan tutte | Don Alfonso
La Serva Padrona | Uberto
The Brothers Grimm | Brentano / Krause / Rumpelstiltskin

COC ENSEMBLE STUDIO

Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro
Così fan tutte | Don Alfonso
La Serva Padrona | Uberto
The Brothers Grimm | Brentano / Krause / Rumpelstiltskin

GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL

Orphée (Glass) | Poet (cover), Judge (cover)
Conductor: Anne Manson
Director: Sam Helfrich

L’Orfeo | Caronte (cover), Plutone (cover)
Conductor: Antony Walker
Director: Christopher Alden

SASKATOON OPERA

Don Pasquale | Don Pasquale
Conductor: Tadeusz Biernacki
Director: Barbara Montalbetti

Rigoletto | Sparafucile
Conductor: Tadeusz Biernacki
Director: Barbara Montalbetti

SASKATOON OPERA

Don Pasquale | Don Pasquale
Conductor: Tadeusz Biernacki
Director: Barbara Montalbetti

Rigoletto | Sparafucile
Conductor: Tadeusz Biernacki
Director: Barbara Montalbetti

OTHER PERFORMANCES

GUELPH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro

OPERA IN CONCERT
Anna Bolena | Enrico VIII

VICTORIA PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
St. Matthew Passion | Jesus

METROPOLITAN FESTIVAL CHOIR
St. John Passion | Jesus

GRAND RIVER CHORUS
Requiem (Mozart) | Bass Soloist

TRAINING PROGRAMS

THE BANFF CENTRE
Kopernikus (Vivier) | Bass
Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro (cover), 2nd Armed Man

CENTRE FOR OPERA STUDIES IN ITALY
Don Giovanni | Leporello, Il Commendatore
Petite Messe Solennelle | Bass Soloist

HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO
Falstaff | Pistola

INTERNATIONAL VOCAL ARTS INSTITUTE
Montreal & Puerto Rico

TRAINING PROGRAMS

THE BANFF CENTRE
Kopernikus (Vivier) | Bass
Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro (cover), 2nd Armed Man

CENTRE FOR OPERA STUDIES IN ITALY
Don Giovanni | Leporello, Il Commendatore
Petite Messe Solennelle | Bass Soloist

HIGHLANDS OPERA STUDIO
Falstaff | Pistola

INTERNATIONAL VOCAL ARTS INSTITUTE
Montreal & Puerto Rico

OTHER TRAINING

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
Ariodante | Il Re di Scozia
Die Fledermaus | Frank
The Rape of Lucretia | Collatinus
Die Zauberflöte | Sarastro

WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
Albert Herring | Superintendent Budd
The Crucible (Ward) | Reverend John Hale
La Forêt Bleu (Aubert) | Le Père
Hin und Zurück (Hindemith) | Ambulance Man
Mahagonny-Songspiel (Weill) | Jimmy
A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Theseus

REVIEWS


“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)

“Bass Michael Uloth…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, THE RECORD (Nelson Mass)

“Michael Uloth brought a sense of wisdom as well as warmth to Sarastro.”

—Jon Kaplan, NOW MAGAZINE (Die Zauberflöte)

“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)

“The cynical Don Alfonso was urbanely and slyly played by bass Michael Uloth…”

—Ken Winters, THE GLOBE & MAIL (Così fan tutte)

“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)

“Uloth is clearly a talent on the rise…he nailed Enrico’s capricious character…”

—Paula Citron OPERA CANADA (Anna Bolena)

“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)

“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)

“Bass Michael Uloth took full advantage of Colline’s brief moment to shine in ‘Vecchia zimarra’…He has an attractive stage presence—no small advantage in today’s push for dramatic verissimilitude.”

—Joseph So, LA SCENA MUSICALE

“Michael Uloth carried the drama of the second half of the work, being the main character of Judas… Providing a clear interpretation, his voice carried as the changing orchestrations underlay.”

—Brian Chang, MUSICAL TORONTO (The Apostles)

“She was blessed with six of the finest singers in Canada as her soloists – Meredith Hall, Krisztina Szabo, Lawrence Wiliford, Brett Polegato, Daniel Lichti and Michael Uloth – each of whom were in great voice and distinguished themselves with powerful, communicative performances.”

—Larry Beckwith, MASQUE IDEAS (The Apostles)

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