American baritone Thomas Meglioranza was a winner of the Walter W. Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Franz Schubert/Music of Modernity, and Joy in Singing competitions. His operatic roles include Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Count Almaviva, as well as Chou En-Lai in Nixon in China, Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös's Angels in America, and Pierrot in Die tote Stadt under the baton of Gil Rose. He has been an oratorio and pops soloist with many of the country’s major orchestras, and has sung Copland's Old American Songs with the National Symphony, Eight Songs for a Mad King with the LA Philharmonic, Bach cantatas with Les Violons du Roy, John Harbison's Fifth Symphony with the Boston Symphony, Milton Babbitt’s Two Sonnets with the MET Chamber Orchestra, and Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina with the Houston Symphony. Described in The New Yorker as “an immaculate and inventive recitalist” his Songs from the WWI Era program was one of the “Ten Best Classical Performances of the Year” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. His discography includes several acclaimed albums of Schubert lieder and French mélodies with pianist Reiko Uchida, orchestral songs of Virgil Thomson with BMOP, and Bach cantatas with the Taverner Consort. He is a graduate of Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music and is a Visiting Artist at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
An "immaculate and inventive recitalist" (The New Yorker), Mr. Meglioranza's evening of WWI-era songs at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society made the Philadelphia Inquirer's list of "Top Ten Classical Music Events of 2009" and enjoyed a sold-out run on the cabaret series of the Café Sabarsky in New York City. He made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2008, singing an all-contemporary American song program, and has recorded an acclaimed CD of Schubert songs with pianist Reiko Uchida.
Mr. Meglioranza's portrayal of Prior Walter in the North American premiere of Peter Eötvös's Angels in America with Opera Boston was described as "immensely touching" (The Boston Globe). Other opera performances include the title role in Don Giovanni with Julius Rudel and the Aspen Opera Theatre, and Chou En-lai in Nixon in China with Opera Boston. He frequently sings with the Mark Morris Dance Group, including the role Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. He also created the title role in Gordon Chin's Mackay: The Black Bearded Bible Man in Taipei.
An avid singer of Bach, Meglioranza has sung many one-voice-per-part performances of the passions and cantatas with conductor Andrew Parrott, and has appeared with such Baroque groups as Philharmonia Baroque, Taverner Consort, American Bach Soloists, Apollo's Fire, Les Violons du Roy, Portland Baroque, Music of the Baroque. He has also sung pre-Baroque music with the Waverly Consort, Pomerium and the Liber Ensemble.
Mr. Meglioranza is an alumnus of Tanglewood, Aspen, Marlboro, and the Steans Insititute at Ravinia. He is of Thai, Polish and Italian heritage and currently resides in Manhattan. His interests include cooking and running.