MICHAEL SCHADE as Aegisth at the Canadian Opera Company

The tenor roles in Richard Strauss’ operas are hardly new territory for Michael Schade – after all, the role of composer Flamand in Capriccio is one of the declared favourites of the German-Canadian tenor. Audiences also know him as Matteo in Arabella, Leukippos in Daphne or Henry Morosus in Die schweigsame Frau. With his role debut as Aegisth in Elektra, the artist, who has been a lyrical singer for most of his career so far, now enters new, more dramatic terrain.

Michael Schade was highly acclaimed for his role debut by audience and press:

Canadian tenor Michael Schade almost stole the show in his brief and fateful appearance as a top-hatted, cigar-chomping Aegisth, Klytamnestra’s lover and partner-in-crime.
The Star by Michael Crabb | January 27th, 2019

Michael Schade’s Aegisth is a fabulous comic miniature. | January 28th, 2019

Canadian tenor Michael Schade shows that he can be an excellent character singer, his Aegisth was dramatically vivid and vocally spot on.
Ludwig van TORONTO by Joseph So | January 27th 2019


Christine Goerke, Elektra
Erin Wall, Chrysothemis
Susan Bullock, Klytämnestra
Wilhelm Schwinghammer, Orest
Michael Schade, Aegisth

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: James Robinson
Sets: Derek McLane
Costumes: Anita Stewart
Lighting: Mimi Sherin