Michael Slattery made a triumphant debut stepping in at the last minute to sing the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings for the New York Philharmonic’s celebrations of Benjamin Britten’s 100th birthday.
“It could not have been more triumphant," wrote The Examiner, "Brilliantly acted, his performance was bursting with spirit as he trumpeted his arrival.” The New York Times praised the “tenderness, directness and youthful beauty of his singing” noting that “for a graduate of the Juilliard School, a New York Philharmonic debut, especially an unplanned one, is a big deal. During the ovation, it was gratifying to see Mr. Slattery so visibly touched.”
He was subsequently invited to rejoin the New York Philharmonic as the tenor soloist in Handel's Messiah.
Other career highlights so far include the title role in Bernstein’s Candide at the Royal Festival Hall in London; The Very Best of Lerner & Loewe with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; J.S. Bach’s B-minor Mass with Iván Fischer and the National Symphony Orchestra; the title role in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at the Berlin Staatsoper and several collaborations with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; among them Peter Sellars’ Tristan Project with maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philip Glass’s Akhnaten with maestro John Adams.
Michael Slattery’s solo recordings include The Irish Heart and Dowland in Dublin, chosen by Opera News as “One of the best recordings of 2012“. He has also recorded an impressive number of Handel’s works, including Saul with Rene Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi, as well as Acis and Galatea, Atalanta, Samson and Solomon with Nicholas McGegan.
Recent engagements include Britten’s Curlew River and the world premiere of Roland Auzet’s Steve V at Opéra de Lyon, Gregory Spears’s minimalist opera Paul’s Case for the Prototype Festival in New York, and Robert Carsen’s production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.