A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian-American baritone Michael Nyby has performed with the Vancouver Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera, the Caramoor Festival, Burnaby Lyric Opera, Opera Atelier, Theatre Aquarius, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Duluth Festival Opera, and others.
Mr. Nyby was Danilo in The Merry Widow for Edmonton Opera and sang Messiah for the Windsor Symphony. He returned to the Windsor Symphony this January as Schaunard in a concert version of La Bohème and looks forward to the World Premiere of Togni’s Isis and Osiris for VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert in April 2016.
In February 2015, Mr. Nyby sang the world-premiere, fully staged concert performance of the opera Georgia Bottoms – a comic opera set in modern-day Alabama and later that spring, sang the role of Demetrio in the world premiere of the opera Il sogno by Kristin Hevner Wyatt for Opera Ithaca. No stranger to new music he also performed the world premiere of Scott Wheeler’s 200 Dreams from Captivity in 2014 with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and created the role of William Dale in Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of Kevin Putz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. He performed the singing role of the Young Man in the Canadian Premiere of Joe DiPietro’s play The Last Romance for Theatre Aquarius in 2013, for which he received numerous accolades.
Michael was praised for his “stentorian masculinity” by Musical Toronto after his performance in Carmina Burana with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, and singled out by the New York Times for his “standout” performance in the supporting role of Leuthold in Caramoor’s Guillaume Tell.
Other engagements include performances with the Thunder Bay Symphony (Carmina Burana), Niagara Symphony (Gilbert and Sullivan Concert), Kingston Symphony (Carmina Burana), North York Concert Orchestra (Die Schöpfung), Barrie Choralfest (Faure Requiem and Dvořák Te Deum), and the Toronto Operetta Theatre (Der Vetter aus Dingsda). Michael was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition’s Western Canada District and won third place in the Opera Columbus Irma M. Cooper International Vocal Competition.