Michael Schade

January 23, 1965 -

Picture of Michael Schade
Michael Schade was born in Geneva and raised in Germany and Canada. He lives in Oakville, Ontario; a city just outside of Toronto, Canada. The Canadians consider him Canadian. He has a second home in Vienna, Austria.

Schade is considered a Mozart tenor. He regularly performs at the Canadian Opera Company, Vienna Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Metropolitan Opera, Washington Opera, Opéra National de Paris, San Francisco Opera, Hamburg State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Los Angeles Opera. At the Vienna Staatsoper, Schade has appeared in Daphne, Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Die Zauberflöte, Arabella, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, L'elisir d'amore, Die schweigsame Frau and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

In March 2007, Schade received the title of Kammersänger.

Michael Schade sings Die lustige Witwe: Ich bin eine anständ'ge Frau, with Angelika Kirchschlager
Picture of Angelika Kirchschlager
In RA Format
His parents were German; his father was a successful engineer, and for reasons of this work, the family was moving around a lot. When Michael Schade was born (Jan. 23rd, 1965), they lived in Geneva; when Michael was 12 years old, they eventually settled in Canada, and he got his musical education there and in the USA. Schade is perfectly bilingual, German and English. It's a pity: he is an unusually nice, modest and intelligent person, just that his intelligence (as with so many otherwise intelligent people) doesn't encompass judgement of his own singing, which latter is just terrible: it's definitely more labored than mannered, and to say that he possesses an ill-placed voice would be wrong, because he possesses no voice at all. He never did, but now (at age 45) even what little he once possessed is gone, as this recording from June 2010 - not exactly a demanding piece - proves. He is considered an expert for Mozart and lyrical Strauss roles (like in Die schweigsame Frau or Daphne).
I would like to thank Robert Schlesinger for the recording and notes.

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