Michael Nyby's Favourite Things

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Michael Nyby's Favourite Things



Since it's the holiday season, we've decided to present an operatic version of "my favourite things" featuring baritone Michael Nyby! If you remember, this talented singer last made an appearance as the hilarious Count Danilo in 2015's The Merry Widow. He will soon be back to spread even more cheer as Dandini, the prince's valet in Cinderella. So here are a few of Michael's favourite things!

Favourite composer: I'm torn between Mozart and Verdi. I think Mozart is probably the composer I most love to listen to, but Verdi is the one I most love to sing. It can't be denied that Verdi crafted the best baritone characters in the operatic canon. Macbeth, Rigoletto, Germont, Rodrigo, Iago, Falstaff, and Ford are all iconic, fully-fleshed, dramatically compelling characters. But I can listen to Le Nozze di Figaro all day every day and never grow tired of it.

Favourite opera you've seen live: The first production I ever saw of Turandot changed my life. I had been to the opera before, but never had I been so riveted to my seat by the music, sets, singing, or action. Everything came together as one grand spectacle in that production, and it opened my mind as to what opera can be.

Favourite opera character: Verdi's Falstaff is the greatest opera ever written, and I am of the opinion that the title character is the greatest character in all of opera.

Favourite aria to recommend to people: "Ella giammai m'amò", King Phillip's monologue from Don Carlo is unparalleled in its showstopping dramatic force. But for vocal fireworks, Marilyn Horne singing "Furibondo spira il vento" from Händel's Partenope is hard to top.

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To see Michael in action as the exuberant Dandini, get your tickets to Rossini's Cinderella starting from $40!

The Merry Widow photo by Nanc Price.

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