Thomas Meglioranza

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Thomas Meglioranza
baritone

Called "one of America's finest young baritones" by New York Newsday, Thomas Meglioranza was a winner of the 2005 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, the Franz Schubert/Modern Music Competition in Graz, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and the Joy in Singing Award. Engagements from 2008-2010 include John Harbison's new Fifth Symphony with the Boston Symphony under the baton of Leonard Slatkin, Handel's Messiah with the Minnesota Orchestra, Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte with pianist Peter Serkin and the Brentano Quartet, Copland's Old American Songs with the National Symphony, Roberto Sierra's Missa Latina with the Houston Symphony, and Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and songs of Virgil Thomson with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He is currently Visiting Artist in Voice at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.

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.

A graduate of Grinnell College and the Eastman School of Music, 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.

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Performances

Voice of America: BMOP
Distler Performance Hall at Tufts University | September 27, 2009
John Adams: Nixon in China
Cutler Majestic Theatre | March 12, 2004

News and Press

[CD Review] Fanfare reviews Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures
For many (myself included), the music of Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) is an acquired taste. Originally I was rather put off by the harmonic simplicity (and occasional banality) of his dominant musical language – a language built almost exclusively upon simple hymnal harmonies and American folk rhythms. However, as the years have passed, I have come to deeply admire music of his work, and several pieces have become true favorites that I listen to often.
Fanfare Full review
[CD Review] Fanfare reviews Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures
Virgil Thomson (1896-1989) is an American composer often talked about and referred to, but infrequently performed. The major record labels have pretty much ignored him, though smaller labels have done a reasonable job in representing his music. This disc, from the label of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, is a significant addition to the Thomson discography.
Fanfare Full review
[CD Review] CLOFO reviews Virgil Thomson: Three Pictures
RECOMMENDED The Harvard music department has certainly produced its share of distinguished American composers, including John Knowles Paine (1839-1905), Arthur Foote (1853-1937), John Alden Carpenter (1876-1951), and Walter Piston (1894-1976). But none was more influential than Mid-Westerner Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), who went on to study with Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) in Paris during the 1920s.
Classical Lost and Found Full review
[CD Review] 'Pictures' Seldom Played
For those who like to stump their musical friends with the old guess-the-composer game, a good puzzler would be "Sea Piece With Birds." This 1952 orchestral work, some four minutes of somber, heaving music, is thick with chromatic chords that move in big parallel blocks, with skittish atonal themes mingling hesitantly above. The atmospheric orchestral colors suggest strangely updated Debussy. A frenetic climax sounds like some ornery blast of Varèse. The composer?
The New York Times Full review
[Concert Review] Florestan, BMOP Offer Sublime Tribute to Vocal Music
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project had a good idea last weekend. They paired with the Florestan Project, a superb vocal group, to present three days of concerts named "Voice of America" at Tufts University’s Distler Performance Hall. Florestan presented the complete songs of Samuel Barber, some 75 in number. The Sunday afternoon concert I attended then featured a chamber-music-sized BMOP with concerted songs of Samuel Barber and Virgil Thomson. Florestan and BMOP together offered a sublime tribute to the voice.
The Boston Musical Intelligencer Full review