Area Head, Vocal studies
(Sabbatical Leave 2018-2019)
Michael Dean, Chair of Vocal Studies at UCLA, has performed to great acclaim worldwide in both concert and operatic repertoire, appearing in leading bass-baritone roles with many of the leading opera houses of the U.S. and Europe. He has made frequent appearances at New York City Opera, where he has performed the title role in The Marriage of Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, George in Of Mice and Men, Don Alvaro in Il Viaggio a Reims, and Papageno in The Magic Flute.
Recent appearances have also included Jason McFarlane in the Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Lizzie Borden; the title role in Don Giovanni and Silva in Ernani at the Landestheater in Linz, Austria; Figaro in Antwerp, Belgium, Of Mice and Men at Arizona Opera, Colline in La Bohème in Strasbourg and Berlin; and Arsace in Partenope in Milwaukee. Mr. Dean has also received critical praise for his numerous recordings of baroque opera, including Agrippina, Ottone, Dido and Aeneas, Radamisto, Giustino, and Serse. He recently made his debut with the New York Philharmonic in the world premiere of Aaron Kernis’ Garden Of Light, conducted by Kurt Masur, and returned the following year for Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, conducted by Leonard Slatkin.
Other recent engagements include his New York debut recital sponsored by The Marilyn Horne Foundation; the Verdi Requiem with the Singapore Symphony; The Rake’s Progress in Kansas City; Figaro with Glimmerglass Opera; La Fanciulla del West in Antwerp; Street Scene with Pittsburgh Opera; Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Alabama Symphony; and Orfeo with Boston Baroque. He was featured recently at London’s St. John Smith Square as Pistol in concert performances of Gordon Getty’s Plump Jack.
During recent seasons, Dean’s engagements included Handel’s Messiah at Carnegie Hall; an evening of Bach Cantatas at Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra conducted by Helmut Rilling; Haydn’s Creation and the Bach St. Matthew Passion at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Bach Magnificat with the Toronto Symphony; Bach’s Mass in B minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Bruno Weil at the Carmel Bach Festival; the St. Matthew Passion with the Phoenix Symphony; Mozart’s Requiem with the Buffalo Philharmonic; Messiah with Boston Baroque, the Baltimore Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony; and Mozart Concert Arias with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. This season his appearances include concerts with the Orquestra de Mineria in Mexico City (Beethoven Symphony No. 9), the Houston Symphony (Messiah), the Louisiana Philharmonic (The Creation, Brahms Requiem), and the Pittsburgh Symphony (Messiah).
In addition to his onstage career, Dean has gained a national reputation as a voice teacher. He gives master classes throughout the country, has maintained private studios in New York and Boston, and was a member of the faculty of the New England Conservatory. He is also a member of the Voice Faculty of the prestigious Chautauqua Institution.