Thomas Meglioranza, an American baritone of Thai, Italian and Polish heritage, was born in Manhattan, grew up in New Jersey, and graduated from Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music. He was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy In Singing competitions.
He has sung Messiahs, Bach Passions, and Carmina Buranas with many of America's leading orchestras as well as Copland's Old American Songs with the National Symphony, Peter Maxwell Davies' Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, John Harbison's Fifth Symphony with the Boston Symphony, Milton Babbitt's Two Sonnets with the MET Orchestra, Roberto Sierra's Missa Latina with the Houston Symphony, and Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Described in The New Yorker as an “immaculate and inventive recitalist”, his Songs from the WWI Era program was named one of the "Top Ten Best Classical Performances of the Year" in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His discography includes three acclaimed albums of Schubert lieder and French mélodies with pianist Reiko Uchida, songs of Virgil Thomson with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Bach cantatas with the Taverner Consort.
His operatic roles include Mozart's Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva, as well as Chou Enlai in Nixon in China, and Prior Walter in Eötvös Peter's Angels in America with Opera Boston. He also regularly performs with the Mark Morris Dance Group, including the role of Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas.
Meglioranza is a Visiting Artist in Voice at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He lives in New York City.
last update, June 2014
(photo by Jihee Kim)